By GUY FLETCHER
ANNAPOLIS - Maryland lawmakers agreed Saturday to pass legislation that will bar correctional officers from being involuntarily transferred to prisons across the state.
The legislation, which was approved overwhelmingly by both the House of Delegates and the Senate, was seen as a victory for correctional officers, many of whom had opposed the bill when the restrictions were not included.
"I'm very satisfied, very satisfied," said Del. D. Bruce Poole, D-Washington.
The approved bill, which now awaits the signature of Gov. Parris N. Glendening, limits job transfers to a 50-mile radius - a restriction that essentially bar involuntary transfers from the state prison complex south of Hagerstown.