Regional Recap, March 10, 2011

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O’Malley Wades Into Polluted Lake. Gov. Martin O’Malley waded into a polluted lake Wednesday on the Eastern Shore to call attention to environmental problems caused by leaky septic systems. O’Malley, a Democrat, said Wednesday that pollution in Lake Bonnie is the result of the state’s failure to address one of the biggest unaddressed causes of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. A bill to require high-end septic systems for new developments has run into resistance from members of both parties this session.

As Gas Prices Rise, So Do Scooter Sales.  As gas prices push toward the $4 mark in Maryland, many motorists are looking for more fuel-efficient modes of transportation.Motor scooters are one way to do it, and they seem to be flying out of stores. Owners say they’re compact and cheap to run and maintain. At Moto Strada in Cockeysville, motor scooter sales go up as the gas prices climb because people are looking to save.”They get about 60 to 80 miles per gallon. Most scooters can be driven on secondary roads, and the larger ones can actually be driven on the highway,” said Mark Jurus of Moto Strada.

Port Considers New Terminal As Cruise Business Booms.  Setting sail from Baltimore’s port is becoming more popular than ever, which could mean a second cruise terminal is in store for Charm City.Port of Baltimore officials said they are expecting about 220,000 cruise ship passengers this year, which is about 30,000 more than last year. The port has quickly become the most popular sendoff point for cruise ships in the Mid-Atlantic region.”All cruises sailing out of the Port of Baltimore are sailing full. Last year, we set a record for cruise passengers, and we set a record for sailings. We will break both those records this year, so it’s going very well,” said Richard Scher of the Maryland Port Administration.

Gay Marriage Passes Second Reader In House.  The Maryland House of Delegates has taken a preliminary voice vote that indicates approval for legislation to allow gay marriage in the state. The House’s action Wednesday morning advances the bill to a third and final vote. The House needs 71 votes for the bill to pass. Currently, supporters are a few votes shy. Delegates did not, in the end, make any changes to the bill they received from the Senate. That means the legislation is now more likely to pass the House. Gay marriage supporters beat back four amendments, any of which could have sunk the bill’s chances of passage.

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