Seat belt law advances
A House committee agreed yesterday to broaden Maryland's mandatory seat belt law to include pickup trucks, but refused to make it a primary offense as the Schaefer administration had wanted.
Under current law, automobile drivers, front-seat passengers and children under age 5 must be restrained by a safety belt or safety seat. Children under age 3 must be transported in a safety seat.
A safety seat would be required for children under age 4 or weighing less than 40 pounds, under the legislation. The bill also would require children under age 10, rather than under age 5, to wear seat belts.
The measure must go to the full House for approval. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee is scheduled to consider the bill
on March 13.
Quote of the day
"For 11 months, I have been under investigation. I was contacted by the special prosecutor's office yesterday and [told] there was nothing wrong."
-- House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell Jr., announcing the state special prosecutor was no longer investigating his affairs
The legislature will not meet today.
There are 37 days remaining in the 1991 General Assembly session.