Drug task force can make secret purchases
By LAURA ERNDE / firstname.lastname@example.org
ANNAPOLIS - A bill to let Washington County police agencies make secret purchases for undercover investigations passed the Maryland General Assembly on Thursday.
It was the first county bill to pass both chambers this session. Nine other Washington County bills have passed the House of Delegates and are awaiting Senate approval before the session ends April 9.
"We're where we should be. We're all right," said Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington.
The bill that unanimously passed the Senate Thursday allows the Washington County Sheriff's Office, State's Attorney's Office and Narcotics Task Force to buy products and services without publicly advertising for bids. The law is intended to protect the secrecy of undercover investigations.