Nothing can help the MTA

This is well meaning, but……

A measure calling for tougher penalties for people who assault fellow passengers on public transit has been rejected by the Maryland House.

A House committee has voted down four bills proposed by a Baltimore Democrat to set mandatory minimum penalties for certain crimes on buses. Delegate Melvin Stukes says bus violence led to his proposals, but delegates’ dislike of mandatory minimums sank his plan.

The Maryland Transit Administration can’t properly keep their passengers safe with the laws already on the books. Even though I support stiffer penalties for all crimes, I doubt that they will alleviate the incompetence of MTA officials.

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