Final OK given bill to create code for overhauling...

Assembly Digest

April 04, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Final OK given bill to create code for overhauling buildings

The Senate gave final approval yesterday to one of Gov. Parris N. Glendening's Smart Growth initiatives, unanimously passing a bill to establish statewide rules for rehabilitating older buildings.

The rehabilitation code would replace varying county and municipal regulations with a single set of rules, making it easier to renovate old housing and commercial buildings. A 19-member task force is to draw up a model code by the end of the year.

A related measure, which would create model codes for new development in established neighborhoods, is pending in the Senate.

Lead poisoning-test bill is approved by Senate

The Senate unanimously approved a bill yesterday that would require infants and toddlers in Baltimore and other high-risk areas to be tested for lead poisoning. The House has passed a similar measure.

Both bills would require that children living in areas with older housing likely to contain lead paint be tested at 12 months and 24 months of age.

The House bill, however, would exempt from testing children whose parents object on religious grounds to having the child's blood drawn. The Senate bill does not, so negotiators will be asked to resolve the difference. "We'll work it out," said Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden, a Baltimore Democrat who sponsored the Senate version.

Name building for Miller, Senate resolution asks

The Senate unanimously approved a measure last night to name the chamber's new $20.7 million office building for its president, Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller.

The nonbinding resolution will be sent to the Board of Public Works requesting that the building be named for Miller. The Prince George's Democrat was elected to the Senate in 1974 and has been its presiding officer since 1987, making him the longest-serving Senate president in state history.

The four-story building is under construction behind the old Senate office building named for former Senate President William S. James.

House to cast final vote on state's budget today

The House of Delegates will convene this morning to cast a final vote on the state's $19 billion budget, choosing to skirt an often-ignored constitutional deadline of passing the budget by the session's 83rd day.

House and Senate budget negotiators worked late into the day putting the finishing details on the budget, the final piece of which was submitted by Gov. Parris N. Glendening on Saturday.

The House recessed shortly after passing the governor's gun safety legislation last night, with the Senate waiting for copies of the budget bill to be printed for a late-night vote.

Measure to study impact of slavery gets final OK

The General Assembly gave final approval yesterday to a measure creating a commission to study the impact of slavery in Maryland.

Among its tasks, the 11-member panel is to work with museums, historical groups and others to preserve artifacts relating to slavery and to identify and preserve historic sites.

Passage of the legislation, sponsored by Sen. Clarence W. Blount, a Baltimore Democrat, occurred after the General Assembly defeated a resolution that would have called on the governor to issue an apology for slavery in Maryland.

In Annapolis

Today's highlights:

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

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

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