Senate committee kills bill to ban raffling of handguns...

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March 17, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Senate committee kills bill to ban raffling of handguns

A bill to ban the raffling of handguns was killed yesterday by a state Senate committee.

Baltimore Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman's legislation was prompted by the Carroll County Republican Central Committee's decision last fall to raffle a handgun as a fund-raiser. Hoffman's bill prompted a gun owners group to launch a raffle of a pistol in protest.

The bill, defeated in the Judicial Proceedings Committee on a 7-3 vote, would have barred anyone from operating a raffle with a handgun as the prize. Violators would have faced a $1,000 fine.

Push for Civil War park gets boost in House

The House of Delegates approved a bill yesterday that would establish a state park commemorating the Civil War battle fought on South Mountain in Western Maryland.

The measure, sponsored by the Washington and Frederick county delegations, would require the Department of Natural Resources to develop and operate the park. The state owns about 2,500 acres on South Mountain and has preservation easements on most of the other land in the area. The bill now goes to the Senate.

Senate approves measure to raise election board pay

The Senate passed a bill yesterday that would raise the minimum salaries of members of Baltimore's election board and increase payments for election judges.

The bill, sponsored by four city senators, would raise the election board minimum salary from $8,000 to $11,000 a year. The pay for election judges, who work on Election Day, would go from $100 to $125.

If approved by the House, the measure would cost the city $59,900 next fiscal year.

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