State Questions

October 30, 1992

There are five state constitutional amendments listed on Maryland's Nov. 3 ballot. Yet the first two are identical, as are the next two -- duplicate amendments were passed by the General Assembly and neither sponsor withdrew. Nos. 1 and 2 would allow six-member rather than 12-member juries in civil trials. Nos. 3 and 4 would increase the minimum amount in a civil controversy from $2,500 to $5,000 before there could be a jury trial. These are good proposals that would make the administration of justice more efficient for all -- and less expensive.

Question No. 5 would increase the amount of time a county's charter board has to prepare a home rule charter, from 12 months to 18 months. This, too, is a sensible amendment.

We urge a vote FOR these three constitutional amendments.

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