ANNAPOLIS - Supporters of legislation that would set milk price supports in Maryland said Thursday momentum is building for the bill - once considered dead - to be approved in the state Senate.
"I just know there's a good chance," said Sen. John W. Derr, R-Frederick/Washington.
Derr and other supporters of the legislation had their hopes buoyed Wednesday when Gov. Parris N. Glendening personally visited key senators in an effort to get the bill passed.
Since then they believe they have been picking up crucial votes for the legislation.
"That's good to have the momentum. That's what it's all about down here," said Del. Louise V. Snodgrass, R-Frederick/Washington.
The legislation would allow Maryland to join the Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact, a federally created organization that has been setting the minimum price farmers receive in the New England states since last July.
Farmers believe the bill is necessary to restore stability to an ailing industry that has been steadily losing farms since 1991. Washington County is the second-largest milk-producing county in the state. Frederick County is the largest.