County delegation ready to pursue legislative wish list

January 09, 1994|By Staff Report

When the General Assembly convenes Wednesday, state lawmakers from Anne Arundel County will pursue a variety of bills, with objectives ranging from gun control to allowing an Annapolis tavern to sell its own brand of beer on a carryout basis.

Del. Phillip D. Bissett, a Mayo Republican, said he intends to introduce a bill guaranteeing that if hospital patients want to donate their organs after their deaths, their families cannot interfere.

Another bill that Mr. Bissett said he will sponsor would define what evidence is admissible in sexual harassment cases. A similar bill of his died in committee last year despite support from women's groups.

Del. John C. Astle, an Annapolis Democrat and candidate for the Senate seat held by Sen. Gerald W. Winegrad, said he will introduce several gun control bills. One bill would make it illegal for anyone under 18, a habitual drug user or a convicted felon to possess a handgun.

Another of his bills would require gun dealers to take a photo and thumbprint of anyone who buys a gun. The photo and print would be given to state police, who could use them for reference if the gun were used in a crime.

Del. Joan Cadden, a Brooklyn Park Democrat, said she will introduce bills that would require school bus drivers to stop at railroad crossings and would open pension records of elected and appointed officials to the public.

Ms. Cadden also is sponsoring legislation that would bar net fishing between Bodkin Point and Fort Smallwood during the white perch spawning season, January through March. Last year, Pasadena residents complained that a fisherman's nets barred white perch from reaching a spawning area in Boyds Pond.

Mr. Winegrad, an Annapolis Democrat, said he will introduce legislation that would allow the Ram's Head Tavern to sell small, carryout containers of its microbrew beer. Microbrewery pubs in certain counties already have that privilege, he said.

Sen. Michael J. Wagner, a Glen Burnie Democrat, said he may introduce legislation offering protection to residents affected by jet noise from changing landing patterns at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

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