Yeas and Nays: Today in the Md. General Assembly
Staying in school: The Senate voted 31 to 16 for a bill that gradually raises the age at which students are allowed to drop out of school from 16 to 18. An amendment added to SB239 this week voids the requirement if funds to cover the additional students are not included in the state budget. The measure now moves to the House.
Environmental service: The Senate voted 33 to 14 to establish the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, which would provide young adults with opportunities to perform a variety of projects beneficial to the environment and energy conservation. SB311, a priority of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), now moves to the House.
Private school scholarships: The Senate voted 30 to 17 for a bill that creates a tax credit for businesses that contribute money to fund scholarships at private schools, including Catholic schools. A bill similar to SB385 passed the Senate last year but died in the House. The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing Wednesday on the measure.
The House advanced a bill backed by the governor that offers tax credits for businesses that hire unemployed workers, as well as several bills targeting sex offenders. Those bills are expected to receive final votes Friday.
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