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A chart showing the status of various bills in the Maryland legislature incorrectly described what one of the bills would do. The legislation dealing with electronic voting machines would require a study of the impact of paper verification of computerized votes.

Key Maryland Bills: A Status Report

Tuesday, April 12, 2005; Page A11

Legislation marked with an asterisk is part of the agenda of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R).

LegislationWhat bill would doStatus
Slot machine gambling*
Legalize slot machine gambling in Maryland.House and Senate versions could not be reconciled.
Teenage driving
restrictions
Limit young passengers.
Restrict cell phone use.

Extend time for learner's permit.*

Increase practice hours.

Increase penalty for drunken driving.*
Increase penalty for seat belt or curfew violations.
On the governor's desk.


On the governor's desk.

On the governor's desk.

On the governor's desk.

Died in conference.

On the governor's desk.
Same-sex
marriage
Prohibit recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states.Killed in House committee.
Gay rightsAllow unmarried couples the right to make health and funeral decisions.


Add sexual orientation to state hate crimes law.
On the governor's desk.

On the governor's desk.
Witness intimidation*
Make witness intimidation a felony. Allow an exception to hearsay.On the governor's desk.
Medical malpractice*
Place further restrictions on payouts in medical malpractice lawsuits.Died in committee.
Asian oysters
Require more study before Asian oysters are put into Chesapeake Bay.On the governor's desk.
Stem cell
research
Provide up to $23 million a year in support of embryonic stem cell research.Died in Senate.
Car theft
Allow wiretapping in car-theft cases.


Put restrictions on key duplication.


Allow owners to submit affidavits.


On the governor's desk.


Killed in House committee.


On the governor's desk.

Higher education
Require annual increases in state aid and cap tuition increases at colleges and universities.Killed in committee.
School construction
Raise money for construction by closing a corporate tax loophole.


Provide additional funds through budget.
Died in Senate committee.


$250 million included.
Disposing of state-owned property
Constitutional amendment restricting governor's ability to sell parkland.Goes to 2006 ballot.
Electronic voting machines Require paper verification of computerized votes. On the governor's desk.
State Board of Elections
Allow minority party to recommend members for state board; add requirements to remove administrator.Vetoed by governor; veto overridden.
Violent and X-rated videos
Ban the sale of violent and sexually explicit videos to minors.Killed in committee.
BWI AirportAdd the name of former Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall to the airport's name.On the governor's desk.
Intercounty connector fundingRaise the cap on bonds for the road. On the governor's desk.
Emergency contraception
Allow access to morning-after pill without a prescription.Defeated in Senate.
Minimum wage
Raise the minimum wage in Maryland by $1 an hour. On the governor's desk.
Early voting Allow voting up to eight days before Election Day.On the governor's desk.


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