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Legislature passes bill limiting child access to...


Legislature passes bill limiting child access to online pornography

Maryland's public libraries will have to develop plans to prevent children from being exposed to Internet pornography under legislation that received final General Assembly approval yesterday.

The measure, sponsored by Sen. Christopher Van Hollen Jr., a Montgomery Democrat, will require each county's library system to have such a plan in place by Jan. 1. The state superintendent of schools is charged with reviewing the policies.

The bill goes to Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who is expected to sign it into law.

Bill to allow HMOs to claim lawsuit money clears Senate

The Senate approved a bill yesterday that would allow HMOs to collect money from members hurt in accidents if they later receive payments from lawsuits filed because of their injuries.

The bill, which has the support of legislative leaders, now goes to the House of Delegates. It would reverse a Court of Appeals ruling that declared the long-standing practice by health maintenance organizations illegal.

The Senate amended the measure to bar HMOs from demanding repayment for medical expenses beyond what their members collect in legal settlements. But the bill retains a controversial provision making the legislation retroactive to when HMOs were first authorized 24 years ago.

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