ANNAPOLIS - It may seem a bit self-serving of Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr. to introduce legislation that will help small contractors like himself.
But according to the legislature's chief ethics adviser, it's perfectly fine as long as he discloses the potential conflict of interest.
It would only become a problem if Myers supported a bill that would benefit his company alone, said William Somerville.
Myers' bill potentially would affect all contractors by repealing a requirement that builders get an architect's seal before putting up storage and utility buildings smaller than 12,000 square feet.
Often the expensive seal is not necessary now that pre-engineered buildings have become so common, said Myers, R-Allegany/Washington.
There always will be potential conflicts of interest in the Maryland General Assembly because it's a part-time legislature and most of its members hold other jobs, Somerville said.