Emissions bill stalled a bit by House leadersANNAPOLIS...


March 13, 1994|By From Staff Reports

ANNAPOLIS — Emissions bill stalled a bit by House leaders

ANNAPOLIS -- House leaders are trying to stymie a bill that would require all state residents to participate in the vehicle emissions inspection program, Del. Donald B. Elliott said Friday.

Mr. Elliott, a Republican representing Carroll and Howard, is sponsoring the bill for the fourth year. The measure, House Bill 521, passed the Environmental Matters Committee 13-5 two weeks ago.

House leaders sent the legislation to the Ways and Means Committee last week because they said it could be considered a new tax. Mr. Elliott said it is not a new tax, but a tax that would be applied to more people.

Residents in eight metropolitan counties, including Carroll, now are required to pay the $8 fee. Six more counties are scheduled to begin paying next year.

"I knew we'd run into trouble on the [House] floor," Mr. Elliott said.

Carroll bills pass House, go to Senate


ANNAPOLIS -- The House of Delegates passed two Carroll County bills Friday 136-0. The bills now go to the Senate for a vote. The bills are:

* House Bill 866, which would create a liquor license for restaurants to allow the businesses to serve only one meal at least six days a week. Restaurants with liquor licenses now must serve two meals a day during the week and one meal a day on weekends.

The owners of Rudys' 2900 in Finksburg requested the change because they have never done a brisk lunch business.

* House Bill 1439, which would increase the salaries of the county's three Orphans' Court judges to $7,500 a year from $6,500.

The judges had asked the Carroll delegation for a raise to

$9,500, but the delegation voted against that.

Punitive damage limits sidelined for a year


ANNAPOLIS -- The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee has postponed until next year action on two bills that would limit punitive damages in civil lawsuits to twice the amount of compensatory damages.

The bills "would require a lot of debate," which the Senate doesn't have time for because it must deal with gun-control legislation and the fiscal 1995 budget, said sponsor Sen. Larry E. Haines.

The Carroll Republican said Friday that the legislation would help reduce the cost of health care, insurance and other services.

The committee also postponed action on another punitive damages bill sponsored by Sen. John A. Pica Jr., a Baltimore Democrat.

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