Here is how members of Maryland's delegation on Capitol...

VOTES IN CONGRESS

June 20, 1999|By Roll Call Report Syndicate

Here is how members of Maryland's delegation on Capitol Hill were recorded on important roll-call votes last week:

Y: Yes N: No X: Not voting

House: Gun shows

Voting 218 for and 211 against, the House approved the weaker of two proposals for requiring background checks on buyers at gun shows. Written by John D. Dingell, a Michigan Democrat, it was supported by the National Rifle Association and opposed by Handgun Control Inc. It addressed a loophole that allows unlicensed dealers at weekend shows and flea markets to sell firearms without federal checks to determine whether the buyer has a criminal record. Under the Brady law, licensed dealers, but not hobbyists and collectors, must submit customers to federal background checks, which can take as long as three business days. An estimated 4,400 gun shows are held each year in the United States.

A yes vote backed the Dingell plan for background checks at gun shows.

Y N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert, R-2nd

* N * Hoyer, Steny H. D-5th

Y * * Bartlett, Roscoe G., R-6th

* N * Wynn, Albert R., D-4th

* N * Cardin, Benjamin L., D-3rd

* N * Cummings, Elijah, D-7th

* N * Gilchrest, Wayne T., R-1st

* N * Morella, Constance A., R-8th

House: Background checks

The House rejected, 193 for and 235 against, the stricter of two amendments for requiring background checks on those who buy from unlicensed dealers at gun shows. It was sponsored by Carolyn McCarthy, a New York Democrat. It differed from the above proposal by Dingell by allowing law enforcement authorities three business days rather than 24 hours to complete a background check. It more broadly defined what constitutes a gun show, and applied to all transactions spawned by a show, not just those completed at the weekend event.

A yes vote was to approve a gun show measure backed by Handgun Control Inc.

Y N X Member

* N * Ehrlich, Robert, R-2nd

Y * * Hoyer, Steny H. D-5th

Y * * Bartlett, Roscoe G., R-6th

Y * * Wynn, Albert R., D-4th

Y * * Cardin, Benjamin L., D-3rd

Y * * Cummings, Elijah, D-7th

Y * * Gilchrest, Wayne T., R-1st

Y * * Morella, Constance A., R-8th

House: Juvenile crime

By a vote of 249 for and 181 against, the House adopted a Republican amendment providing for harsher treatment of juveniles convicted of federal crimes involving guns, drugs and explosives. It was attached to a juvenile justice bill (HR 1501) that was later sent to a House-Senate conference. In part, it gives prosecutors rather than judges the power to charge juveniles as adults; increases mandatory minimum penalties for juveniles convicted of possessing guns with the intent to take them to school or to commit a serious felony; defines a "street gang" as made up of at least three persons; toughens penalties for certain gang crimes; and increases mandatory minimum penalties on adult crimes involving the distribution of firearms and drugs to minors.

A yes vote was to adopt the amendment.

Y N X Member

Y * * Ehrlich, Robert, R-2nd

* N * Hoyer, Steny H. D-5th

Y * * Bartlett, Roscoe G., R-6th

* N * Wynn, Albert R., D-4th

* N * Cardin, Benjamin L., D-3r

* N * Cummings, Elijah, D-7th

Y * * Gilchrest, Wayne T., R-1st

* N * Morella, Constance A., R-8th

House: Ten Commandments

The House passed, 248 for and 180 against, an amendment to a juvenile justice bill (HR 1501, above) leaving it up to states to decide whether the Ten Commandments may be displayed on state property, including their schools.

A yes vote backed the amendment.

Y N X Member

* N * Ehrlich, Robert, R-2nd

* N * Hoyer, Steny H. D-5th

Y * * Bartlett, Roscoe G., R-6th

* N * Wynn, Albert R., D-4th

* N * Cardin, Benjamin L., D-3rd

* N * Cummings, Elijah, D-7th

Y * * Gilchrest, Wayne T., R-1st

* N * Morella, Constance A., R-8th

Senate: Y2K problem

Senators passed, 62 for and 37 against, a bill limiting companies' liability in lawsuits arising from year 2000 computer glitches. The problem is expected to begin occurring later this year, when some computers mistakenly read 2000 as 1900.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

Pub Date: 6/20/99

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