Two articles in yesterday's Washington Post - one on divorce legislation in the Maryland General Assembly and the other on property tax legislation - ended abruptly in numerous editions because the continuations on inside pages of the paper were accidentally excluded. What follows is a summary of those articles.
The divorce bill - heavily backed by womens rights groups would remove from the law provisions that they feel unfairly deprive wives of property rights divorce settlements.
Under current Maryland law, ownership title is the only thing that counts when determining who should get the property in a a divorce settlement. Usually, the husband has title to the property.
The continuation of the story said that because of the controversy sorrounding the subject, the bill probably won't pass this year. Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee amended the bill to require 50-50 split in settlements.
Some supporters of the bill charged that the action, in effect, killed attempts to change the property settlement law because a 50-50 split is such an extreme solution and would not be supported by most by most of the legislature.
The bill was sent to the Senate floor for future action.
The article on tax relief legislation reported that a package of bills that could cut millions of dollars from the property taxes of some Maryland home-owners was winning approval in the General Assembly.
One bill, if finally enacted, would reduce by 10 per cent that portion of the assessed value of a home on which taxes are levied.
Another measure, approved in the Senate Wednesday, would extend the tax credit program - called the "circuit breaker" - to one in five of the state's 850,000 homeowners depending on their income levels. Currently, only low-income people are eligible for the tax credit.
Finally, the package includes a measure extending the current state law that limits annual assessment increases on any home in Maryland to 15 per cent.