Bills Pass Maryland House And Senate Thursday | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Bills Pass Maryland House And Senate Thursday

Play associated audio
Maryland lawmakers made progress on several bills in both chambers on Thursday.
Robert Williams (
Maryland lawmakers made progress on several bills in both chambers on Thursday.

The Senate gave final approval to a bill regarding the higher liability pit bull owners currently face in court if their dog bites someone. The chamber's version is different from the one that was approved in the House, meaning lawmakers will have to come to some sort of agreement on the much debated measure by the time the General Assembly adjourns next month.

Republican Sen. leader E.J. Pipkin says the consequences would be dire if they don't.

"Our landlords are still at-risk," he says. "Our constituents still could be thrown out of the house. We'd still have a court ruling standing that's breed-specific. We accomplish nothing if we don't come together on this issue."

The Senate also approved extending the statute of limitations for those convicted of certain crimes with firearms despite light Republican opposition. Supporters say the measure has no effect on second amendment rights.

Meanwhile over in the House, delegates gave final approval to a bill stopping phone companies from charging residential customers for the first two directory assistance phone calls they make each month.

The House also advanced tighter rules making doctors who deliver babies to drug-addicted mothers report that information to local social service agencies.


Wounded Bull-Runner: 'If You Run Long Enough, You Get Gored'

Bill Hillmann, a writer from Chicago, contributed to the book Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. He was gored at this year's running of the bulls in that city, but says he plans to return.

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.

What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky?

Spending on the Kentucky Senate race might reach $100 million. So what else could that get you in the Bluegrass State? NPR's Tamara Keith finds out when she calls up some local business owners.

Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

Leave a Comment

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