Annapolis notes

December 09, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

Del. Robert A. McKee has agreed to chair the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly for a fifth year, but it could be his last.

He and other lawmakers have informally agreed to rotate the job every year.

McKee, R-Washington, said one person should not be saddled with the administrative hassles that come with the position for all four years.

Under a tentative agreement, delegation Vice Chairman Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, would chair the second year and Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, would chair the third year, McKee said.

Delegate-elect Leroy E. Myers Jr. might chair the fourth year. Although most of Myers' constituents live in Allegany County, he is eligible for the job because he lives in Washington County, McKee said.


Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, the fifth resident lawmaker in the delegation, said he is not interested in serving as chairman. He held the position from 1995 to 1998.

Lawmakers to meet with officials, groups

Lawmakers will be busy meeting with elected officials and community groups before they head to Annapolis on Jan. 8 for the start of the three-month session.

Here is a list of upcoming public appearances:

  • Friday, Dec. 13, 7:30 a.m. Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce conducts its annual pre-legislative forum at the Plaza Hotel in Halfway. For more information, contact the chamber at 301-739-2015.

  • Monday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Washington County Council of PTAs will hold a legislative session preview in the Board of Education auditorium, 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 18, 9:30 a.m. Hagerstown Mayor and City Council public meeting at City Hall, 1 E. Franklin St.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 18, 12:15 p.m. Washington County Commissioners public meeting at the County Administration building, 100 W. Washington St., Hagerstown.

  • Friday, Dec. 20, 9 a.m. Washington County Board of Education public meeting at 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown.

  • Saturday, Jan. 4, 10 a.m. to noon. Lawmakers conduct a public hearing at South Hagerstown High School.

- Laura Ernde

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