Legislative Digest

LEGISLATIVE DIGEST

February 04, 2005

Proposed legislation would allow early voting in elections

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller proposed legislation yesterday that would allow voters to participate in elections up to eight days early.

Other states that allow early voting have found the alternative to be successful, Miller said, because many voters have trouble finding time to get to the polls as they juggle family, work and other responsibilities.

Miller's legislation would allow local election boards to determine the number and location of polling places that would be open prior to Election Day.

Proposal would change BWI name to honor judge

The Baltimore-Washington International Airport would be renamed the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore-Washington International Airport under a proposal from Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat.

Burns said the former Supreme Court justice and Baltimore native deserves the recognition because he is a state and national symbol of the fight for civil rights.

The bill was discussed this week in the House Health and Government Operations Committee; no vote has been scheduled.

Bill would ban hunting of black bears in some areas

A battle over black bears is brewing again in Annapolis.

Del. Barbara Frush, a Democrat who represents Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties, has introduced a bill to ban the hunting of black bears in Western Maryland. The hunt resumed last year after a 51-year hiatus because of complaints of nuisance bears.

Yesterday, Del. George C. Edwards, the House Republican leader from Garrett County, responded with a novel approach designed to send a message to his Central Maryland colleagues not bothered by bears. He proposed legislation that would require trapped bears to be released in every county in the state.

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