Md. Senate Defeats U-Md Funding-Porn Movie Link
An attempt by Sen. Andrew P. Harris (R-Baltimore County) to make capital funding to universities contingent on the development of policies on screening pornography was thwarted this morning.
During debate on the state's capital budget, Harris introduced an amendment that would not allow public universities to receive funds until they produce a policy "that addresses the serious social and health concerns associated with the presentation of pornographic films at the institution."
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) ruled the amendment out of order, saying it was primarily about pornography and did not belong in the capital budget. After heated debate, the Senate voted 35 to 12 to uphold the ruling.
The action was the latest installment of a drama that has unfolded since Harris threatened last week to deny $424 million in operating funds to the University of Maryland if administrators allowed the screening of a pornographic film at the student union. On Monday, after Harris withdrew his first amendment, students showed portions of the film.
Yesterday, House and Senate negotiators agreed to add a provision to the operating budget that requires reports from universities on screen pornography by Sept. 1. That measure does not have any funding implications, however.
Harris said this morning that he had developed his stronger amendment after consultations with university officials. Under his proposal, reports would be due by July 1, the start of the fiscal year, when the budget takes effect.
"This is their wording, not mine," he said. "It came after two days of negotiations with them."
Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-Queen Anne's) sharply questioned why the Senate was debating this issue at a time when constituents are struggling economically and having a hard time paying their bills.
"When the people say, 'Don't you have something better to do?' I think we do," Pipkin said.
Harris defeated Pipkin last year in a Republican primary in the First Congressional District.
April 8, 2009; 11:16 AM ET
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