The Maryland Senate turned back efforts Thursday to allow taping of committee voting sessions and to make it more likely that people who come to
On the recommendation of the Rules Committee, senators rejected an effort by Sen.
While the Senate makes video and audio of its committee hearings available on line, the voting sessions can be heard only by coming to Annapolis.
The Senate also voted 37-9 to turn back an effort by Senate Minority Leader
Pipkin, an Upper Shore Republican, said his effort was prompted by last week's Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing on Gov.
Some senators said by the time Chairman
"When we say we've heard enough, that really grates on a lot of our citizens that come here," he said. "It raises the whole issue of arrogance of elected officials in this body."
The proposed rule would have allowed the Senate president to designate certain hearings as ones of extraordinary public interest and would have required committee chairmen to make provisions to hear every witness who showed up.
"This essentially is a filibuster without closure," he said.