Senate vote kills latest attempt to replace state song...

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February 23, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Senate vote kills latest attempt to replace state song

"Maryland! My Maryland!" the 1861 Confederate anthem that mentions blood, gore and "Northern scum," has withstood the latest attempt to replace it as the state song.

After a spirited public hearing, a Senate panel voted 6-3 yesterday to kill the bill, which would have replaced the song's lyrics with a pastoral poem written in 1894 by a Western Maryland schoolteacher.

"I do believe we need to change the song, but this might not be the one," Sen. Paul G. Pinsky, a Prince George's Democrat, said of the suggested replacement.

Bill would let motorists store good-driving credits

Motorists with good driving records could build up credits that could be used to offset future violations under a bill approved by the state Senate yesterday.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Larry E. Haines, a Carroll County Republican, would give drivers one credit for each year in which they do not have moving violations. The credits could then offset the points assessed from certain other violations.

The bill, approved 36-4, now goes to the House of Delegates. The House Commerce and Government Matters Committee killed similar legislation last year.

Lower deer, bear numbers are focus of legislation

The House of Delegates approved bills yesterday that would add one Sunday to the deer hunting season and allow property owners to kill nuisance bears.

The bear bill, approved 102-32, initially sought to create a limited bear hunting season. But it was scaled back in committee to allow people to apply for a permit to kill bears that they can show are a nuisance to their property.

The House approved the deer bill on a 94-36 vote. Both measures face uncertain prospects in the Senate.

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