$7 million for blighted neighborhoods approved

IN THE LEGISLATURE

April 08, 1995|By Sun staff writer John A. Morris from staff reports.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening's plan for a $7 million program to encourage development in disadvantaged neighborhoods won final approval from the General Assembly yesterday.

By a unanimous vote in the Senate and a 116-17 vote in the House of Delegates, the legislature approved the governor's "Neighborhood Business Development Program."

The program will offer loans, grants and other financial assistance to small businesses in poor neighborhoods.

The fund, which will be controlled by the Department of Housing and Community Development, is aimed at stimulating private investment in blighted areas.

It is intended as a small-scale version of the federally funded urban redevelopment efforts of the past.

The program was one of the governor's key economic development issues for this year's legislative session.

Senate panel says no to troopers in Baltimore

A bill that would have allowed the Maryland State Police to enforce traffic laws in the city of Baltimore was killed by a Senate panel Thursday.

The Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 9-1 to defeat the measure.

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and the city police commissioner had opposed it.

The bill, sponsored by Baltimore Del. Timothy D. Murphy, a Democrat, won narrow approval in the House of Delegates last month.

Baltimore is the only Maryland jurisdiction where state police do not have any enforcement authority.

The bill would have granted limited authority to make traffic stops.

Mr. Murphy and other supporters said the bill would have allowed the 100 or more troopers who live in the city to back up Baltimore's undermanned police force.

Supporters complained city officials were simply worried about protecting turf.

Baltimore officials have argued that allowing state police to act independently in the city would be confusing and potentially dangerous.

Bill to punish parents of young drinkers dies

A bill to punish adults who "knowingly and willingly" allow underage drinkers to consume alcohol in their homes was killed this week by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

Supporters said the bill would help curb adult-sanctioned beer parties for teen-agers.

But opponents argued that it is already against the law to "contribute to the delinquency of a minor."

Some also argued that it would discourage parents who try to teach their children not to drink and drive.

Del. Pauline H. Menes, the Prince George's County Democrat who sponsored the bill, said she will try again next year.

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