Senate approves bill on libraries blocking kids from Web...

Assembly Digest

March 23, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Senate approves bill on libraries blocking kids from Web porn

The state Senate unanimously approved a bill yesterday that would require libraries to adopt policies and procedures to prevent children from viewing obscene material on the Internet.

The bill, which goes to the House of Delegates, also would require the state school superintendent to monitor libraries for compliance. The policies would have to be in place by January.

Senators struck down a provision in the bill that would have allowed the state to withhold 10 percent of its funding to those libraries that did not comply.

House kills legislation easing parole in life term

Legislation that would have made it easier for inmates serving life sentences to be paroled was killed by the House yesterday.

The bill, sponsored by Del. Salima S. Marriott, a Baltimore Democrat, failed on a vote of 68-71 after an emotional debate. The measure would have allowed someone serving a life sentence to be paroled after 25 or 35 years if the state parole commission voted unanimously to grant it.

Current law allows parole for lifers only if the governor approves. Gov. Parris N. Glendening has made it a policy not to grant parole to any such inmates.

House passes bill to limit fees charged in check cashing

The House passed a bill yesterday that would limit the fees check-cashing businesses can charge and subject them to state regulation for the first time.

The bill, approved 136-2, would allow outlets to charge a fee of up to 2 percent of the amount of a government check presented for cashing. They could charge up to 4 percent for a payroll check and up to 10 percent for a personal check.

The state financial regulation commissioner could prosecute violators. A similar bill is before the Senate.

House approves bill to use part of sales tax for transit

The House approved a bill yesterday that would dedicate one-fifth of the state's 5 percent sales tax to mass transit projects, thus freeing other transportation funds for road projects.

Sponsored by House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., an Allegany County Democrat, the bill cleared the House 127-10.

The measure faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

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