Annapolis notes

January 17, 2000

ANNAPOLIS - A lawmaker recently discovered that Maryland's "education governor," Parris Glendening was mistakenly identified in the 1997 South Hagerstown High yearbook.

Two pages of the yearbook are devoted to an important visit that year from "Governor Paris Glenn Denning," who promised millions of dollars for the school's ongoing renovation.

"It's sad," Del. Robert A. McKee said of the error.

McKee, R-Washington, noticed the slip-up while flipping through a copy he had purchased recently for a former "little brother" in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.

The governor's office had no comment.

ANNAPOLIS - A Western Maryland lawmaker was yanked off a high-ranking legislative committee just weeks after he was appointed.

Sen. John J. Hafer, R-Allegany/Garrett, was tapped for the powerful Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in late December.

But this week he was sent back to the Finance Committee and replaced by Senate Minority Leader Martin G. Madden, R-Howard/Prince George's.


Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, who also serves on the committee, said he didn't know what caused the Democratic leadership to make the switch.

Traditionally, however, the minority leader serves on Budget and Taxation. The partisan balance of the committee was tipped this year when Anne Arundel County Sen. Robert R. Neall became a Democrat.

In the reshuffle, Munson's subcommittee was changed. He'll once again oversee transportation and public safety instead of health and social services, he said.

ANNAPOLIS - A Hagerstown woman is interning in the office of Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington.

Heidi K. Mackley, a 1996 graduate of North Hagerstown High, is spending her days learning what goes on in the Maryland General Assembly.

"Everyone is very dedicated, helpful and friendly. No class could teach me everything I've been learning," said Mackley, who is a student at St. Mary's College.

Mackley will have the opportunity to attend meetings, track bills and handle constituent work. She worked in Munson's Hagerstown office last spring.

"I'm delighted to have Heidi in my Annapolis office as an intern this session. She did a wonderful job in my district office last year and I'm expecting great things from her," Munson said.

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