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in areas where asbestos may prove to be a poten-
tial health hazard. The Task Force resolved the is-
sue in September 1984 and concluded its work in
late 1984.


Chairperson: H. Louis Stettler III, Secretary of
Budget and Fiscal Planning

Tyras S. Athey; Benjamin L. Cardin; Meyer M.
Emanuel; Robert W. Hearn; William S. James;
Helen L. Koss; Laurence Levitan; Edward J.
Mason; Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.; R. Clayton
Mitchell, Jr.; Dennis F. Rasmussen; Lawrence D.
Shubnell; Melvin A. Steinberg; Mildred L.

c/o Department of Budget and Fiscal Planning
Goldstein Treasury Building, 4th Floor
60 Calvert St.
Annapolis 21401 Telephone: 974-2114

The Governor established the Commission to
Study the Feasibility of a Biennial Budget in Au-
gust 1985.

A substantial portion of the State operating
budget is devoted to funding the continuing oper-
ation of State government and nondiscretionary
appropriations for programs, such as those deter-
mined by various formulas. In light of this, the
Committee was asked to ascertain if executive
branch development and legislative review of
those items could be done more efficiently on a bi-
ennial basis. The Committee also considered
whether a biennial process would enable agencies
to proceed with greater knowledge in administer-
ing programs and allow both the executive and
legislative branches greater opportunity for policy

The Committee reported its findings in Decem-
ber 1985.


Chairperson: Charles I. Shubin, M.D.
Vice-Chairperson: Gerald W. Winegrad
Staff: Carol J. Lawson; Frances F. May

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Department of Legislative Reference
90 State Circle
Annapolis 21401 Telephone: 841-3870

The Task Force reported to the Governor in
December 1983 and submitted a final report De-
cember 1985.

The Task Force recommended legislation, much
of which was enacted. Task Force proposals in-
cluded bills concerning investigations of reports of
child abuse; payment of medical examinations of
suspected abused or neglected children; custody
and visitation limits for allegedly abused children;
and penalties for not reporting suspected child
abuse or neglect. Proposed legislation also con-
cerned the competency of children to testify; use
of closed-circuit television for testimony; criminal
background checks on child care workers; and ad-
missability of an out-of-court statement by a vic-
tim of child abuse. In accordance with Task Force
recommendation, the Governor's Council on
Child Abuse and Neglect was created in 1986
within the Office of Children and Youth.


Chairperson: Charles H. Dorsey

Richard J. Bandelin; Kathleen O'Ferrall
Friedman; Elaine M. Fromm; A. Wade Kach;
David L. Levy; Kenneth M. Long, Jr.; Theresa A.
Nolan; Margaret J. Pecora; Paula J. Peters; Leslie
M. Pittler; Ida G. Ruben; William Schmidt;
Robert B. Watts; Thomas M. Yeager.

c/o Legal Aid Bureau
714 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore 21202 Telephone: 383-4779

The Council submitted an interim report in Au-
gust 1984 and a final report on November 30,
1986. The Council's final report included recom-
mendations to improve the State child support
system by the creation of a family court; the
adoption of guidelines to establish child support
orders; an education program to teach parental
responsibility; and numerous administrative re-


Chairperson: H. Louis Stettler III, Secretary of
Budget and Fiscal Planning


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