Assault weapons ban defeated again, 12-34
A last-ditch effort to resurrect the Schaefer administration's assault weapons ban failed in the Maryland Senate yesterday.
Sen. Decatur W. Trotter, a Prince George's Democrat, tried to add a ban on 48 assault weapons to an unrelated gun bill. Several senators objected -- but most cited parliamentary procedure, not the issue at hand.
The amendment failed 12-34.
The assault weapons ban was voted down 6-5 in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee earlier this month.
Sen. Walter M. Baker, the committee's chairman, asked the members not to support any attempt to amend the ban onto other gun bills coming out of the committee.
Committee passes bill on growth containment
A Senate committee unanimously approved yesterday a growth-management bill that has been beefed up to make it more acceptable to environmentalists.
The Schaefer administration bill, approved earlier this month by the House of Delegates, was amended by the committee to require consistency in local-development ordinances. The amendments also removed language that had said local governments did not have to implement growth plans if they lacked the resources to do so.
Sen. Gerald W. Winegrad, an Anne Arundel Democrat who had worked on the amendments with the administration, said it now was a "delicately balanced" piece of legisla1tion. Mr. Winegrad said he supported it "with reservations."
Sen. Clarence W. Blount, a Baltimore Democrat, said he had heard from several environmental groups about the bill. "All are not exactly ecstatic, but I think many of them are not going to try and shout it down," he said.
Today in Annapolis
10 a.m.: House and Senate convene, State House.
1 p.m.: Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee considers House Bill 329, concerning punitive damages in civil actions, Room 300, Senate Office Building.
1 p.m.: House Judiciary Committee considers Senate Bill 364 banning incendiary ammunition, Room 120, House Office Building.
There are 12 days remaining in the 1992 General Assembly session.