ANNAPOLIS -- Four days after refusing a Schaefer administration plan to provide $1 million next year for poor pregnant women and their children, the House of Delegates gave final approval to a proposal to mandate the same program in 1993.
In a 128-2 vote, the House passed the bill to mandate $1 million in state aid to the federal Women, Infants and Children program, which provides food packages to poor families. The two dissenting votes were cast by Delegates Martha S. Klima, R-Baltimore County, and Robert A. Thornton Jr., D-Caroline. Earlier this week, Gov. William Donald Schaefer included the same amount of money in a supplemental budget for fiscal year 1992 that he submitted to the legislature Monday.
Lawmakers rejected the budget, which proposed a total of $48.3 million in social programs, including WIC, because it came so late in the 90-day session and because the programs would have been financed by money earmarked for transportation.