Measure to condemn homes is approved, heads to governor
The General Assembly gave final approval yesterday to legislation that will enable Baltimore County to condemn and redevelop hundreds of properties in Essex-Middle River and two other aging neighborhoods.
The Senate voted 35-4 to accept relatively minor amendments put on the bill by the House of Delegates, including more generous relocation benefits for uprooted residents and businesses.
The measure -- a victory for County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger -- now goes to Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who is expected to sign it into law. Essex-Middle River residents facing displacement have reportedly lobbied for a veto.
Tuition savings program may soon provide guarantee
Participation in Maryland's college tuition savings plan has been a disappointment since it began three years ago, but officials hope legislation approved yesterday will make it a success.
The bill sent to the governor for signature would make a key change in the plan. The state would guarantee parents that when their children enter college, there will be enough money to pay tuition and fees. Payment is dependent on the earnings of the investment plan.
Bill would cut license fee for certain couples-to-be
A cut-rate marriage license fee in Anne Arundel County for couples who have completed a premarital education course was approved yesterday by the state Senate; now it needs only the governor's signature to become law.
The bill reduces the $10 license fee to $2 for those who have taken a course, seminar or workshop from either a religious or private counselor. Applicants also pay $45 toward the state's domestic violence fund.
The bill's lead sponsor, Del. John R. Leopold, a Pasadena Republican, praised "the idea that counseling could strengthen marriages and reduce the incidence of divorce."
Senate meets, 11 a.m., Senate chamber.
House of Delegates meets, 11 a.m., House chamber.