A Senate committee passed a bill Friday that

Assembly Digest

March 06, 2000|By From staff reports

Senate panel OKs bill to limit cigarette vending

A Senate committee passed a bill Friday that would ban most cigarette vending machines.

The measure, which has been defeated several years in a row, is designed to stop minors from purchasing cigarettes. Sponsored by Sen. Ida G. Ruben, a Montgomery Democrat, the legislation passed the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on a vote of 7-3.

`Brownfields' aid bill given unanimous approval

The Senate Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee unanimously approved a bill Friday that would make it easier for the state to help redevelop potentially contaminated industrial property, or "brownfields."

The measure, sought by Baltimore and state economic development officials, would let the state give landowners grants to check their property for contamination. Money also could be given for cleanup, provided applicants were not involved in polluting the site.

A different version of the bill received unanimous House of Delegates approval Thursday.

House OKs measure to ban first-cousin marriages

First cousins would be prohibited from marrying in Maryland under a bill that passed the House on Friday on an 82 to 46 vote.

The measure sponsored by Del. Henry B. Heller, a Montgomery Democrat, would void a marriage between first cousins and institute a $500 fine. Heller said he introduced the bill after learning, to his amazement, that unions between first cousins were not illegal in Maryland. He said his main concern was that children of such unions have a greater chance of genetic abnormality.

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