Teacher bargaining rights bill to die in Senate committee
A bill pushed by Maryland's largest teachers union to let issues such as curriculum and classroom assignments be bargained will die in a state Senate committee without coming to a vote.
Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said yesterday that he will not bring the measure to a vote before the General Assembly adjourns for the year tomorrow night. Maryland State Teachers Association is seeking the legislation to allow local school boards and unions to negotiate a broader range of issues.
The bill, approved 111-26 by the House of Delegates last month, also would grant collective bargaining rights to support employees in Eastern Shore school systems and to part-time support personnel across Maryland.
Mothers protest defeat of bill on breast-feeding
Nearly two dozen mothers held a "nurse-in" yesterday on the State House steps to protest legislative action that killed two bills designed to guarantee women the right to breast-feed in public.
Many of the women were strangers to each other but had read about the protest on Web sites devoted to breast-feeding. Though there is no law against breast-feeding in public, some said they have been made to feel uncomfortable or have been asked to move when nursing their children.
The House Environmental Matters Committee rejected Senate and House versions of the breast-feeding bill. Committee members said they saw no need to make the issue a legal matter.
Helmet requirement for skaters OK'd in House
The House of Delegates approved a bill Friday that would require children using inline skates and scooters to wear helmets. The measure would apply to children younger than age 16.
The Senate has approved a similar proposal. To send the legislation to the governor, the two chambers would have to reconcile differences, which primarily revolve around the definition of scooters.
Maryland requires children younger than age 16 to wear helmets while riding bicycles.