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Annapolis notes

February 27, 2006|by TAMELA BAKER

The bears are back



Once again, Del. George Edwards, R-Garrett/Allegany, has introduced legislation to require the Department of Natural Resources to introduce a black bear population in every Maryland county. The deadline for a bear in every county would be October 2012.

Edwards introduced a similar bill last year in response to an attempt by Del. Barbara Frush, D-Anne Arundel/Prince George's, to prohibit bear hunts in Western Maryland.

Both bills died last year, but led to a testy exchange between Edwards and Frush during a hearing before the House Environmental Matters Committee.

And when Frush reintroduced her bill this year, Edwards reintroduced his.

Frush's bill is scheduled for a hearing this week; Edwards' is scheduled next week.




Reading is fundamental



Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller told the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee last week some counties face serious impediments in paying for capital projects at libraries.

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"Some of our counties are not only fiscally challenged, but also mentally challenged," he said.




Understatement of the week



"There's a lot of politics down here this year, and it's not pretty."

- Gov. Robert Ehrlich, to a group of visiting correctional officers.




Think outside the box



Sometimes it can be difficult during the General Assembly to keep up with anything happening outside official Annapolis, as Del. Joanne Parrott, R-Harford, discovered last week.

After admonishing her colleagues to be sure to watch Bel Air resident Kimmie Meissner performing in the women's figure skating competition at the Winter Olympics, Parrott missed Meissner's short program, which occurred early in the schedule.

Before the long program on Thursday, Parrott asked the entire House chamber to watch Kimmie again.

"I want to thank you for watching Kimmie Tuesday night," she said. "I've been told by a number of you that you missed it, and that you watched the repeat at 1 to 1:30 a.m."

She then encouraged them to cheer then fifth-placed Meissner toward a medal Thursday night. Ultimately, Meisner placed sixth.




How was that?



Gov. Robert Ehrlich assured correctional officers visiting his office last week that their legislators had been vocal about issues affecting state prisons.

"They've been hardheaded. Steadfast. Hardheaded. Aggressive. Hardheaded. Hardheaded," Ehrlich said.

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