Annapolis notes for 1-27-03

January 27, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

Byers heads up screening panel

School Board veteran B. Marie Byers will head up the screening panel that is reviewing potential appointees to the Washington County Board of Education.

Byers, who left the school board in 2000 after 30 years, was asked to serve by Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington.

"I think she's an excellent choice," said Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan.

The panel, which has representatives from various business and community groups, will submit three names to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich.

Ehrlich will fill the position, which was left vacant when Doris Nipps was sworn in as a Washington County Commissioner in December.

Security remains tight at legislative session

Security remains tight in Annapolis this legislative session, with visitors still required to walk through metal detectors.


But the guards seem to be getting a little less strict.

Last week, they let Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook keep his shoes on when he entered the Lowe House Office Building.

A year ago, Snook was asked to remove his shoes before visiting state Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington.

County legislators back ban on panhandling

Washington County lawmakers voted 6-1 last week to seek legislation banning roadside panhandlers.

Sheriff Charles Mades asked for the law to deal with traffic hazards caused by people who stand along busy roads and ask for donations.

The groups, who mostly come from out of town, are causing increased problems, Mades told the Washington County Commissioners last month.

Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, cast the lone dissenting vote.

"I really don't like these kinds of bills. This is a free country," Mooney said.

The legislation still needs to pass the Maryland General Assembly.

Donoghue gets House support for Medbank

Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, performed an amazing feat last week.

He got all 141 members of the Maryland House of Delegates to co-sponsor a bill to continue the Medbank program, which helps lower-income residents get free prescription drugs from pharmaceutical companies.

Even though he has strong support for the bill, Donoghue still has to convince the one person in Annapolis who can guarantee the program doesn't die - Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich.

Donoghue has to persuade Ehrlich to add $3 million to his already tight budget.

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