The Environmental Matters Committee of the House of Delegates voted on HB
450 late in the afternoon on March 9, 2005.  The vote was 11 NO votes and 9
YES votes.  Two members of the committee were absent. Thus, HB 450 received
an unfavorable report from the committee.

This means that the bill will not advance to a full floor vote.

More details will be forthcoming when the official tally sheet is available.

Bill updates can be located via this link:
http://mlis.state.md.us/2005rs/billfile/hb0450.htm

ABATE of Maryland, Inc.
http://www.abate-of-maryland.org
mdabate@erols.com

The right-of-way violation penalties bill provides for increased penalties
for right-of-way violations when the violation contributes to an accident
that results in bodily injury or death of an another person.

Under current law, the penalty for violating the right-of-way of another
vehicle is $60 and one point against the offenders' license.  Even when a
right-of-way violation is combined with another charge like negligent
driving, the maximum fines and penalties for both charges would be $630 and
seven points.

In many accidents of this nature, law enforcement and the courts cannot
justify a higher charge that would include more severe penalties and the
violators are given only minimal fines and penalties.  This bill seeks to
give the courts the tools they need to penalize violators appropriately when
serious injury or death occurs.

The hearing for the right-of-way violations bill is scheduled for March 24,
2005 at 1:00 pm in the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

Right-of-Way Violations Penalties Bill (SB 963)
http://mlis.state.md.us/2005rs/billfile/sb0963.htm

Contact members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings committee and ask them to
vote for SB 963.

Judicial Proceedings Committee Members

Brian E. Frosh, District 16, Montgomery
Chair (410) 841-3124, (301) 858-3124
e-mail: brian_frosh@senate.state.md.us

Leo E. Green, District 23, Prince George's
Vice-Chair (410) 841-3631, (301) 858-3631
e-mail: leo_green@senate.state.md.us

Jennie M. Forehand, District 17, Montgomery
(301) 858-3134, (410) 841-3134
e-mail: jennie_forehand@senate.state.md.us

* Robert J. Garagiola, District 15, Montgomery
(301) 858-3169, (410) 841-3169
e-mail: rob_garagiola@senate.state.md.us

* John A. Giannetti, Jr., District 21, Anne Arundel & Prince George's
(301) 858-3141, (410) 841-3141
e-mail: john_giannetti@senate.state.md.us

Larry E. Haines, District 5, Baltimore County, Carroll
(410) 841-3683, (301) 858-3683
e-mail: larry_haines@senate.state.md.us

Ralph M. Hughes, District 40, Baltimore City
(410) 841-3656, (301) 858-3656
e-mail: ralph_hughes@senate.state.md.us

Nancy Jacobs, District 34, Cecil & Harford
(410) 841-3158, (301) 858-3158
e-mail: nancy_jacobs@senate.state.md.us

Philip C. Jimeno, District 31, Anne Arundel
(410) 841-3658, (301) 858-3658
e-mail: philip_jimeno@senate.state.md.us

Alex X. Mooney, District 3, Frederick & Washington
(301) 858-3575, (410) 841-3575
e-mail: alex_mooney@senate.state.md.us

Norman R. Stone, District 6, Baltimore County
(410) 841-3587, (301) 858-3587
e-mail: norman_stone@senate.state.md.us

* Indicates a sponsor of the SB 611.

In addition to the numbers listed above, you may call the toll-free number
1-800-492-7122 and provide the last four digits of the phone number to reach
a Senator.

ABATE of Maryland, Inc.
http://www.abate-of-maryland.org
 

Right of Way Bill (SB 963) - Hearing Completed
(Hearing Date March 24, 2005 at 1 pm)

The right-of-way violations (SB 963) bill was heard on March 24, 2005 in the
Judicial Proceedings Committee.  Several ABATE of Maryland, Inc. members
testified in favor of the bill.

The right-of-way penalties bill provides for increased penalties for
right-of-way violations when the violation contributes to an accident that
results in bodily injury or death of an another person.

In many accidents of this nature, law enforcement and the courts cannot
justify a higher charge that would include more severe penalties and the
violators are given only minimal fines and penalties.  This bill seeks to
give the courts the tools they need to penalize violators appropriately when
serious injury or death occurs.

Right-of-Way Violations Penalties Bill (SB 963)
http://mlis.state.md.us/2005rs/billfile/sb0963.htm

Contact members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings committee and ask them to
vote for SB 963.

Judicial Proceedings Committee Members

Brian E. Frosh, District 16, Montgomery
Chair (410) 841-3124, (301) 858-3124
e-mail: brian_frosh@senate.state.md.us

Leo E. Green, District 23, Prince George's
Vice-Chair (410) 841-3631, (301) 858-3631
e-mail: leo_green@senate.state.md.us

Jennie M. Forehand, District 17, Montgomery
(301) 858-3134, (410) 841-3134
e-mail: jennie_forehand@senate.state.md.us

* Robert J. Garagiola, District 15, Montgomery
(301) 858-3169, (410) 841-3169
e-mail: rob_garagiola@senate.state.md.us

* John A. Giannetti, Jr., District 21, Anne Arundel & Prince George's
(301) 858-3141, (410) 841-3141
e-mail: john_giannetti@senate.state.md.us

Larry E. Haines, District 5, Baltimore County, Carroll
(410) 841-3683, (301) 858-3683
e-mail: larry_haines@senate.state.md.us

Ralph M. Hughes, District 40, Baltimore City
(410) 841-3656, (301) 858-3656
e-mail: ralph_hughes@senate.state.md.us

Nancy Jacobs, District 34, Cecil & Harford
(410) 841-3158, (301) 858-3158
e-mail: nancy_jacobs@senate.state.md.us

Philip C. Jimeno, District 31, Anne Arundel
(410) 841-3658, (301) 858-3658
e-mail: philip_jimeno@senate.state.md.us

Alex X. Mooney, District 3, Frederick & Washington
(301) 858-3575, (410) 841-3575
e-mail: alex_mooney@senate.state.md.us

Norman R. Stone, District 6, Baltimore County
(410) 841-3587, (301) 858-3587
e-mail: norman_stone@senate.state.md.us

* Indicates a sponsor of the SB 963.

In addition to the numbers listed above, you may call the toll-free number
1-800-492-7122 and provide the last four digits of the phone number to reach
a Senator.

ABATE of Maryland, Inc.
http://www.abate-of-maryland.org