Friday, April 10, 2009

Maryland: State Senate Rejects Anti-Porn Measure

State Sen. E.J. Pipkin (left) and Sen. Andy Harris (right) offer their differing views during the heated debate. (Baltimore Sun photo by Monica Lopossay / April 8, 2009)

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - Maryland senators rejected an attempt Wednesday morning to tie up funding for public university construction projects if their governing bodies do not set policies on how and when pornographic material may be shown on campus.

In the latest legislative reaction to the screening this week of hard-core pornography at the state's flagship university campus, Sen. Andy Harris, a Republican representing Baltimore and Harford counties, tried to amend the state's $1.1 billion capital budget to prevent public universities from accessing their share of the money unless they develop and put in place a porn policy by July 1.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller ruled the amendment out of order, and senators - including several Republicans - concurred, ending Harris' attempt.

Sen. E.J. Pipkin, an Eastern Shore Republican, said he has been receiving calls from angry constituents demanding to know whether the Senate had anything better to do than spend its time talking about pornography...

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