2 renovation bills pass House of DelegatesTwo...


2 renovation bills pass House of Delegates

Two requests for matching grants to renovate properties in Carroll County passed the House Thursday and have been referred to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

The bills -- both submitted by Del. Richard N. Dixon, a Westminster Democrat -- would:

* Create a matching state grant up to $3.5 million to renovate the Lewis Hall of Science at Western Maryland College. The 1914 building was renovated in 1966.

College officials told legislators the facilities are antiquated.

The House passed the bill Thursday by a 128-6 vote. A similar bill submitted by Anne Arundel Republican Sen. John A. Cade passed its second reading in the Senate Friday.

* Create a state matching grant up to $100,000 to replace deteriorating roofs at Union Mills Homestead.

The bill passed the House Thursday by a 105-21 vote. A similar bill by Republican Sen. Larry E. Haines of Westminster died in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

House committee kills sex offender measure

The House Judiciary Committee has killed a bill by Del. Donald B. Elliott that would have required the Department of Corrections to notify victims when child sexual offenders are released from custody.

Although current state policy calls for notification of victims, Mr. Elliott, a Republican from New Windsor, said the policy is not consistently followed.

House members approved a related bill by a 131-2 vote March 28. That bill, by Del. Dana Lee Dembrow of Montgomery County, would require released sexual offenders to register with a central computer bank.

Community leaders who work with children and other residents would have access to the database to determine if any pedophiles were in the area.

Stocksdale prisoner bill dies in committee

Del. Nancy R. Stocksdale's bill requiring reimbursement to county detention centers for prisoners incarcerated longer than 18 months was killed by the House Judiciary Committee.

Mrs. Stocksdale, a Westminster Republican, had argued that county jails in Maryland were being forced to pick up $2 million in costs for prisoners who should have been sent to state correctional facilities.

Some judges are sentencing prisoners to county detention centers for more than 18 months so inmates can be in work release programs.

State law requires local detention for prisoners sentenced to 90 days or less. Those serving more than 18 months should go to state correctional facilities.

The state reimburses the counties for prisoners sent to detention centers who are serving sentences between 90 days and 18 months.

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