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Topic - Luiz R.S. Simmons
The House of Delegates is considering a bill that would link Maryland's gun registry to its criminal database.
Maryland's high tax rate on slot machines and reluctance to expand gambling have not only deprived the state of needed revenue, but have also nearly killed its horse-racing industry, according to the president of the American Gaming Association.
Strict gun laws, widespread smoking bans and a failure to legalize same-sex unions have left Maryland residents with the fewest personal freedoms of any state in the nation, according to a recent study.
Rockville resident Adiva Sotzsky lost her husband in 2005 when an 18-wheeler struck his motorcycle on the highway. The truck's driver was deemed responsible for the crash and was cited for speeding, negligence and failure to avoid a collision. He was issued a handful of traffic citations and the matter was considered closed.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley faces a critical point in his second term as the General Assembly prepares this week to vote on his $34.2 billion budget — the centerpiece of a 2011 legislative agenda already being knocked for focusing on environmental concerns rather than fiscal issues.
State law requires gun owners to surrender their weapons if they're convicted of felonies or any violent crimes, but Delegate Luiz R.S. Simmons, Montgomery Democrat, said Maryland State Police lack a systematic way of enforcing this.
But Delegate Luiz R.S. Simmons, Montgomery Democrat, said the state has supported horse racing long enough, arguing that the industry represents less than 1 percent of Maryland's economy and jobs and is unlikely to be saved from waning public interest in the sport.