The state should not pre-empt local governments on no-smoking laws, according to 67 percent of callers to SUNDIAL. Of 342 callers, 231 have that opinion, while 111 (32 percent) favor state pre-emption.
Of 344 responses, 188 (54 percent) say minors should be fined for having cigarettes, and 156 (45 percent) disagree. Two-thirds of 343 callers say companies should draft smoking policies (228 vs. 115 callers).
"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as a scientific public opinion poll would be.
Motorcycle helmet law
Maryland once had a law requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets but repealed it in 1979 when motorcycle enthusiasts insisted it was a violation of their personal freedom. Now, with the possibility of federal money as incentive, the House of Delegates has passed a new helmet law, with proponents also citing safety and savings in the cost of treating people injured in motorcycle accidents. The bill now goes to the Senate.
The Evening Sun would like to know what you think. Does Maryland need a motorcycle helmet law?
To register your opinion, call SUNDIAL at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County) today through midnight.