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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Thomas W. Waldron contributed to this story | February 14, 1996
Hoping to quell a firestorm of opposition, state legislators are trying to scale back a bill to allow Sunday car sales in Howard and Anne Arundel counties, and make it apply only to Howard.The bill -- which is intended to pave the way for CarMax, a "superstore" used car dealer, to locate in North Laurel -- threatens to ignite the perennial issue of blue laws barring Sunday car sales in most of Maryland.Legislative leaders, including Sen. Walter M. Baker, chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, want to avoid such a statewide debate and have delayed action on the bill, which was to have come to the Senate floor today.
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Dan Rodricks | April 8, 2014
Until recently, when someone who enjoys horseback riding in the Maryland countryside told me about a legislative effort to repeal the state's ban on Sunday hunting, I had no idea that such a prohibition was still in place. It struck me as archaic. No hunting on Sunday seems like a blue law, after all, and many of the blue laws that prohibited us from doing certain things on the Christian day of rest were repealed decades ago. As a result, Sunday has become one of the busiest days of the week.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1997
Anne Arundel County Executive John D. Gary testified yesterday in favor of a bill to allow auto dealers in the county to open and sell vehicles on Sundays."
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November 24, 2011
I am saddened to know that some employees will spend part of their Thanksgiving Day at work ("Stop the madness," Nov. 22). Holidays are much anticipated as a day of rest with family and friends. I am old enough to remember when stores were even closed on Sunday in deference to the needs of workers. Even though the blue laws are gone, I think workers today need that consideration more than ever. Some will say gee, aren't they lucky they have a job to go to, and I think that is a valid concern, but it's disheartening to me to see commerce take precedence over precious down time.
NEWS
March 6, 2000
FEW LAWS are as irrational as Maryland's partial prohibition of Sunday automobile sales. It's an outdated concept that should go the way of similar blue laws that kept people from buying clothes or appliances on the Christian Sabbath. Cars are no different from any other merchandise. The only reason state law continues to make this artificial distinction is because of the General Assembly's deferrence to the interests of car dealers. Some car dealers and salespeople would prefer not to work seven days a week.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1997
In a major shift, Anne Arundel County executive John G. Gary is backing state legislation that would repeal the county's blue laws to allow auto dealers to open Sundays.The move is designed to clear the way for AutoNation USA, the used-car superstore chain launched by billionaire entrepreneur H. Wayne Huizenga. AutoNation wants to open a used-car lot near Glen Burnie and a vehicle restoration center near Pasadena.The two AutoNation facilities, employing as many as 560 workers, would be one of the largest new employers in the county in more than a decade, according to the county Economic Development Office.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | January 23, 1997
AutoNation USA, the used-auto superstore chain launched by billionaire entrepreneur H. Wayne Huizenga, wants to open a car lot near Glen Burnie and a vehicle restoration center near Pasadena, employing up to 560 workers, if blue laws are repealed to allow dealers to stay open Sundays in Anne Arundel County.The two facilities would be one of the largest new employers in the county in more than a decade, Rosemary Duggins, marketing director of the Anne Arundel County Economic Development Office, said yesterday.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,Jacques Kelly | April 8, 2008
Judge Sol J. Friedman, a retired Baltimore District Court judge and former member of the House of Delegates, died of heart failure Thursday at Atrium Village in Owings Mills. He was 89. A protege of James H. "Jack" Pollack, the erstwhile political boss of West and Northwest Baltimore, he was elected to the House of Delegates five times before he became a judge. In 1973, his old friend, then-Gov. Marvin Mandel, appointed him to the bench. Judge Friedman presided over a highly publicized peeping Tom case in 1975, and in 1979 he joined District Judge Jerome Robinson in ruling that Baltimore's blue laws were unconstitutional.
NEWS
December 20, 1995
REPEALING THE BLUE LAWS that ban Sunday sales of automobiles in Howard County may look like an unwanted imposition on the county's car retailers. Most of the dealers don't want it. Of the 13 dealerships in Howard, 10 oppose a repeal, saying it would be a hardship to stay open.The real push for repeal is actually coming from an entity known as Car-Max, a used-car superstore owned by Circuit City that wants to locate in Howard County. The problem is that Car-Max, which can employ between 250 and 500 people, is threatening not to move here unless it can operate on Sunday.
NEWS
November 24, 2011
I am saddened to know that some employees will spend part of their Thanksgiving Day at work ("Stop the madness," Nov. 22). Holidays are much anticipated as a day of rest with family and friends. I am old enough to remember when stores were even closed on Sunday in deference to the needs of workers. Even though the blue laws are gone, I think workers today need that consideration more than ever. Some will say gee, aren't they lucky they have a job to go to, and I think that is a valid concern, but it's disheartening to me to see commerce take precedence over precious down time.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,Jacques Kelly | April 8, 2008
Judge Sol J. Friedman, a retired Baltimore District Court judge and former member of the House of Delegates, died of heart failure Thursday at Atrium Village in Owings Mills. He was 89. A protege of James H. "Jack" Pollack, the erstwhile political boss of West and Northwest Baltimore, he was elected to the House of Delegates five times before he became a judge. In 1973, his old friend, then-Gov. Marvin Mandel, appointed him to the bench. Judge Friedman presided over a highly publicized peeping Tom case in 1975, and in 1979 he joined District Judge Jerome Robinson in ruling that Baltimore's blue laws were unconstitutional.
