*Slot Machines -- The legislature enacted a measure to permit fraternal, religious and veterans organizations in eight Eastern Shore counties to own and operate up to five slot machines each, as long as half the proceeds go to charity. Approval came over the objections of Gov. Harry Hughes, who vetoed the measure last year. Worcester County, where Ocean City is located, is exempted.
*Burning Tree -- The assembly voted to strip a $186,000 tax break from Bethesda's all-male Burning Tree Club, a measure approved earlier by the Senate. Insurance -- A conference committee adopted a compromise on legislation aimed at curbing insurance rates by making lawsuits more difficult and less lucrative. The committee voted to cap jury awards for noneconomic losses at $350,000 in all personal injury cases. The committee agreed to compromise on a bill stiffening requirements for filing lawsuits against doctors. The House and Senate each approved portions of the insurance package.
*Thrifts -- The assembly finally approved tough new oversight and regulatory measures aimed at the savings and loan industry.
*Education -- House and Senate conferees met to seek a compromise to enhance state aid to schools, but they remained far apart. The House favors a five-year, $300 million aid package, but the Senate prefers a one-year, $14 million plan.