By GUY FLETCHER
ANNAPOLIS - State lawmakers failed Wednesday to amend legislation to bar correctional officers from being involuntarily transferred to prisons throughout the state - one day after they informally agreed to the measure.
In a rare tie vote, the Senate voted 23-23 on a measure to limit transfers to a 50-mile radius from an officer's existing facility, which effectively would have prevented involuntary reassignments for officers at the state prison complex south of Hagerstown. Without a majority, the amendment failed.
"We gave it our best shot," said Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, who voted for the amendment.
At issue was a prison bill (S.B. 410) that had been opposed by correctional officers and union leaders who saw it as a threat to job security. They fear the legislation will prompt reassignments at the whim of the secretary of the Department Public Safety and Correctional Services.