House adds its OK to Glendening bill for science...

Assembly Digest

March 26, 1998|By From staff reports

House adds its OK to Glendening bill for science scholarship

Moving to encourage more Maryland high school students to major in technology and science, the House of Delegates voted 108-24 last night to approve Gov. Parris N. Glendening's proposal to create a scholarship in those fields.

The bill would provide a scholarship of up to $3,000 a year to students with a B average in high school who study computer science, engineering or other technology fields at a Maryland college.

The students would have to maintain the average in college to keep the aid.

The measure would cost about $10 million when fully in place.

The Senate has approved a similar bill, and the two chambers are expected to work out differences in the measures before the session ends April 13.

Unanimous House backs full-time ethics attorney

The House of Delegates unanimously approved a bill last night that would set up a new ethics office staffed by a full-time attorney to advise lawmakers on how to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

Currently, the General Assembly's ethics committee is served by staff with other legislative responsibilities.

The measure, sponsored by House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. and Del. Elizabeth Bobo, a Democrat from Howard County, was prompted by a series of newspaper articles highlighting ethical controversies involving legislators.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

Needle-exchange program for Prince George's advances

The House passed a bill last night that would permit Prince George's County to create a needle-exchange program as part of its efforts to control the spread of acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

If the measure passes the Senate, Prince George's would join Baltimore as the only Maryland jurisdictions to have such a program.

The Senate earlier rejected a broader needle-exchange bill, but a measure applying only to Prince George's is given better chances because of support among county senators.

The House bill was sponsored by Del. Pauline H. Menes, a Prince George's Democrat.

Bill to help adoptees moves to the Senate

A bill designed to make it easier for adoptees to locate their birth parents cleared the House of Delegates last night, 134-1.

Sponsored by Del. Frank S. Turner, a Howard County Democrat, the measure would authorize state social services employees, working with confidential intermediaries, to help adoptees in their searches.

The proposal now goes to the Senate.

Pub Date: 3/26/98

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