Assembly Digest

ASSEMBLY DIGEST

February 26, 2005|By From staff reports

Bill to restrict teenage drivers wins approval in Senate

A bill that would restrict teenagers with provisional licenses from driving with passengers younger than 18 for six months won approval by the state Senate yesterday.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Roy P. Dyson, a Southern Maryland Democrat, was approved on a 36-8 vote. The restriction would not apply to relatives, and police could enforce the provision only as a secondary violation, punishable by up to a $500 fine and one point on a license.

Sen. E.J. Pipkin, an Eastern Shore Republican, said he opposed the bill because it would penalize teenagers not able to afford their own cars, who would be left with no transportation.

Senate OKs license plates saying 'Fear the Turtle'

The Senate unanimously passed a bill yesterday that would create "Fear the Turtle" license plates honoring the University of Maryland's diamondback terrapin, with fees going toward student scholarships. The bill was sponsored by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, a UM alumnus.

A similar bill died in the House Environmental Matters Committee last year after the state Motor Vehicle Administration argued that the special tags would impose an administrative burden.

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