Senate panel rejects bill to lower limit for drunken...

Assembly Digest

March 04, 2000|By Staff reports

Senate panel rejects bill to lower limit for drunken driving

Legislation that would have lowered the legal blood-alcohol limit for drunken driving was defeated in a Senate committee yesterday.

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee rejected the measure, which was sponsored by Sen. Ida G. Ruben, a Montgomery Democrat. Anti-drunken driving advocates have pushed for the change for years.

Under current law, a driver can be convicted of driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level of .10. The bill would have dropped that figure to .08. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have the lower alcohol limit.

House committee defeats abortion-related bill

As expected, a House committee has killed a bill that would have required children under 15 to get parental consent before obtaining treatment or information about abortion.

An emotionally charged hearing last week brought forth parents on both sides of the issue.

This week, the House Environmental Matters Committee killed the bill.

Bill on medical recycling defeated by Finance panel

A bill that would have required Maryland hospitals and clinics to get patients' consent before using recycled medical devices on them has died in a Senate committee.

The Finance Committee defeated the measure Thursday, though it was championed by the panel's chairman, Baltimore County Democrat Thomas L. Bromwell.

Bromwell said he sponsored the bill because of concerns about the safety of the growing practice of reusing devices such as clamps, forceps and heart catheters. Hospitals and companies involved in recycling such devices urged the state to defer to federal regulators, who are considering imposing nationwide standards.

Bill on crab meat imports killed by House committee

A House committee killed legislation yesterday that would have required manufacturers of products using crab meat to tell consumers if the meat is imported.

The legislation was intended to shore up the troubled Maryland crab-picking industry, which has been hurt by imported crab meat.

But the bill ran into heavy opposition from the seafood manufacturing industry, especially Baltimore-based Phillips Foods Inc. In place of a bill, lawmakers decided to name a committee to study the issue and recommend ways to improve prospects for the crab industry.

Bill on revitalization in Balto. Co. sent to House

The Senate approved and sent to the House a bill that would grant Baltimore County government wide power to condemn land and sell it to developers for revitalization projects in Essex-Middle River, Dundalk and Reisterstown.

The bill sought by County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger cleared the Senate on a vote of 37-5.

Many property owners in the affected areas have lobbied against the bill, saying it would displace longtime residents and businesses.

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