Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

April 13, 2004

Measure to limit panhandling on roads in county is OK'd

A bill that would restrict panhandling in Anne Arundel County has passed the General Assembly.

The bill, introduced by Del. John R. Leopold, would allow the county to limit soliciting along roadways and median strips to members of certain groups who are at least age 18 and have paid a fee of up to $100 for a county-issued license. The fee could be waived if the group shows it cannot afford to pay.

Leopold, a Pasadena Republican, said he was thrilled that the bill passed the state Senate yesterday by a 43-3 vote. The bill earlier had passed the House of Delegates by a 140-0 vote.

"This is a real common-sense bill that will improve public safety," he said.

Also under the bill, police officers could ask solicitors to leave a median if they deemed it unsafe. Four other counties - Charles, Harford, Prince George's and Washington - have laws restricting soliciting on public roads.

Two Glen Burnie girls in hospital after car crash

Two Glen Burnie teen-agers remained hospitalized yesterday after a car accident last week.

Rachel Ann Hudson, 16, was driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse south on Furnace Branch Road near Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard on Thursday when she lost control of the vehicle on a curve, according to Anne Arundel County police. The car hit the concrete median and then struck a light pole.

Hudson and her passenger, Laura Jean Allers, 16, were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Hudson was in serious but stable condition, and Allers remained in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday. Police said excessive speed was likely a factor in the crash.

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