Open-meetings bill gainsA revision of the state's...

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March 19, 1991

Open-meetings bill gains

A revision of the state's open-meetings law cleared another hurdle yesterday, as Senate supporters killed an amendment specifically requiring commissions that nominate people for judgeships to do so in public.

The proposed amendment, introduced by Sen. John A. Pica Jr., D-Baltimore, was defeated by a vote of 28 to 19. The full Senate is expected to cast its final vote on the open-meetings bill tomorrow. .

The bill would close a legal loophole that has allowed agencies to bar the public in almost any circumstances. It also would create a three-member Open Meetings Compliance Board and establish a $100 civil penalty if any member of a public body were "knowingly and willfully" to participate in a meeting that violated the open-meetings law.

Quote of the day

"Somebody, somewhere, somehow, before commuting these sentences, should have checked with prosecuting attorneys, should have checked with investigating officers whose job it is to gather evidence, and gone to the judges in these cases who sentenced them."

Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., the Senate president,criticizing the governor forcommuting the sentences of seven female killers

Today

10 a.m.: House and Senate convene, State House.

1 p.m.: Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee considers House bill banning anabolic steroids, Room 300, Senate Office Building.

1 p.m.: House Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee considers Senate bill establishing procedures for quadrennial selection of a state treasurer, Room 140, House Office Building.

There are 21 days remaining in the 1991 General Assembly session.

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