Senate approves bill to license recreational crabbers A...

Assembly Digest

March 23, 2001|By From staff reports

Senate approves bill to license recreational crabbers

A compromise bill to license recreational crabbers was overwhelmingly approved yesterday by the Maryland Senate.

The bill seeks to reduce the crab harvest by requiring many recreational crabbers to purchase $5 licenses. Owners of waterfront property and those who catch fewer than two dozen crabs a day would be exempt from the requirement.

Crabbers with recreational licenses would be limited to a bushel a day, and those exempt would be limited to two dozen crabs a day. The House of Delegates is considering similar legislation.

Key part of Smart Growth gets go-ahead from Senate

The Senate overwhelmingly approved yesterday legislation that would create a Community Legacy Program within Maryland's Department of Housing and Community Development, a key part of Gov. Parris N. Glendening's Smart Growth initiative for next year.

The program would give grants to community development organizations and local governments to help them revitalize neighborhoods and communities.

Similar legislation has been passed by the House. Glendening's budget proposes spending $15 million a year for the next three years on the program.

House panel OKs bill on use of body armor

The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill yesterday that would make it a crime for anyone convicted of a violent crime or of drug trafficking to possess, use or buy body armor.

The Senate is considering a broader version of the legislation that would bar anyone convicted of a felony from having, using or buying the bullet-resistant vests.

Del. Joseph F. Vallario Jr., the House Judiciary Committee chairman, defended the narrower version, saying that "jaywalking at high rate of speed is a felony, or it will be soon."

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