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Public invited to meet county delegation

November 30, 1999|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Washington County residents are invited to a public meeting today to talk about the upcoming Maryland General Assembly session, which begins Wednesday.

The public meeting will be at South Hagerstown High School at 10 a.m.

Each year, Washington County's delegation to the General Assembly gives the public a chance to talk to lawmakers before the session begins.

"Any issue that they feel compelled to come talk to us about," said Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington.

In past years, correctional officers and PTA members have spoken at the meeting, but people don't have to be part of a group to testify, said Shank, the chairman of Washington County's delegation.

Testimony will be limited to about three minutes per person.

The Hagerstown City Council and the Washington County Commissioners have decided on their interests for the session.

The city council presented its wish list to Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, in December. The list includes more equitable tax revenue sharing between the city and county, a better state policy for releasing paroled prison inmates and funding for a central booking facility for local police.

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The commissioners discussed their legislative priorities at one of their weekly meetings in December. State lawmakers were not there.

The commissioners' list includes funding for a central booking facility and the authority to issue $80 million of general obligation bonds over four years for public facilities construction.

Shank said the commissioners probably will meet with the delegation soon to discuss their priorities in person.

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