House committee kills amended cigarette vending machines...

Assembly Digest

March 19, 1998|By From staff reports

House committee kills amended cigarette vending machines 0) bill

A bill that would have prohibited most coin-operated cigarette vending machines was killed by a House committee yesterday after it was amended so severely that its sponsor turned against it.

Del. Dan K. Morhaim, a Baltimore County Democrat, joined the majority of the Environmental Matters Committee in the 10-9 vote after opponents succeeded in tacking on amendments that he said would have permitted too many exceptions to the ban.

The bill was intended to curb access to cigarettes by teen-agers.

Senate panel OKs measure to create radium task force

A Senate committee voted yesterday to create a state task force that would examine the health risks of a radiation treatment that more than 60,000 Marylanders received as children.

Under the bill, which goes to the Senate, the task force would be given two years to conduct its study. The panel also would be charged with recommending a system for notifying people.

Nasal radium therapy was prescribed from the 1940s to 1960s for ear troubles, hearing loss, tonsillitis and allergies.

Pub Date: 3/19/98

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