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Region leaders getting together

July 27, 2000

Region leaders getting together



By DON WORTHINGTON / Staff Writer


Legislators from Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia who represent areas along the Interstate 81 corridor will convene in Hagerstown to discuss common interests such as education, economic development, transportation and health care.

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The 15th annual Quad-State Legislative Conference will be Aug. 3 at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel. Between 15 and 18 legislators from the four states are expected to attend.

In addition to panel discussions, the conference will present the fifth annual Dwight D. Eisenhower Community Service Award to a person who has enhanced the quality of life in his or her community. The award rotates among the four states, going to a person in the state that hosts the convention each year.

The conference's luncheon speaker is Maryland Sen. Thomas V. "Mike" Miller, who has been president of the state Senate since 1987. He has served in the Maryland legislature since 1966.

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The conference is "an opportunity to look at how we fit together as a region. What factors cause us to be together," Maryland Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, said. Munson is the chairman of the Quad-State Legislative Council.

It's also a chance to network and even work on a few small, nagging problems, Munson said.

The nagging problem Munson wants Quad-State legislators to consider is the certification of notary publics. In Maryland Munson said he routinely authorizes notary commissions, regardless of where the applicant lives.

"It's important. You can live in Pennsylvania and work in Maryland and I can make it happen. But if you live in Maryland and work in Pennsylvania it can't happen. Pennsylvania doesn't reciprocate. I hope to change that."

The morning session will be devoted to economic development and transportation, frequent topics at past Quad-State conferences.

Munson said some of the substantial growth along the I-81 corridor can be attributed to the fact the conference "existed" and that legislators are promoting the Quad-State advantages "to the world."

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