Delegates reject measure to require voters' OK for...

Assembly Digest

March 21, 1998|By From staff reports

Delegates reject measure to require voters' OK for hotel

Baltimore's House delegation voted yesterday to reject a bill that would have required voter approval for the Inner Harbor East hotel, all but guaranteeing the measure's defeat in the legislature.

In a heated meeting, city delegates voted 10-8 against the bill. It would have sent the controversial Wyndham hotel project to referendum in November, along with the Grand Hyatt proposed next to the Convention Center. City senators voted against the proposal earlier in the week.

The vote was a victory for Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, a staunch supporter of the Wyndham project. The House bill was sponsored by Del. Howard P. Rawlings, a Baltimore Democrat.

Bill would make it easier to end abusive marriages

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee approved a bill yesterday that would allow spouses in abusive marriages to get a divorce without waiting two years.

Under current law, a contested divorce is granted after a two-year separation unless there are circumstances such as adultery, desertion, conviction of a crime or insanity. The bill would add "cruelty of treatment" or "excessively vicious conduct" to that list.

The bill goes to the full Senate. The House of Delegates has approved a similar measure.

17 P.G. delegates endorse Glendening

Seventeen of 20 Democrats in the Prince George's County House delegation have endorsed Gov. Parris N. Glendening's bid for a second four-year term, calling him "the best choice" to lead Maryland for another four years.

Glendening faces a primary challenge from Harford County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann and Montgomery County businessman Raymond F. Schoenke Jr. Prince George's County senators endorsed Glendening, a former county executive, last summer.

Glendening's camp awaits a decision from County Executive Wayne K. Curry, who has been unhappy with some of his actions.

Pub Date: 3/21/98

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