Assembly OKs bill increasing time state can pursue...


April 03, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Assembly OKs bill increasing time state can pursue polluters

The General Assembly gave final approval yesterday to legislation to increase the amount of time the state has to pursue air polluters.

The bill, approved 41-6 by the Senate, is a watered-down version of a bill sought by Gov. Parris N. Glendening. It would raise the statute of limitations to three years from the date of an alleged illegal air discharge, up from one year.

The main provisions of the Glendening bill - which sought to raise fines for polluters - were killed last month by a House of Delegates committee.

Panel rejects bill to allow landowners to kill bears

A state Senate committee killed a proposal yesterday that would have allowed landowners to kill black bears that damage their property.

The measure had the backing of House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., who initially proposed a hunting season to winnow the bear population in Western Maryland. The bill was later amended to remove the hunting provision. It authorized the state Department of Natural Resources to issue permits for property owners to eliminate nuisance bears.

Yesterday, the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee voted 9-2 to kill the bill.

Bill on school consortiums gets Assembly's approval

The General Assembly gave final approval yesterday to a bill to allow local school boards and private schools to form purchasing consortiums to save money.

Legislative analysts say they do not know how much money could be saved by joint buying, but calculate that school systems spent $90 million on instructional supplies and materials in 2000. A 5 percent savings would mean $4.5 million in reduced costs.

The legislation, sponsored by Del. Dan K. Morhaim, a Baltimore County Democrat, goes to Gov. Parris N. Glendening for his signature.

In Annapolis

Today's highlights

10 a.m. Senate meets, Senate chamber.

10 a.m. House of Delegates meets, House chamber.

1 p.m. Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, hearing on bill to allow marijuana use for medical purposes, 2 East, Miller Senate Office Building.

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