Bill to require simultaneous use of lights, wipers...

Legislative Digest

February 15, 1997|By From staff reports

Bill to require simultaneous use of lights, wipers advances

A bill that would require motorists in Maryland to turn on their headlights or parking lights whenever they use their windshield wipers was approved yesterday by the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee.

Proponents say the goal is to make cars more visible in inclement weather.

The measure, sponsored by Del. Betty Workman, an Allegany County Democrat, goes to the full House of Delegates for consideration.

Easing of helmet law for motorcyclists defeated

A House of Delegates committee has killed a bill that would have allowed adults to ride motorcycles in Maryland without wearing helmets.

The Commerce and Government Matters Committee rejected the bill Thursday 12-9. The bill, sponsored by Del. George W. Owings III, a Calvert County Democrat, would have rewritten state law to require only those under 18 to wear helmets.

Since 1992, state law has required all motorcycle riders to wear helmets.

Bill on birth certificates after sex changes rejected

The House Environmental Matters Committee defeated yesterday a bill that would have allowed people who undergo sex-change procedures to receive new birth certificates.

Under current law, people can have sex changes marked on their original birth certificates but may not receive new certificates.

The bill was sponsored by Del. Sharon M. Grosfeld of Montgomery County and Del. Salima S. Marriott of Baltimore, both Democrats.

Delegate wants milk to be the state drink

Milk would be the official state drink under legislation approved by the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee yesterday.

The one-line bill would amend state law to include: "Milk is the state drink."

The measure, sponsored by Del. Paul S. Stull, R-Frederick, will be considered by the full House of Delegates.

Pub Date: 2/15/97

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