Glendening, O'Malley may have tough time collecting...

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January 17, 2001|By From staff reports

Glendening, O'Malley may have tough time collecting liquor bets

As thousands of Marylanders toast the Ravens' Sunday victory over the Oakland Raiders, Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Baltimore Mayor Martin J. O'Malley could be raising empty glasses until their lawyers sound the all-clear.

Both executives made wagers with their California counterparts - Glendening won a case of wine from Gov. Gray Davis, and O'Malley a case of Brothers Brew from Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown. But collecting the booze is proving tricky, thanks to a state law (signed by Glendening) that makes shipping alcohol into Maryland a felony.

One solution is for the Californians to send the cases to a Maryland liquor store, which could then pass them on to the politicians. Asked how the governor planned to get his prize and comply with the law, his spokesman said, "That's what lawyers are for."

City honors lobbyist with lasting memorial

Janet L. Hoffman, Baltimore's longtime lobbyist in Annapolis who died last month, will likely win a lasting memorial. Mayor Martin O'Malley is proposing the city rename its legislative office in Hoffman's memory.

The brick building, which sits on State Circle, dates to the Civil War. Should the City Council go along with O'Malley's idea, as is expected, the building would be renamed the Janet Leland Hoffman Building.

For years, Hoffman was the city's chief lobbyist in the General Assembly and was known for her mastery of the state's arcane financing formulas. "Her name on the city's legislative office building will serve as a daily reminder of the huge task before us and the success that is possible," O'Malley said.

Md. child poverty rate declines for fourth year

Maryland's child poverty rate has gone down for the fourth consecutive year, but some areas of child well-being need more state money, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend announced yesterday.

U.S. Census figures show the state's child poverty rate in 1999, the most recent year for which data exists, was 6.5 percent, down from 6.9 percent in 1998 - and 16.3 percent in 1996.

Townsend said the Maryland Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, which she chairs, will distribute $4 million in state and federal grants to boost home visiting programs, school-based health initiatives and community-based services for troubled youth.

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