Legislators look to help farmers with runoff bill

April 01, 2002|BY LAURA ERNDE

Rural lawmakers are trying to breathe life into legislation to make new fertilizer runoff regulations less onerous for farmers.

After the Senate killed the bill, the House passed a weakened version that doesn't delay the regulations but makes other changes to ease the burden on farmers.

It's unclear what the Senate will do now, but much depends on how Gov. Parris Glendening's office weighs in on the legislation.

"I think we're open-minded. We're taking an honest look at it," said Joe Bryce, the governor's legislative liaison.

Local lawmakers getting healthier

This legislative session didn't begin well for some local lawmakers as far as health was concerned.

Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, was recovering from a December car crash. Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, missed several weeks due to side effects from Lasik eye surgery. Then Del. Louise V. Snodgrass, R-Frederick/Washington, had a relapse of chronic arthritis.


With the session coming to a close in one week, everyone seems to be back in relatively good health.

Mooney's eye problems are all but gone and Snodgrass is getting around without the use of a wheelchair or a cane. McKee is doing fine, other than his knee still bothers him at times.

North High student enjoyed role as page

North Hagerstown High School student Nathan Kennedy got to say a few words to the Maryland Senate last week on behalf of his fellow pages.

Speaking from the dais usually commanded by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Kennedy said he was thankful for the opportunity to be a page. The volunteer job involves passing out papers and running errands for lawmakers while they are in session.

"Being a page has been the experience of a lifetime," he said.

Kennedy offered special thanks to Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, for informing him about the page program.

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