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By From staff reports | April 3, 1997
Legislation to give abused women more divorce grounds losesA bill that would have allowed women who are physically abused by their husbands to obtain divorces more readily was defeated in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee yesterday.The measure, sponsored by House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., an Allegany Democrat, and others, would have added two more grounds for a court to grant a final divorce -- "cruelty of treatment" and "excessively vicious conduct."Advocates for victims of domestic abuse had pushed for the legislation, which had cleared the House of Delegates.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2012
Former state Sen. Walter M. Baker, who had served in the legislature representing the upper Eastern Shore for more than two decades and also had been a Cecil County attorney, died Tuesday of complications from diabetes at Christiana Hospital in Delaware. The longtime Elkton resident was 84. "Walter was a lifelong Democrat. He was from a large family that was rural and poor, and he grew up with a great sense of values," said Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. "He was conservative, and loved the Eastern Shore and reflected its conservative values.
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By General Assembly Legislative Reference Service | March 24, 1991
Description of proposed legislationHB419 Authorize the county toborrow up to $23.4 million for public projectsStatus (as of Friday)Passed House; pending hearing in Senate Budget and Taxation CommitteeHB423 Authorize County Commissionersto establish farmers' marketsStatus (as of Friday)Passed House; Under consideration by Carroll Senate comitteeHB424 Authorizethe county to grant $1 million to Carroll County General Hospital over five yearsStatus (as of Friday)Unanimously passed House and SenateHB778 Clarify and expand raffle privileges for volunteer fire companies and non-profit organizationsStatus (as of Friday)
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By Jennifer Skalka and Jennifer Skalka,Sun reporter | February 15, 2007
A proposed repeal of the death penalty in Maryland, which seemed to gain momentum when Gov. Martin O'Malley said he would sign a bill, appears headed for defeat in a key Senate committee. "I think it's an uphill battle either in committee or on the Senate floor," said Sen. Brian E. Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, which will take up the measure Wednesday. Death penalty opponents sensed an opportunity to end executions after the state's highest court effectively imposed a moratorium and voters elected O'Malley as governor last fall.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | March 17, 2001
Senate OKs bill to help charter schools get funding The state Senate voted unanimously yesterday to approve a bill aimed at encouraging charter schools in Maryland. The bill would give local school boards and the state school board the authority to create such schools. Similar legislation is pending before a House of Delegates committee. Though school districts technically have the authority to approve charter schools, state legislation is required to let the schools apply for federal start-up funding.
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By Annapolis Bureau | March 26, 1992
RAPID FIREAssault weapons ban defeated again, 12-34A last-ditch effort to resurrect the Schaefer administration's assault weapons ban failed in the Maryland Senate yesterday.Sen. Decatur W. Trotter, a Prince George's Democrat, tried to add a ban on 48 assault weapons to an unrelated gun bill. Several senators objected -- but most cited parliamentary procedure, not the issue at hand.The amendment failed 12-34.The assault weapons ban was voted down 6-5 in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee earlier this month.
NEWS
February 17, 1992
The anti-helmet faction played all-or-nothing politics last week and came up on the nothing side.Members of A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments (ABATE) lobbied hard to keep Sen. Philip C. Jimeno from introducing an amendment to the bill to make not wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle a secondary offense.That would have meant that riders could be ticketed for riding without a helmet only if they had violated another traffic law.The anti-helmet forces believed the amended bill would make it through a committee vote but the bill as written would fail.
NEWS
February 17, 1992
Who's to blame -- the Republican president or the Democratic Congress?Maryland delegates of both political persuasions engaged in finger-pointing last week when it came time to cast blame for a new federal requirement that states expand a medical program for poor children.Baltimore County's Ellen R. Sauerbrey, leader of the Republican delegates, used the occasion to take a gentle dig at Congress for requiring states to spend more on social programs.Del. Leon G. Billings, a Montgomery County Democrat, decided to fight back.
NEWS
March 28, 1991
Advocates of a ban on so-called assault weapons are scheduled to call on Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. this morning. They want him to get the bill out a committee. If he agrees to try -- and he should -- it will be "deja vu all over again." He's been there twice before.In the final days of the General Assembly's 1988 session, after the House of Delegates passed a bill banning Saturday Night Specials, the Senate bill was thought to be dead and buried in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.
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February 26, 1994
A bill that would make a blood-alcohol test mandatory after a vehicular accident results in "life-threatening injury" was approved yesterday by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.SB-315 is designed to close a loophole in current law, which requires a test in fatal crashes only if the death occurs immediately.With shock trauma systems and other modern medical techniques, fatally injured victims often live for days, allowing suspected drunken drivers to escape the mandatory test."We're encouraged," said Susan Edkins, the mother of a 12-year-old girl killed last Oct. 29 in a crash involving an alleged drunken driver.
