Bill requiring emissions checks for diesel trucks OK'dThe...

Assembly Digest

April 03, 1999|By From staff reports

Bill requiring emissions checks for diesel trucks OK'd

The General Assembly gave final approval yesterday to legislation requiring vehicle emissions testing for large trucks and buses that burn diesel fuel.

The bill, a victory long in coming for environmentalists, now goes to Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who is expected to sign it.

The measure would subject Maryland's 70,000 diesel trucks and buses weighing more than 10,000 pounds, along with the same class of out-of-state vehicles, to random testing for the amount of soot or black smoke that spews out of their exhaust pipes.

Police complaint board bill approved by Senate

The state Senate approved a bill yesterday that would create a citizen board in Baltimore to investigate complaints against police.

A measure with the same objectives also passed a House of Delegates committee, but not before undergoing a major overhaul. The House revisions disappointed some city legislators, in part because they would allow accused police officers to cross-examine witnesses called before the board.

If the House version passes unchanged, a conference committee would be formed to try to iron out differences with the Senate before the session ends April 12.

Pub Date: 4/03/99

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