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March 13, 2006|by TAMELA BAKER

A little Housekeeping is in order



Some time ago, members of the legislature were treated to an apple apiece, courtesy of Frederick County.

But not all of them, apparently, consume an apple a day - or even an apple a month.

"Listen up," House Majority Leader Kumar Barve announced last week, "there are a number of desks that still have apples in them, so either eat them or remove them so that our critter friends will not attack us down here on the House floor."

Time flies



Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, told the House Ways and Means Committee recently that students don't get enough time to eat lunch.

Last week, he told the committee that students need to spend more time in school - 30 days more per year, to be precise.

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Del. Anne Kaiser, D-Montgomery, had one question.

"Will this be taken up by the extended lunch that you've been promoting?"

If you can't beat 'em



During last week's filibuster on stem cell research, Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller seemed resigned to the fact that individual senators might tend to wander a bit during the extended debate.

He just had one request.

"Everybody try to stay close in case we need a quorum," he said.

Lighten up



In the continuing litany of technical problems in the new wing of the House office building, the lights went out during bill hearings Thursday in the House Health and Government Operations Committee room, leaving a panel of witnesses that included lobbyist Gil Genn in the dark. Committee Chairman Peter Hammen decided to soldier on with the hearing, and after about 15 minutes or so of testimony and a few false starts, the lights began shining again. Afterward, Hammen thanked the witnesses for going on with their remarks despite the technical difficulties.

"We hope it was enlightenting," Genn replied.

Understatement of the week



"I think the lines are drawn."

- Sen. Norman R. Stone, D- Baltimore County, on the Senate's impending vote on a controversial bill to fund embryonic stem cell research

First things first



Although former Del. Paul Muldowney was announcing his intention to challenge Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, in this year's election, Donoghue said he wasn't giving the race much thought just yet.

"I'm down here doing the people's business," he said, which was keeping him busy enough. "I'll save the campaigning for the summer."

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