By GUY FLETCHER
ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland House of Delegates tapped the brakes on the state's vehicle emissions testing program Tuesday when it approved legislation to keep the controversial dynamometer test optional.
"I'm paying attention to my people back home," said Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington. "I think we all are."
Every member of the Washington County delegation voted for the plan, but the 77-55 vote sets the stage for a potential veto from Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who repeatedly has said he is concerned that voluntary testing could subject the state to tough federal sanctions.
"Clearly, he believes we should have a mandatory program," Glendening spokesman Raymond Feldmann said.
Del. D. Bruce Poole, D-Washington, said it was a "close call" for him to vote in favor of voluntary dynamometer testing. But he said the state could switch to mandatory testing if it appears sanctions are forthcoming.