ANNAPOLIS - A program that will provide state funding for apprenticeship programs in construction trades was approved shortly before the Maryland General Assembly adjourned its 90-day session at midnight Monday.
The legislation will help address the lack of qualified tradespeople in Washington County and other parts of the state, said Del. D. Bruce Poole, D-Washington, the bill's sponsor.
"More than anything, what I want to bring back to Washington County is the hope of getting good jobs at good wages for people," Poole said.
Poole and other supporters of the bill had to sweat out an agonizing last few hours of the legislative session, during which a potentially costly amendment was removed before final passage.