House vote gives green light to CarMax to locate in Howard

March 29, 1996|By Norris P. West | Norris P. West,SUN STAFF

A used car "superstore" is coming to Howard County.

The state House passed by 112-20 a bill yesterday that clears the way for CarMax to locate in the county with the promise of 300 new jobs.

The House vote repealed a section of the state's blue laws to allow car dealerships to open in Howard County on Sundays. The House rejected attempts by Baltimore County delegates to delay its implementation for a year.

The measure clears the way for CarMax, a Richmond-based subsidiary of Circuit City, to open at the former Freestate harness track in North Laurel. CarMax has said it would not open in Howard County without permission to operate on Sundays.

Dianna D. Rosborough, a spokeswoman for Gov. Parris N. Glendening, said the governor would sign the bill, which was approved by the Senate, 35-9.

The House defeated an amendment introduced by Del. Diane DeCarlo, a Baltimore County Democrat, that would have delayed implementation of the measure until 1997.

Pub Date: 3/29/96

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