House passes bill requiring drug plans to cover birth...

Assembly Digest

March 29, 1998|By From staff reports

House passes bill requiring drug plans to cover birth control

A bill that would require health insurers to include birth-control services in their prescription plans was approved by the House of Delegates yesterday.

Over the objection of religious conservatives, delegates voted 83-45 to send the bill to the Senate, which has endorsed an almost identical bill.

Plan to increase pension benefits gets House backing

Legislation that would increase pension benefits for state workers and public school teachers received preliminary approval in the House yesterday after delegates beat back Republican attempts to change the plan.

The bill, which would cost the state about $167 million a year, is expected to receive final House approval tomorrow. Its prospects in the Senate are uncertain.

Delegates back bill targeting Anne Arundel bomb threats

The House of Delegates voted yesterday to give Anne Arundel County a tool to deal with bomb threats by letting the school system seek restitution for the cost of such incidents.

In a case where an individual is charged with making such a threat, the bill would allow the county to submit evidence of what the incident cost the school system.

Weaker version of tobacco bill wins House approval

A weakened version of a bill that would make it easier for the state to win its lawsuit against the tobacco industry won preliminary approval in the House of Delegates yesterday.

Pub Date: 3/29/98

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