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Senate rejects bill targeting slow drivers

April 04, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

ANNAPOLIS - A Senate panel rejected legislation Thursday to force slow drivers to move out of the fast lane.

With no discussion, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 9-2 to kill the bill.

The House of Delegates passed the bill, which would have subjected drivers who block traffic in the passing lane to a misdemeanor charge.

It was sponsored by Del. Kevin Kelly, D-Allegany, who argued it would allow traffic to flow more smoothly.

Opponents had argued it will give speeding drivers a license to go even faster.

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