3-7-12: Legislative Lightning Round

March 7, 2012 at 8:00 am 1 comment

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The tools of the Legislative Lightning Round.

We’re well into the 2012 legislative session, and hundreds of bills have been filed in both houses. There’s some you probably know about — and others you don’t.  In the Lightning Round, we try to shed some light on those you don’t know about.

First up is Senate Bill 207, cross-filed with House Bill 167, entitled “Agriculture – Commercial Feed – Arsenic Prohibition,” which would ban arsenic from being used in chicken feed.

One of the sponsors is Senator Paul Pinsky, Democrat of Prince George’s County.

Valerie Connelly, Director of Government Relations for the Maryland Farm Bureau, presents the opposition.

Next we take up House Bill 872, entitled the “Cremation Choice Act of 2012,” which would allow new procedures to be used for cremation.

One of the bills’ sponsors, Delegate Tom Hucker, Democrat of Montgomery County, makes the case for it.

Marilyn Harris Davis, the executive director of the Office of Cemetery Oversight, presents the opposition.

We move now to House Bill 622, cross-filed with Senate Bill 60, entitled “Criminal Law – Knowingly Transferring the HIV Virus to Another Individual – Felony,” which would change the knowledgeable transmission of HIV from a misdemeanor to a felony.

C. T. Wilson, Democrat of Charles County, is sponsoring the bill.

Melissa Goemann, Legislative Director for the ACLU of Maryland, presents the opposition.

Next is House Bill 481, cross filed with Senate Bill 407, entitled “Baltimore County – Elected School Board,” which would change the school board of Baltimore County from appointed to elected.

Making the case for the bill is one of its sponsors, Senator J. B. Jennings, Republican of Baltimore and Harford Counties.

Lawrence Schmidt, President of the Baltimore County School Board, is opposed to the bill.

What do you think of these bills?  Is there one you’d like us to include in the next lightning round?  Let us know at 410-881-3162 or send an email to mdmorning@wypr.org

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