Monday, December 10, 2012
Carbon monoxide leak at Atlanta elementary school sends 47 to hospital.
According to a recent Reuters story, a carbon monoxide leak caused by a faulty furnace at Finch Elementary School in Atlanta sent 43 students and six teachers to the hospital. The school did not have carbon monoxide detectors installed, and vapor levels of the deadly gas were “the highest we’ve ever seen,” said Atlanta Fire Department spokeswoman Marian McDaniel. As it turns out, no school in Georgia is required to install carbon monoxide detectors. Neither are schools in 47 other states. Information detailing state statutes on carbon monoxide detectors, noted on the website of the National Conference of State Legislators, says that only Maryland and Connecticut require installation of carbon monoxide detectors in schools. Maryland Code…
Monday, June 4, 2012
The Violence Against Women Act would pay for $660 million in programs to help domestic violence victims.
Maryland programs for domestic violence victims could be hurt if the Violence Against Women Act isn't reauthorized by Congress. The proposed legislation, which provides about $660 million over a five-year period, would fund programs aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence, education on prevention and legal aid for survivors, according to the Christian Science Monitor. U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) has implored the House to pass the Senate’s version of VAWA. “The Violence Against Women Act has a proven track record of protecting women from domestic violence and it is hard to understand opposition to legislation with the goal of curbing domestic violence,” Cardin stated in a press release. “Saving women’s lives should not be a …
Monday, February 21, 2011
Recently introduced bills would amend Prohibition-era laws regarding home delivery of wine.
- Ben Gross
Monday, February 21, 2011
Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia currently allow adult consumers to have wine directly shipped to their homes – Maryland is not one of them. Since the repeal of prohibition in December 1933, the State has overseen the sale of alcoholic products via a system where wine is first shipped to a wholesaler in the state, who sells to a distributor who then transports the products to the individual retailers. While this process may help keep alcohol out of the hands of minors, it does not allow adult consumers in Maryland to enjoy the same freedom of choice they would have if they lived in the 75% of the United States that does allow home shipping of wine. On January 28, Senator Jamie Raskin (D - Montgomery) and Delegate Jolene …