Panel kills two bills on victim notificationANNAPOLIS...


February 22, 1994

ANNAPOLIS — Panel kills two bills on victim notification

ANNAPOLIS -- The House Judiciary Committee has killed two bills sponsored by Del. Donald B. Elliott that would have required prisons to notify victims of sexual abuse, child abuse and violent crimes when their attacker is released.

The committee voted 13-7 Friday to kill House Bills 368 and 369 introduced by Mr. Elliott, a Republican representing Carroll and Howard counties.

Del. Richard C. Matthews, a Carroll Republican and Judiciary Committee member, voted for his colleague's bills.

Scrap tire recycling, liquor license weighed


ANNAPOLIS -- Carroll County bills governing the recycling of scrap tires and the creation of a new liquor license will be heard in legislative committee today.

The bills are:

* House Bill 550, which would alter the definition of recycling to include using scrap tires as fuel.

Lehigh Portland Cement Co. in Union Bridge plans to burn used tires as fuel, and the county would like to get recycling credit for the tires. Carroll must recycle 15 percent of its waste by the end of the year.

Two Carroll legislators are members of the House Environmental Matters Committee, which will hear testimony on the bill at 1 p.m.

Del. Lawrence A. LaMotte, a District 5B Democrat, said last month that the bill could have statewide impact and should be studied further. Del. Donald B. Elliott, a District 4B Republican, said he supports the bill.

* House Bill 866, which would create a new Class BR liquor license to allow restaurants to serve only one evening meal at least six days a week.

L The owners of Rudys' 2900 in Finksburg asked for the change.

Current law says restaurants with Class B licenses must serve two meals a day during the week and one meal daily on weekends.

The House Economic Matters will hear testimony on the bill at 1 p.m.

Bill to make terrapin an official state symbol


ANNAPOLIS -- Carroll Democrat Charles Smelser is a co-sponsor of a bill to declare the diamondback terrapin a Maryland state symbol.

State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller is sponsoring the bill to make the animal -- known scientifically as Malaclemy's terrapin -- the state reptile and the "official" mascot of the University of Maryland College Park.

Sports teams at the university already are named after the terrapin, but several College Park students asked Mr. Miller if he could do something to make it official.

Mr. Miller introduced the bill because he felt strongly about the turtle as a state symbol that people all over the country could identify with Maryland, said aide John Stierhoff.

"In fact, the diamondback terrapin is almost a diplomat for the state of Maryland," said Mr. Stierhoff, who was in charge of getting other Maryland graduates in the Senate to co-sponsor the bill.

One of those is Mr. Smelser, who graduated in 1942.

"I guess I felt a moral obligation to my alma mater," Mr. Smelser said.

Maryland already has an impressive array of symbols, from the familiar Baltimore oriole and black-eyed Susan to the somewhat obscure sport of jousting.

The diamondback isn't the only item under consideration to be added to the list of state symbols.

For a second year, Sen. Leo Green, a Prince George's Democrat, taking a swing at getting square dancing recognized as the state folk dance.

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