House approves merger of two UM campuses
The House of Delegates yesterday overwhelmingly approved a proposal to merge two University of Maryland campuses in the Baltimore area, but the measure appears near death in the Senate.
The bill calls for combining the downtown University of Maryland at Baltimore and the University of Maryland Baltimore County campus in Catonsville into a new University of Maryland-Baltimore run by a single administration.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Prince George's, said he does not support the merger.
Educators and politicians from the Washington metropolitan area worry that the merger will hurt the university's flagship campus in nearby College Park.
"This merger will require a great deal of additional funds and would take away from community colleges, historically black colleges and other components of the University of Maryland System," Mr. Miller said.
The bill's proponents, however, said the merger would not cost money but instead could save a little.
The vote in the House was 94-17.
Delegates OK bill moving Memorial Day to May 30
The House of Delegates yesterday voted 91-35 for a bill that would return the state Memorial Day celebration to May 30.
The state celebrated the holiday on that day for decades until changing it several years ago to coincide with the federal holiday, the fourth Monday in May.
The bill, sponsored by Del. Rosa Lee Blumenthal, D-Prince George's, passed the House last year but died in the Senate.
Supporters say that the date should be changed for historical reasons, while opponents fear that having separate federal and state holidays will put a strain on families who want to be together that day.