Glendening proposal would help pay for teacher raises...

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February 29, 2000|By From staff reports

Glendening proposal would help pay for teacher raises

Gov. Parris N. Glendening proposed yesterday a $62.8 million supplemental budget that would help pay for higher teacher salaries statewide and for abating lead-paint hazards in Baltimore.

The proposal includes $35 million from the tobacco lawsuit settlement to help pay for the first year of a state-supported salary increase for teachers. Under a plan announced by the governor this month, any county raising teachers' pay at least 4 percent in each of the next two years would get state aid to increase the pay raise to 5 percent.

Glendening also proposed $5 million as the state's additional contribution this year to a three-year, $50 million initiative to combat lead paint poisoning in Baltimore. The money would be used for grants to property owners for lead-paint abatement and for increased enforcement.

Bill to prohibit masks at protests is killed

A House committee has killed a bill that would have prohibited people from wearing masks during demonstrations and marches.

The bill, which was aimed at the Ku Klux Klan, was opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations, which said it would infringe on the constitutional right to free speech.

The House Judiciary Committee defeated the bill Friday night.

Ex-comptroller to chair panel on water conservation

Former Comptroller Robert L. Swann will chair a committee on water conservation that was created after last year's drought, Gov. Parris N. Glendening announced yesterday.

The governor also appointed Dr. F. Pierce Linaweaver of the Maryland Geological Survey to head a technical advisory committee on infrastructure.

The committee was created to recommend methods of preventing water losses and leaks in the supply system.

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