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Yeas and nays: Today in the Md. General Assembly

Dome on a clear day.JPGAn afternoon roundup of noteworthy legislation
moving toward passage or defeat

Thursday, March 18, 2010:


Gangs in schools: The House voted 139 to 0 for legislation designed to keep gang activity out of schools, the Associated Press reports. HB1160 requires Maryland educators and law enforcement to report the arrests of students for certain offenses to school personnel. The Safe Schools Act of 2010, which was sponsored by House Speaker Michael Busch (D-Anne Arundel), comes after a 14-year-old Crofton boy was fatally beaten last year in an allegedly gang-related incident. The measure now goes to the Senate.

Delinquent water and sewer bills: The Senate voted 24 to 23 to "indefinitely postpone" debate on a bill that would have prohibited the use of foreclosure proceedings to enforce a lien or judgment arising from unpaid water and sewer bills. The rarely used procedural move effectively kills SB158 for the year.

State budget: The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee voted to cut Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed spending on stem cell research and a fund to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay, the Associated Press reports. The committee cut money for stem cell research in half, from $12.4 million to $6.2 million. Committee members also cut the bay fund from $20 million to $10 million. The committee once again put off taking action on a proposal to save about $60 million by passing some teacher pension costs on to counties. They're planning to take that up again Friday.

By John Wagner  |  March 18, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
 
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