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House to recognize Wroten

House to recognize Wroten

February 01, 2006|by TAMELA BAKER

tammyb@herald-mail.com

ANNAPOLIS - House Speaker Michael E. Busch rejected a request by Del. Christopher B. Shank to observe a moment of silence Tuesday for slain Roxbury Correctional Institution officer Jeffery A. Wroten.

Busch, D-Anne Arundel, explained that a moment of silence at adjournment perhaps was not the most appropriate way to recognize the officer.

"Traditionally, that is reserved basically for legislators," Busch said.

He said a resolution honoring Wroten, and dedication of an invocation to him, would be more appropriate.

Shank, who confessed to being a little unsure of the protocol, asked for the observance Tuesday during the Maryland House of Delegates' daily floor session.

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"I would ask the members of the House - I've never done this before, I'm not sure of the parliamentary language - but if the members of the House could adjourn with a moment of silence," Shank said.

"I'm sure many of you have read the great tragedy that has befallen the state of Maryland; we lost one of our own state employees last week - Jeffery A. Wroten, a correctional officer who gave his life in the service of the state of Maryland. If we could adjourn with a moment of silence to honor his sacrifice; thank you, Mr. Speaker."

Busch initially suggested the House recognize Wroten today. But with local delegates hoping to attend the funeral, Del. LeRoy E. Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, said Wroten likely would be honored Thursday.

"We wanted to do something today," Shank said, but local legislators decided to follow Busch's recommendation.

Shank said Myers was asked to prepare the prayer, and that the delegates planned to prepare the resolution for Thursday's floor session.

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