Bill would shield fire, rescue workersDel. Lawrence A...


February 06, 1994

Bill would shield fire, rescue workers

Del. Lawrence A. LaMotte, D-Carroll, is co-sponsoring a bill in the House of Delegates to protect fire or rescue workers from civil liability when they are working outside their jurisdictions.

House Bill 206 says that if a worker is outside his jurisdiction or off duty, he could not be held civilly liable for any act or omission when providing assistance or medical care except to the extent that he would be liable in his own jurisdiction.

Del. E. Farrell Maddox, D-Baltimore County, is the bill's main sponsor. The bill was assigned to the Judiciary Committee.

Mr. LaMotte also has introduced House Bill 461 concerning the State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators.

The bill would change the composition of the board, specify duties for the board chairman and change certain provisions about who may be a nursing home administrator.

The bill will be heard in the Environmental Matters Committee, of which Mr. LaMotte is a member, at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Elliott would extend protections to accused

Del. Donald B. Elliott, R-Carroll, has introduced a bill in the House of Delegates that would extend certain protections to people accused of having abused "vulnerable" adults.

Vulnerable adults are people who lack the physical or mental capacity to provide for their daily needs.

House Bill 378 would prohibit unauthorized disclosure of certain records and reports pertaining to alleged abuse or neglect and would provide for certain hearings.

The bill was sent to the Judiciary Committee.

Last year, Mr. Elliott was successful in providing similar protections for people accused of child abuse.

Three other bills sponsored by Mr. Elliott will be heard in the Judiciary Committee next week.

House Bills 368 and 369, which would require authorities to notify victims of child abuse or violent crimes when their attackers are to be released from prison, will be heard at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

House Bill 383, which would make a person liable for damages on rental property, such as videotapes, that is not returned, will -- be heard at 1 p.m. Thursday.

2 bills would abolish state parole system

Two bills sponsored by Carroll delegates to abolish the state parole system will be heard at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the House Judiciary Committee.

House Bill 359 is sponsored by Del. Richard C. Matthews, a Carroll Republican.

The parole system is used mainly as a way to ease prison crowding, Mr. Matthews said. Many prisoners who are on parole commit other crimes, and the Parole Commission ignores tough penalties enacted by the legislature and imposed by the courts, he said.

Del. Richard N. Dixon, a Carroll Democrat, is sponsoring a similar measure, House Bill 274. He introduced the same legislation last year, and it was killed in committee.

Mr. Dixon also is co-sponsoring with Del. Ellen R. Sauerbrey, a Baltimore County Republican, House Bill 108, which would prohibit parole for people convicted of certain violent crimes.

The Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on that bill at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Haines introduces land-sale bill

Sen. Larry E. Haines, a Republican representing Carroll and Baltimore counties, has introduced a bill to permit the sale of certain subdivision lots before the plat has received final approval from the local planning commission and has been officially recorded.

Senate Bill 270 also would require that the buyer receive notice if there is any change to the plat when it receives final approval and allow the buyer to cancel the contract under certain circumstances.

Mr. Haines owns Haines Realty in Westminster.

The bill was sent to the Senate Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee for a hearing.

Haines crime bill approved by panel

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee has voted 10-1 to approve a crime bill sponsored by Sen. Larry E. Haines, a Republican representing Carroll and Baltimore counties.

Senate Bill 51 would make it a felony for an adult to bring a minor into Maryland to sell drugs.

Committee Chairman Sen. Walter M. Baker, a Cecil County Democrat, was the only one to oppose the bill in the Feb. 1 vote.

The full Senate now will vote on the measure. The same bill passed the Senate last year, but was defeated by a House committee.

Work-release bill loses in committee

The House Judiciary Committee has voted down a bill co-sponsored by Del. Donald B. Elliott, a Republican representing Carroll and Howard counties, that would have prohibited prisoners serving life sentences from participating in work-release programs.

The committee voted 14-4 against the bill Jan. 20.

Del. Richard C. Matthews, a Carroll Republican, voted against the measure.

Del. Ethel A. Murray, a Democrat from Cecil and Harford, was the main sponsor of House Bill 14.

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