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Legislative Digest

March 04, 1998

Governor pushes for increase in state cigarette tax

Gov. Parris N. Glendening is urging legislators to approve raising the state tax on cigarettes by as much as $1.50 per package.

"We must do everything possible to prevent young people from starting to smoke and to encourage those who have already begun to stop smoking," Glendening said. He noted that revenues from the tax would go to smoking prevention and child health programs.

High school students and others are expected to lobby for the tobacco tax increase today at a hearing before the Senate budget committee. But the proposal is given a poor chance of passage in an election year when the state is enjoying a budget surplus.

Senate votes to tighten bomb threat penalties

The Maryland Senate approved a bill yesterday that would penalize students who make bomb threats in schools, despite objections by some lawmakers who called the sanctions too harsh.

Sen. Edward Middlebrooks, an Anne Arundel Republican, introduced the bill after public schools in the county had a rash of disruptive bomb threats.

Under the bill, which now goes to the House for consideration, students 16 or older who make such threats or take bombs to school would be charged as adults and face a fine up to $10,000 and a jail term up to 10 years.

Pub Date: 3/04/98

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