Myers grabs pair of vice chairman posts

January 26, 2004|by LAURA ERNDE

ANNAPOLIS - A year after taking office, Del. LeRoy Myers, R-Allegany/Washington, has managed to grab two vice chairman positions.

He's second in command of the Washington County Delegation and the Western Maryland Delegation.

"Del. Myers is now in charge of a lot of vice," quipped Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, at a county delegation meeting last week.

"As long as it's not ad-vice," Myers replied.

In reality, there's not a lot of power behind the title. In essence, the vice chairman's role is to run meetings when the chairperson is absent.

Myers said he's hoping to learn so he can take on more substantial leadership positions.

Operators to weigh in on tip jar changes

ANNAPOLIS - It wouldn't be a proper legislative session without changes to Washington County's tip jar law, Delegation Chairman Del. Christopher B. Shank said last week.


This week, local lawmakers are expected to decide whether to pursue two changes to the 8-year-old law.

One would lift a $250 cap on jars sold at bars and restaurants.

Another would bar the Washington County Restaurant and Beverage Association from holding a tip jar wholesalers' license. That issue currently is the subject of a court case.

Last week, lawmakers put off the tip jar debate to give restaurant and beverage association operators a chance to weigh in on the proposed changes.

McKee shares fund-raising tale

ANNAPOLIS - Del. Robert A. McKee has never had a reputation for being a good fund-raiser and a story he told last week confirmed that.

McKee, R-Washington, said he was talking to former Del. Mark Shriver a few years ago when the son of a Kennedy asked McKee how his fund-raising campaign was going.

McKee replied that he had raised "25."

"Oh, $25,000 is pretty good for up your way, right?" Shriver said.

"No, not $25,000, 25 dollars," McKee said.

When the latest campaign finance reports were filed last week, McKee reported he improved that amount by receiving a $100 donation.

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