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Annapolis notes - City residents can't avoid $30 bay fee

March 29, 2004|by LAURA ERNDE

ANNAPOLIS - Hagerstown sewer customers won't be exempt from a proposed $30-a-year state fee for the Chesapeake Bay.

The House Environmental Matters Committee on Friday killed legislation to carve out the city, which was sponsored by Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington.

It did not come as a surprise, since committee Chairwoman Maggie L. McIntosh, D-Baltimore, declined other requests for exemptions.

Before it becomes law, the Chesapeake Bay fee still has to be approved by the Senate before the end of the session on April 12.

Some Dems don't vote on tax package


ANNAPOLIS - House Democrats were asked to make a tough choice last week - go against House Speaker Michael E. Busch or swallow a $670 million tax package.

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Some simply refused to choose and sat out the vote, even though they were present in the House chamber.

Republicans were eager to draw attention to the indecision.

Del. Donald Dwyer Jr. went as far as to ask whether Del. Joan Cadden's electronic voting button was working.

"You're out of order," replied Busch, D-Anne Arundel.

Bartlett bills doomed for another session


ANNAPOLIS - Looks like this will be legislative session number six that Del. Joseph R. Bartlett, R-Frederick, has failed to pass a bill.

A bill requiring motorists to clean hazardous snow and ice off their cars before driving was killed last week by a House committee.

In addition, a bill Bartlett described as his "serious bill," which would have helped courts track whether children were following court orders to attend school, was killed by a different committee last week.

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