House approves tax-free shopping on clothes in August
Marylanders would be able to buy clothes and shoes without paying sales tax for one week in August under a bill approved yesterday by the House of Delegates. The vote was 1306.
The measure, aimed at helping back-to-school shoppers, would apply to purchases under $100. State retailers asked for the tax-free week to help them compete with stores in Delaware, which has no sales tax. The legislation could cost the state an estimated $6.4 million. The bill goes to the Senate.
$10,000 raise for state judges rejected by Senate committee
A Senate committee rejected proposed $10,000 raises for the state's judges yesterday, recommending instead the same increase all other state employees are to get.
Under a resolution adopted by the Budget and Taxation Committee, the state's 271 judges would be eligible for a 4 percent raise Nov. 15 and another 4 percent raise in January 2002. The proposal goes to the full Senate.
Senate to get bill reducing cigarette-smuggling penalties
A bill that would reduce the penalty for small-time cigarette bootlegging cleared the House of Delegates yesterday.
Under the proposal, a person caught with up to 30 cartons of cigarettes on which Maryland's 66-cent-a-pack tax had not been paid could be fined up to $500, sentenced to up to three months in jail or both. The penalty under current law is a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail.