House panel kills bill to ease reporting...


House panel kills bill to ease reporting of lobbyist gifts

A House of Delegates committee yesterday killed a bill that would have weakened the law requiring legislators to publicly disclose entertainment paid for by State House lobbyists.

The measure would have exempted attendance at "special events," such as Annapolis receptions or sporting events, from the list of gifts from lobbyists that lawmakers must report annually.

The bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Michael J. Collins, D-Baltimore County, and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., had already passed the full Senate. It was defeated by the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee.

"The committee took an important step to affirm the public's right to know about gifts from lobbyists," said Deborah Povich, executive director of Common Cause, an advocacy group that supports strict ethics laws.

Car insurance bill ends as anti-fraud measure

What began as an effort to reduce car insurance costs ended yesterday as a modest anti-fraud bill given final approval by the General Assembly.

On a 46-0 vote, the state Senate adopted legislation that will ban "runners" who solicit accident victims for doctors and lawyers and require that fraud be reported to professional licensing organizations.

Administration officials said the revised legislation is unlikely to have an effect on premiums.

Program approved to honor schools that improve

The General Assembly has given final approval to Gov. Parris N. Glendening's plan to award money to outstanding public schools.

The "School Performance Recognition Awards" will be granted to elementary and middle schools that show substantial improvement under statewide standardized tests. Exactly how the schools will be picked will be established by the State Board of Education.

The budget approved by the legislature earlier this week contains $2.75 million for the program.

Bill on disciplining school offenders clears

Legislation aimed at cracking down on disruptive and violent behavior in schools won final approval yesterday in the General Assembly.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening sponsored the measure, which will give principals the authority to suspend students for up to 10 days instead of the current limit of five.

Pub Date: 4/06/96


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