No More E-ZPasses For Maryland Lawmakers | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

No More E-ZPasses For Maryland Lawmakers

Play associated audio

Legislators in Maryland could lose their free E-Z Passes.

The speaker of Maryland's House of Delegates and the president of the state senate have asked the state transportation authority to terminate the legislative branch's E-Z Pass program. The program allowed scores of lawmakers to avoid paying for the electronic toll-collection service.

In July, the authority imposed a $1.50-a-month fee on E-Z Pass customers and began charging $21 for the transponders. It's unclear how much the move would save, but an authority spokeswoman tells the Baltimore Sun the 137 non-revenue transponders issued to state senators and delegates in fiscal year 2008 recorded 2,300 transactions.

About 15,000 government employees and officials in the state have the free accounts. Lawmakers would still be able to receive reimbursement for tolls.

Natalie Neumann reports...

NPR

Author Explores Armenian Genocide 'Obsession' And Turkish Denial

As a child, Armenian-American writer Meline Toumani was taught to see Turks as a bitter enemy. She wrote her new book, There Was and There Was Not, in an effort to understand that conflict.
NPR

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.
WAMU 88.5

Special Prosecutors Should Handle Civilian Shootings By Police, Holmes Norton Says

Norton says mayors and governors could stem anger over civilian shootings by police by appointing special prosecutors to handle them.
NPR

Pyongyang Blames U.S. Amid Reports Of New Internet Outages

Pyongyang has accused President Obama of "reckless words and deeds" and said the U.S. is "playing hide and seek as children with runny noses would."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.