2-15-12: Legislative Lightning: Round One!
Now that the General Assembly session is in full swing, we’re bringing back our Legislative Lightning Round! Each year during the session, as bills are being proposed left and right, we ask legislators to give us their “elevator pitch” for legislation they’re sponsoring. Then we add a quick pitch from an opponent of that bill.
Today we’ve chosen four pieces of legislation. We asked a proponent and an opponent of the bill to give us their opinion on it in sixty seconds. Some went over that, and you can find their full answers below.
Our first bill this morning is House Bill 201, which would require schools to put the caloric values of food on school menus. The sponsor is Delegate Doyle Neimann, Democrat of Prince George’s County. Opposing House Bill 201 is the Maryland Association of Boards of Education. We spoke to John R. Woolums, their Director of Governmental Relations.
Our second bill is House Bill 177 which would require owners of ground rents to register them with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation. It’s being sponsored by Delegate Dana Stein, Democrat of Baltimore County.The Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors favors amendments to the bill. Here’s their Deputy Executive Vice President Carolyn Blanchard.
Up next: Senate Bill 213, which would prohibit minors from using tanning beds. Currently they can do so, but only with parental permission.
We spoke first with the sponsor of the bill, Senator Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Montgomery County.Speaking in opposition to the bill is Bruce Bereano, a lobbyist for the tanning industry.
Our final piece of legislation is House Bill 168, which would keep landlords from discriminating against potential tenants on the basis of the source of their income.
Delegate Mary Washington, Democrat of Baltimore City, is a co-sponsor of the bill.Delegate Anthony O’Donnell, Republican of Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, is opposed to it.
There you have it! Maryland Morning’s first Legislative Lightning Round of 2012.
Remember we gave all of our interviewees equal airtime, 60 seconds, but you can find their full answers above under the bill they spoke about.
And here’s the whole thing, if you’d like to listen to it in its entirety: