Bill on emission fee passes House hurdleANNAPOLIS -- A...


March 06, 1994|By From Staff Reports

ANNAPOLIS — Bill on emission fee passes House hurdle

ANNAPOLIS -- A bill to require all state residents to share in the cost of the state's vehicle emissions program passed a House committee Friday, and its sponsor, Del. Donald B. Elliott, said he was surprised.

"Finally, they acknowledged the fairness," said Mr. Elliott, a Republican representing Carroll and Howard counties.

The Environmental Matters Committee voted 13-5 to approve House Bill 521. It goes to the House floor for debate.

"It ain't over yet," Mr. Elliott said.

This was the fourth year he introduced the legislation, which would require all Maryland residents to pay an emissions control fee.

Currently, only residents in eight metropolitan counties, including Carroll, are required to pay. Six more counties are scheduled to begin paying next year.

Use of tires as fuel will not be credited


ANNAPOLIS -- A House committee has killed a Carroll County bill designed to give the county recycling "credit" for old tires used as fuel in cement kilns.

The Environmental Matters Committee voted 13-6 Friday to defeat House Bill 550.

Republican committee member Donald B. Elliott said he would like to see the Carroll delegation rewrite the bill and submit it again next year.

The Maryland Department of the Environment opposed the measure, which would have been effective statewide. Richard Collins, director of the department's Waste Management Administration, said that burning tires as fuel is a good practice but that it's not recycling.

Pay increase for judges clears House committee


ANNAPOLIS -- A House committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a request for salary increases for Carroll's three Orphans Court judges. The Carroll delegation sponsored House Bill 1349, which would increase the judges' salaries to $7,500 a year from $6,500 and increase their travel allowances to $200 a year from $100. The measure goes to the House floor. Such local bills usually are enacted by the General Assembly if the local delegation approved them.

If approved, the raises would be effective after elections later this year. The Carroll judges, all Republicans, had asked for salary increases to $9,500 and increases in their travel expenses $500 a year.

Land-sale bill dies in Senate


ANNAPOLIS -- The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 6-5 Friday to kill a land-sale bill sponsored by Sen. Larry E. Haines, a District 5 Republican. Senate Bill 270 would have permitted the sale of certain subdivision lots before the plat has received final approval from the local planning commission and has been officially recorded.

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