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Legislative conference set

October 08, 2000

Legislative conference set



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


About 200 elected and appointed officials from cities and towns across Maryland will be in Hagerstown Thursday for the beginning of a three-day legislative conference of the Maryland Municipal League.

The City of Hagerstown is spending about $12,000 on an opening reception, entertainment for Thursday and Friday nights and a city information table at the conference, according to City Public Information Manager Karen Giffin.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said the conference will bring as much as $100,000 into the city.

Giffin said according to the county tourism office, which figures visitors spend about $140 a day while in Hagerstown, the conference will pump about $84,000 into the local economy.

Also, Bruchey said the conference will be good public relations for the city, and hopefully those coming for the conference will return to Hagerstown in the future.

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Maryland House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. D-Allegany and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley are scheduled to speak at the conference, which will be at the Ramada Inn & Convention Center in Hagerstown.

During the conference MML members will set their legislative agenda for the upcoming General Assembly session. Anticipated topics include water and sewer master plans, the Urban Legacy Grant program and liability limits in the Local Government Tort Claims Act.

There will also be workshops on topics including the structure of municipal government, juvenile crime in the community and ethics in municipal government, said MML spokesman James Peck.

MML is a nonprofit organization representing more than 150 Maryland municipalities.

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