Rally urges millions for drug treatment efforts in...

Assembly Digest

March 14, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Rally urges millions for drug treatment efforts in Baltimore

About 150 people from Baltimore neighborhoods rallied outside the State House last night to demand millions of dollars for drug treatment programs in the city.

Mayor Martin O'Malley, who has made drug treatment a legislative priority, spoke briefly to the crowd at a nearby church. "We are embarked on a crusade my friends," he said. "In a year of a $1 billion surplus, it's high time [for the governor] to come to the table so we have treatment options that are better than jail."

O'Malley has asked for $25 million for city treatment programs. Gov. Parris N. Glendening has proposed spending $10 million to increase treatment statewide. His aides have said more money may be allocated in a supplemental budget, but it would be far less than what O'Malley has proposed.

Bill to limit culpability in assisted suicides fails

A proposal to limit to adults the prosecution of people who help others commit suicide has been killed by the House Judiciary Committee.

Introduction of the bill by Del. William H. Cole IV, a Baltimore Democrat, stemmed from the first test of Maryland's law banning assisted suicide. That case involves a suicide pact in which a 15-year-old Crofton girl killed herself and her 16-year-old boyfriend was charged as a juvenile. Investigators say he supplied the gun and, after she shot herself, he fled.

Opponents of changes argued to the committee that the law should not be weakened.

Mint ships state quarters to financial institutions

Coming soon to a bank near you: newly minted Maryland quarters.

The U.S. Mint shipped the first batch of the state quarters to financial institutions yesterday, Gov. Parris N. Glendening said at a State House news conference to show off the new coin. It is expected to be in general circulation by late spring.

The reverse side of the new quarter features a drawing of the State House dome and the slogan "The Old Line State," a tribute to Maryland troops' bravery during the Revolutionary War. Under a program approved by Congress in 1997, each state will have a distinctive quarter minted by 2008.

In Annapolis Today's highlights:

Senate meets, 10 a.m., Senate chamber.

House of Delegates meets, 10 a.m., House chamber.

Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing on SB 341, to prohibit raffles in which a handgun is the prize, 1 p.m., Senate office building, Room 300.

House Appropriations Committee hearing on bond bill requests, 1 p.m., House office building, Room 130.

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