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March 6, 2000
FEW LAWS are as irrational as Maryland's partial prohibition of Sunday automobile sales. It's an outdated concept that should go the way of similar blue laws that kept people from buying clothes or appliances on the Christian Sabbath. Cars are no different from any other merchandise. The only reason state law continues to make this artificial distinction is because of the General Assembly's deferrence to the interests of car dealers. Some car dealers and salespeople would prefer not to work seven days a week.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | February 27, 2000
As general manager of six Baltimore County automobile dealerships, Jimmy Berg works 50 or 60 hours a week and has no interest in adding more. That's why he opposes a bill moving through the General Assembly that would lift the ban on Sunday car sales in Baltimore County. He and other dealers say an extra day's work adds to their expenses and eliminates something workers and customers have come to appreciate -- a day off. "I don't think you'll find too many dealerships that would be too excited about it," said Berg of Len Stoler Automotive in Owings Mills.
NEWS
February 17, 1998
CAR SHOPPERS in Anne Arundel County, and most of Maryland, may have to wait another year before they can purchase an automobile near home on a Sunday. This year's effort in the General Assembly has all but failed.Proponents of repealing Sunday "blue laws" on auto sales in Anne Arundel, as was done last year in neighboring Howard County and a decade ago in Prince George's and Montgomery counties, were not well-organized.Del. Phillip D. Bissett's bill to end the prohibition on Sunday car sales in all Maryland counties died last week in the House Economic Matters Committee.
NEWS
February 10, 1998
SOMEDAY, the current argument against selling cars on Sunday will look as quaint as those once cited to keep supermarkets, drugstores and other retailers from opening seven days a week. Just as the Maryland General Assembly repealed the Victorian "blue laws" that governed Sunday retailing a decade ago, the ban on Sunday car sales will also fall. It is only a matter of time.Last year, auto dealers in Anne Arundel County hoped their opposition to Sunday sales would chase off AutoNation USA, billionaire H. Wayne Huizenga's used-car chain.
NEWS
September 5, 1997
Profits drive sympathy out of health careSurely I was not the only person on who found M. William Salganik's Aug. 15 piece concerning the Blue Cross second-quarter profits infuriating.Vice President Mark Chaney explains exactly how to increase profit by 42 percent: Restrict or limit care; move patients to more profitable plans; shift the risk to the providers and hospitals and raise your rates.It is a fact that health care is expensive to deliver. Care is provided by professional persons at all levels, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and administrators.
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By Information for this column was compiled by Diane Mullaly from the files of the Howard County Historical Society's Library | April 2, 1995
25 Years Ago (week of March 22-28, 1970)* A $15.1 million school budget proposed by the superintendent of schools for 1970-71 was formally approved in a special meeting of the Howard County School Board.50 Years Ago (Week of March 25-31, 1945):* The Howard County sheriff and the state police raided a cock fight arena in the Elkridge area. Sixty men were arrested, and 16 game roosters were confiscated and turned over to the Howard County Animal Welfare Society. * In a test of Sunday "blue laws," William J. Brendel, John A. Zufall (Happy Johnny)
NEWS
September 5, 1997
Profits drive sympathy out of health careSurely I was not the only person on who found M. William Salganik's Aug. 15 piece concerning the Blue Cross second-quarter profits infuriating.Vice President Mark Chaney explains exactly how to increase profit by 42 percent: Restrict or limit care; move patients to more profitable plans; shift the risk to the providers and hospitals and raise your rates.It is a fact that health care is expensive to deliver. Care is provided by professional persons at all levels, physicians, nurses, pharmacists and administrators.
NEWS
August 29, 1997
IMAGE IS EVERYTHING, or so a tennis star crowed in a TV commercial a few years back. The celebrity was pitching cameras, but as easily could have been promoting CarMax, the used car "superstore" that just opened in Savage in Howard County.CarMax, a division of the Circuit City electronics store chain, is offering no-haggle prices, a money-back guarantee and a playroom with child-care providers.As an industry analyst noted in an article by Sun writer Ted Shelsby, buyers might be able to wheedle a better price elsewhere.
NEWS
April 11, 1997
IF THEY HANDED out awards at the end of the legislative session in Annapolis, Del. Phillip D. Bissett would be a nominee this year in the category of "insulting the public's intelligence."As chairman of the Anne Arundel County delegation, Mr. Bissett held the power to call for a vote on a bill that would allow Sunday car sales in his county. The proposal was opposed by auto dealers, who didn't want to change long-held ways of doing business. But they also didn't relish a change that would pave the way for Florida billionaire entrepreneur H. Wayne Huizenga to open a seven-day-a-week Auto-Nation USA used car "superstore."
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