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March 14, 2001|By From staff reports

House panel kills bill that would have repealed state song

A House of Delegates committee voted unanimously yesterday to kill a bill that would have repealed the state song with its unkind references to Abraham Lincoln, who is labeled a tyrant, despot and vandal in the 1861 lyrics to "Maryland, My Maryland."

A Montgomery County teen had lobbied to dethrone the anti-Union song, which survived a legislative challenge in 1980.

Del. Michael V. Dobson, a Baltimore Democrat and member of the Commerce and Government Matters Committee, said the song's historical value outweighed its offensiveness. "It would be ludicrous for us to make an issue of that. It's not like a Confederate flag flying over a state building," Dobson said. "We'll pick our fights."

House OKs bill to change standards for scholarship

The House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved a bill yesterday to change the standards for the Maryland HOPE Scholarship program, raising the family income limit for eligible students from $80,000 to $95,000.

The program awards $3,000 a year to students in specified majors at colleges and universities in Maryland who maintain a B average and agree to work in the state after graduation.

The measure to increase the family income limit, sponsored by Del. Jean B. Cryor, a Montgomery County Republican, would let more students tap into unspent scholarship funding.

Raven won't join oriole in nest as 2nd state bird

The Baltimore oriole will not share its vaunted nest with the raven, despite the wishes of some city lawmakers and football fans.

The House Commerce and Government Matters Committee rejected yesterday a bill that would have made the raven Maryland's second state bird after the oriole.

Baltimore delegates on the committee voted for the bill, leading to a 10-10 deadlock that Chairman John F. Wood Jr., a St. Mary's County Democrat, declined to break.

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