House approves office overseeing growth policies The...


April 03, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

House approves office overseeing growth policies

The House of Delegates gave final approval yesterday to a bill establishing an Office of Smart Growth, designed to help the public, local governments and developers understand the rules and regulations of state policies.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening made legislative approval of the office one of his goal's for this year's General Assembly session. Setting up and operating the office will cost about $400,000 a year.

The House passed the Senate's version of bill by a vote of 109-21. Once the governor signs it, the bill will take effect July 1.

HOPE scholarship bill gains Senate approval

The Senate gave final approval yesterday to legislation that will raise the income eligibility for the state's HOPE scholarships.

The family income limit for students to be eligible will be increased from $80,000 to $95,000 under the measure, which was sponsored by Del. Jean B. Cryor, a Montgomery County Republican.

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.

Teacher scholarship wins final Senate OK

Part-time graduate students will be eligible to participate in the Maryland Teacher Scholarship Program under legislation that received final approval yesterday in the state Senate.

The legislation -- sponsored by the governor -- aims to fight the state's teacher shortage by easing the financial burden on adults who want to go back to school to become teachers.

Part-time graduate students who are pursuing teaching certificates would be eligible for $2,500 annual scholarships if they maintain 3.0 grade-point averages and promise to work in Maryland public schools after graduation. Such scholarships are currently available only to full-time undergraduate or graduate students.

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