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February 18, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

Personal experience causes Myers to vote against bill


ANNAPOLIS - A first-hand experience led Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr. to vote against expanding the powers of investigators in the Maryland Comptroller's Office.

Myers said the state audited his construction business in the early 1990s. Although the auditors didn't find any problems, the experience was a hassle.

"I'm the one who has to pay fees and spend money to prove I was right," said Myers, R-Allegany/Washington.

Comptroller William Donald Schaefer is seeking broader powers for his field officers, saying it would improve tax collections.

The legislation passed the House on Friday by a vote of 96-36. It now heads to the Senate.

Similar legislation passed the Maryland General Assembly last year, but was vetoed by Gov. Parris Glendening, who had an ongoing feud with Schaefer.




Lawmakers see hope for refund deadline bill


ANNAPOLIS - Speaking of bills that were vetoed by Gov. Parris Glendening, a bill to extend the tax refund deadline may have more success now that Republican Robert Ehrlich is residing in the governor's mansion.

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Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, testified in favor of his noncontroversial bill last week.

The bill unanimously passed the Maryland General Assembly last year.

Senate Budget and Taxation Committee Chairman Ulysses Currie, D-Prince George's, suggested that Mooney "work the second floor," home to Ehrlich's office.

"I'll be right up there on the second floor as soon as this gets passed," Mooney said.




Donoghue gets ribbing over newspaper photo


ANNAPOLIS - Del. John P. Donoghue took some ribbing from his colleagues last week when his photo appeared in The Washington Post with other state lawmakers, all referred to as "religious leaders."

Donoghue, D-Washington, was attending a press conference held by W. Minor Carter, an anti-slot machine lobbyist.




Ehrlich still working on slot machine legislation


ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland General Assembly's 90-day session is nearly half over and Gov. Robert Ehrlich is still hammering out the details of his major piece of legislation to legalize slot machines.

In a meeting with local lawmakers last week, members of Leadership Hagerstown were curious about the possible alternatives to slots, whether they be budget cuts, tax increases or both.

"David Copperfield has not come down to brief us," said Del. Richard B. Weldon, R-Frederick/Washington.

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