Condominiums bill passes Senate, 46-1
A bill submitted by Del. Richard N. Dixon that would allow condominium associations to negotiate with municipalities for street services passed the Senate Saturday in a 46-1 vote.
Under the proposal, private residential communities would be allowed to request road repairs and snow removal from their cities and towns. If the municipality chose not to provide the services, the community could request a tax refund equal to the cost of the road maintenance.
Residents in private communities, who often pay association fees to maintain grounds, collect garbage and maintain roads, ,, said they are being taxed twice.
The bill is similar to one Mr. Dixon, a Democrat from Westminster, submitted last year that would have required such agreements. It has now been sent to Gov. Parris N. Glendening.
3 Haines measures defeated by committee
Members of the House Judiciary Committee have killed three bills submitted by Sen. Larry E. Haines regarding drug crimes and child abuse.
The bills would have:
* Made smuggling 10 pounds of marijuana into Maryland a felony. Under current state law, bringing 100 pounds of the drug into the state is a felony.
* Allowed judges to impose the death penalty in cases where someone was killed during the commission of a drug crime. The bill was designed to strengthen penalties in drive-by shooting cases.
* Allowed judges to combine multiple charges into one trial where more than one person has sexually abused one child or one person has molested a number of children.
Currently, the charges must be separated unless the prosecutors can establish a pattern of behavior.
Senator Haines is a Republican from Westminster.
House panel kills bill on juvenile supervision
A bill by Sen. Timothy R. Ferguson that would have kept a juvenile from quashing an informal supervision proceeding has been killed by the House Judiciary Committee.
Under the proposal, a child's consent would not have been necessary for an informal supervision hearing.
Current law allows a juvenile intake officer to recommend informal supervision rather than filing formal charges when they feel a child would be better served with counseling or by making restitution.
?3 Mr. Ferguson is a Republican from Taylorsville.