Stephen Hershey

creative commons

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has cut down a bill that would have allowed students to opt out of animal dissections.

The measure brought a spirited debate during the Senate's session Monday night before it was rejected.

Sen. Ron Young, a Frederick County Democrat, says animal dissections are no longer necessary. He also says alternative methods are cheaper, and 18 other states allow students to opt out.

But Sen. Nancy King, a Montgomery County Democrat, says local school boards can address the issue better than state lawmakers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed Del. Stephen Hershey to a state Senate seat.

O'Malley announced the appointment Wednesday to replace former Sen. E.J. Pipkin, who resigned last month.

Hershey, a Republican, will represent legislative District 36, which includes Kent and Queen Anne's counties and parts of Cecil and Caroline counties.