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Notes/Tour cut short for new state Assembly members

December 16, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

ANNAPOLIS - During Casper R. Taylor Jr.'s nine-year reign as House Speaker, he made sure newly elected members of the Maryland General Assembly got an extensive tour of Maryland so they could get a feel for all corners of the state.

But after Taylor was defeated, his heir apparent cut the six-day tour in half. This year's crop of freshmen didn't see anything west of Frederick and skipped the Eastern Shore altogether.

Del. Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel, shortened last week's tour as a cost-cutting measure, said Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington.

At least one Washington County lawmaker is worried that the new lawmakers will have a harder time appreciating rural issues.

"I'm disappointed they can't do the complete tour and give the new freshmen the opportunity to see Western Maryland," said Delegation Chairman Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington. "I think it makes our sales job a little harder to do."

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McKee said the tour was eye-opening for him when he took it in 1994.

Crime problems in the inner cities hit home when he visited a Baltimore hospital and saw five gurneys holding the covered bodies of victims of violence.




Election Board has Republican openings



Republicans interested in serving on the Washington County Election Board are being asked to call Republican headquarters in Hagerstown by the end of the year.

Gov.-elect Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has asked the Washington County Republican Central Committee to give him 12 names to fill three positions, two board members and one alternate, said Mildred "Mickey" Myers, the central committee's first vice president.

To be considered, you must be a Republican who has been registered for at least five years.

Interested people are asked to call Republican headquarters at 301-739-2118 and leave a message with their name and phone number.

"We urge people to call as soon as possible," Myers said.




Delegate changes his shopping venue



Del. Robert A. McKee used to do his Christmas shopping at Valley Mall in Hagerstown, but no more.

He knows so many people in town that he ended up spending more time talking to people than buying gifts.

Now, he heads to Frederick.

"I still keep the sales tax in Maryland," he said.




Stull selected to lead Frederick delegation



Members of the Frederick County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly named Del. Paul Stull as their chairman last week.

"I'm pleased and thank my colleagues for giving me the opportunity," said Stull, R-Frederick.

Stull replaces Del. Louise V. Snodgrass, R-Frederick/Washington, who was defeated in the election.

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