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McKee hopes to make sesion by Monday

January 09, 2002

McKee hopes to make sesion by Monday



By LAURA ERNDE
laurae@herald-mail.com


ANNAPOLIS - Washington County lawmakers will begin the 2002 legislative session today without their delegation chairman, who on Tuesday was dealing with new complications from a Dec. 27 car accident.

Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, returned to the hospital Monday night when his left arm began to swell. Doctors feared a blood clot, but tests on Tuesday showed it was due to inflammation of his vein, he said.

Last week, McKee discovered the accident had cracked several ribs.

"Each day brings a new experience, all of it from the impact of the accident," he said.

Despite his trauma, McKee plans to join the 90-day session in progress Monday and conduct the first delegation meeting on schedule Jan. 16.

"As of now, hopefully I will be there. The business that we're there for will proceed," he said.

Meanwhile, McKee is working from home to hire a staff person who will track local bills and take care of other delegation business.

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Other local lawmakers said the delay in McKee's arrival will not hurt the delegation's ability to get local legislation passed this session.

"We really don't have much of an agenda from back home this year," said Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington.

Lawmakers will consider salary increases for the Washington County Commissioners and members of the Washington County Board of Education.

Del. Christopher B. Shank, the delegation's vice chairman, said he's prepared to pick up the slack in McKee's absence.

"My concern right now is Bob's health. We can cope with whatever happens," said Shank, R-Washington.

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