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Jacobs introduces anti-abortion bill in state Senate

ANNAPOLIS - Sen. Nancy Jacobs, a Harford County Republican, introduced legislation that would make it illegal for doctors to perform abortions on women younger than age 18 without a notarized statement that their parents had been notified.

The bill would allow a judge to waive the requirement after a court hearing.

The measure is the only anti-abortion bill introduced in the General Assembly to date, and it is a major priority of a caucus of anti-abortion lawmakers. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said yesterday that he had not seen the bill, and could not say whether he would sign it.

Boarding pass required to proceed to BWI gates

LINTHICUM - The first day of new security regulations at Baltimore-Washington International Airport - boarding passes are required to get through the security checkpoint - went smoothly and without delays, officials said yesterday.

"Everything went very well. There were no lines," said airport spokesman John White. He added it was an ideal time to introduce the new rules because Tuesdays are typically the lightest day of the week at the airport and February is one of the slowest months of the year.

Southwest Airlines, which accounts for 40 percent of BWI's passengers, has been requiring boarding passes to get through security for a month. The other airlines began the practice yesterday. Passengers can pick up their boarding passes at airline ticket counters, self check-in kiosks or curbside check-in.

Marylanders support political reform, poll finds

COLLEGE PARK - Most Marylanders believe that large campaign contributions influence political officials, and most would support significant reforms to the financing of political races, according to a poll released yesterday.

The poll - conducted by the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Baltimore - found that two-thirds of those surveyed agree that contributions influence the actions of elected officials "a great deal." Another quarter said they have a "moderate influence" on politicians' decisions.

The telephone survey of 804 Maryland adults has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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