Assembly Digest


March 28, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

House passes measure on child lead poisoning

Members of the House of Delegates passed a measure Saturday that would allow earlier intervention to prevent childhood lead poisoning and to require landlords to clean up lead problems.

The House unanimously supported the measure, which is one of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s legislative priorities this session. The governor has joined a nationwide effort to eliminate childhood lead poisoning by 2010.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration, where it is expected to have support.

Back-to-school tax relief approved by delegates

Clothing and shoes purchased between Aug. 24 and 28 in one of the state's 30 designated enterprise zones would be exempt from sales tax under a bill unanimously approved by the House of Delegates on Saturday.

Supporters say the measure would help parents in their back-to-school shopping. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The state last offered a tax-free back-to-school shopping week in 2001, and legislative analysts say Maryland lost $5.1 million as a result. This year's loss would be less, however, because only stores in enterprise zones would participate. Fourteen counties and Baltimore City have such zones.

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