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Legislative Scorecard

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Maryland General Assembly adjourned at midnight at the conclusion of its annual 90-day session. Here's what happened to legislation addressing key issues:

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Domestic violence: Passed two bills giving judges more authority to take firearms from people accused of domestic violence.

Speed cameras: Passed a bill authorizing speed cameras statewide in work zones and school zones.

Death penalty: Amended a bill to repeal the death penalty, instead passing legislation that limits capital cases to those with DNA or biological evidence, a videotaped confession or a videotape linking the suspect to a homicide.

Energy re-regulation: Killed a bill to give state regulators new tools to order utilities to build power plants, which would have moved the state back toward a more regulated system for residential customers.

Climate change: Passed a bill that seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions thought to contribute to global warming; passed measure requiring owners of waterfront homes to upgrade failed septic systems to curb nitrogen pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

Preakness Stakes: Passed a bill to authorize the state to purchase or take by eminent domain the Preakness Stakes and horse-racing tracks owned by Magna Entertainment, which is in bankruptcy proceedings.

Texting while driving: Passed a bill to make it a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500, to write or send a text message while operating a vehicle.

Teen driving: Passed legislation requiring teens to hold a learner's permit for nine months instead of six and a restricted provisional license until age 18.

Unemployment insurance: Passed a bill extending unemployment insurance to part-time workers.

University tuition: Included funds in budget to allow a fourth consecutive year of a tuition freeze for in-state undergraduates at public universities; final decision rests with university regents.

Driver's licenses for illegal immigrants: Approved a compromise bill eliminating illegal immigrants' access to driver's licenses; allows undocumented immigrants holding licenses to get a limited driving permit that would expire in 2015.


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