Trauma center subsidy passes in state house
ANNAPOLIS - Legislation to subsidize trauma centers through a $10 increase in the driver's license renewal fee passed the Maryland House of Delegates Tuesday.
If approved by the Senate, the cost of a five-year driver's license would increase from $30 to $40.
The money would be used to help pay trauma surgeons' costs for being on call and treating uninsured patients.
The legislation was prompted by last summer's closure of the Washington County Hospital trauma center over the issue of surgeon pay.
Mooney reverses stance on death penalty freeze
ANNAPOLIS - Sen. Alex X. Mooney reversed his position on the death penalty Tuesday, becoming the swing vote that killed a proposed moratorium.
Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, favored halting executions two years ago.
But on Tuesday, he voted against a proposed moratorium. The bill died by one vote in the Senate.
A recent report showed that the death penalty was not being applied disproportionately to blacks more than whites, he said.