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Senate Votes To Reconsider MTA Audio-Taping Bill

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has voted to reconsider an audio-taping measure that was rejected by lawmakers on Monday in a 23-22 vote.

The bill, voted for reconsideration on Tuesday, prohibits the Maryland Transit Administration from using audio-taping devices to record the conversations of passengers on transit vehicles.

The legislation now goes back to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee where its merits will again be considered.

Baltimore senators voted unanimously against the bill on Monday arguing that their constituents, who disproportionately use MTA busses, deserve the additional layer of safety the audio devices would provide.

Supporters of the bill countered saying the measure intruded on passengers’ rights to privacy.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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