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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

Friday, March 26, 2010:

The Senate is in recess until 3 p.m. Monday, and the House, after a morning session, is returning at 5 p.m. Friday. Here are Friday's highlights thus far:

EDUCATION REFORM: The Senate voted 44 to 0 for a bill that extends a teacher's probationary period before receiving tenure from two years to three years and makes it possible for principals and teachers working in low-achieving schools to receive bonus pay. The latter provision in the bill is contingent on the state receiving federal Race to the Top funding. The House has already passed a similar bill.

DRUNK DRIVING: The Senate voted 44 to 0 for a bill that would require first-time drunk drivers to use ignition interlock devices. As amended, the bill exempts those who receive probation before judgment, which is expected to spare more than half of those who would otherwise be affected. A House committee is considering a similar bill Friday afternoon.

SEX OFFENDERS: The Senate voted 42 to 0 for a bill that will require lifetime supervision of many of the state's more egregious sexual offenders. A similar bill has already passed the House. The bill is part of a package of legislation that is being weighed following the death of an Eastern Shore girl in December at the hands of an alleged sex offender.

SLOT MACHINES: The Senate advanced a measure that would sweeten the deal for potential operators of a slots site at Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort in Western Maryland. The site, one of five authorized by Maryland voters in 2008, drew no qualified bidders in February 2009 and is expected to be rebid at some point in the future. The bill is expected to receive a final Senate vote Monday. The House has yet to act on the measure.

By John Wagner  |  March 26, 2010; 2:31 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly , John Wagner  
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