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By ARTHUR HIRSCH and ARTHUR HIRSCH,SUN REPORTER | February 13, 2006
While working at the Allegany County courthouse decades ago, William A. Wilson saw many couples step up to his counter for marriage licenses. Perhaps not two men or two women, but Wilson apparently considered the possibility of such things happening and was concerned enough to do something. What he did after he was elected to the Maryland Senate was simple, if puzzling to some of his colleagues. In January 1973, Wilson, a Republican, sponsored Senate Bill No. 122, requiring "that a marriage must be between a man and a woman in order to be valid."
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | March 17, 2001
Senate OKs bill to help charter schools get funding The state Senate voted unanimously yesterday to approve a bill aimed at encouraging charter schools in Maryland. The bill would give local school boards and the state school board the authority to create such schools. Similar legislation is pending before a House of Delegates committee. Though school districts technically have the authority to approve charter schools, state legislation is required to let the schools apply for federal start-up funding.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,SUN STAFF | October 9, 1999
Gov. Parris N. Glendening said yesterday that he would not renew his push for gay-rights legislation in next year's General Assembly session, saying that such an effort would be futile, given the conservative makeup of a key Senate committee.Expressing lingering dismay with the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee's rejection of his gay-rights proposal during this year's session, the governor said he saw little hope for the measure during the remaining three years of the legislature's four-year term.
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By From staff reports | April 3, 1997
Legislation to give abused women more divorce grounds losesA bill that would have allowed women who are physically abused by their husbands to obtain divorces more readily was defeated in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee yesterday.The measure, sponsored by House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., an Allegany Democrat, and others, would have added two more grounds for a court to grant a final divorce -- "cruelty of treatment" and "excessively vicious conduct."Advocates for victims of domestic abuse had pushed for the legislation, which had cleared the House of Delegates.
NEWS
February 26, 1994
A bill that would make a blood-alcohol test mandatory after a vehicular accident results in "life-threatening injury" was approved yesterday by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.SB-315 is designed to close a loophole in current law, which requires a test in fatal crashes only if the death occurs immediately.With shock trauma systems and other modern medical techniques, fatally injured victims often live for days, allowing suspected drunken drivers to escape the mandatory test."We're encouraged," said Susan Edkins, the mother of a 12-year-old girl killed last Oct. 29 in a crash involving an alleged drunken driver.
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By Annapolis Bureau | March 26, 1992
RAPID FIREAssault weapons ban defeated again, 12-34A last-ditch effort to resurrect the Schaefer administration's assault weapons ban failed in the Maryland Senate yesterday.Sen. Decatur W. Trotter, a Prince George's Democrat, tried to add a ban on 48 assault weapons to an unrelated gun bill. Several senators objected -- but most cited parliamentary procedure, not the issue at hand.The amendment failed 12-34.The assault weapons ban was voted down 6-5 in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee earlier this month.
NEWS
March 15, 1991
Battered women billA Senate committee approved legislation yesterday that would allow courts to admit evidence of spousal abuse and permit expert testimony on "battered spouse syndrome."zTC The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee approved the bill on a 9-2 vote with Sens. Frederick C. Malkus Jr., D-Dorchester, and Walter M. Baker, D-Cecil, the committee's chairman, opposing.A House version of the bill has been amended by the House Judiciary Committee and awaits full House approval.Gov. William Donald Schaefer has endorsed the House version of the bill.
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By David Conn and David Conn,Annapolis Bureau | March 16, 1992
An article in yesterday's MBW section incorrectly named the committee that passed a bill to create an affordable housing trust funded by title company escrow interest. The state Senate Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee passed the bill.ANNAPOLIS -- Bits and pieces:Title companies. Having lost the fight in the Senate to hang onto their escrow interest, title companies now are focusing their battle on the House Ways and Means Committee.The bill that passed the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee last week would require title companies to give the interest they earn on client escrow accounts to a newly created Maryland Affordable Housing Trust.
NEWS
February 17, 1992
The anti-helmet faction played all-or-nothing politics last week and came up on the nothing side.Members of A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments (ABATE) lobbied hard to keep Sen. Philip C. Jimeno from introducing an amendment to the bill to make not wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle a secondary offense.That would have meant that riders could be ticketed for riding without a helmet only if they had violated another traffic law.The anti-helmet forces believed the amended bill would make it through a committee vote but the bill as written would fail.
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