Corporal punishment ban OK'd, goes to House
The Maryland Senate voted yesterday to ban corporal punishment in the rural counties that still allow it, despite objections from lawmakers who said corporal punishment makes Eastern Shore schools better than their urban counterparts.
The Senate vote was 27-19 to approve a statewide ban on corporal punishment just two days after the measure had failed, one vote short of a majority.
The bill now moves to the House of Delegates, which in previous years has introduced and supported similar legislation. It was always the Senate that amended the bill so 12 counties were exempt from the statewide ban on corporal punishment.
While 12 counties are listed as exceptions under the law, seven have banned the practice by policy or school board action. Only five -- Cecil, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester -- allow corporal punishment. And only Wicomico has used it in the past two years.
Committee OKs measure to set 65-mph speed limit
A bill to raise the speed limit to 65 mph on some rural highways came speeding out of a Senate committee yesterday, despite the fact that a veto seems certain.
The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 6-5 to approve a House bill for a 65-mph speed limit. Gov. William Donald Schaefer vetoed a similar measure last year.
"I remain opposed to raising the speed limit to 65 mph," the governor wrote the committee chairman, Sen. Walter M. Baker, D-Cecil. "I believe that any increase in the speed limit would increase the number of fatalities and injuries on the road."