Local lawmakers miffed over college's plan to change its name

January 21, 2002

Local lawmakers miffed over college's plan to change its name

ANNAPOLIS - Western Maryland lawmakers took offense last week at Western Maryland College's plan to change its name.

The Westminster, Md., college is paying an Illinois company $200,000 to come up with a new name because its current name leads people to mistakenly think it's located in the mountains.

It may be close to Baltimore, but the college is still technically part of Western Maryland, lawmakers said.

"The name is just as much of an institution as the campus," said Del. Carmen Amedori, R-Carroll.

The Western Maryland delegation to the Maryland General Assembly voted last week to write a letter to the college in protest.

Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, also suggested that each of the lawmakers call the college president.

While it's not a state college, Western Maryland College does receive state money, they said.

Two of Maryland's state colleges have changed their names recently. Towson University and Salisbury University have dropped the "state" from their names.


ANNAPOLIS - A local lawmaker's bill that was vetoed last year after passing the Maryland General Assembly moved quickly through the legislature last week.

The Senate gave tentative approval Friday to a bill by Sen. Alex X. Mooney that would fix a problem in the tax laws.

Mooney's bill would extend the tax refund deadline for taxpayers whose appeals get tied up in administrative red tape.

Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, thanked the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee for moving quickly on the matter.

"I'm glad we can work in a bipartisan manner," he told the committee.

"I'm glad we got that on tape," said Committee Chairwoman Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman, D-Baltimore.

ANNAPOLIS - The Western Maryland delegation is homeless.

The delegation used to meet in House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr.'s room on the third floor of the Lowe House Office Building.

But the rules have changed this year. The room is now reserved for the exclusive use of Taylor, D-Allegany, said delegation chairman Del. George C. Edwards, R-Allegany/Garrett.

Ironically, Taylor is a member of the delegation but is able to attend few of its meetings because of his leadership position.

"If we could get the speaker to come to our meetings, maybe he would invite us in his room," said Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington.

ANNAPOLIS - Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, was appointed deputy minority whip, Republican leaders announced last week.

In that role, Shank will help the party "organize and communicate a unified message to members of the House of Delegates," according to a press release.

"Delegate Chris Shank is an extremely bright and dedicated legislator who fights on behalf of his constituents, both in Annapolis and in the community," said House Minority Leader Del. Al Redmer, R-Baltimore.

ANNAPOLIS - Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, has been appointed to the Executive Nominations Committee.

The committee interviews the governor's nominees to various state boards and commissions and advises the Senate on whether to give consent.

The committee is one of 12 that Munson is serving on this legislative session.

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