Delegate ? 'The job's not done'

May 02, 2006|By TAMELA BAKER


He was a long shot in the 2002 election, but Del. LeRoy E. Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, upset former House Speaker Casper R. Taylor in a close race. Having completed his first term in office, Myers is ready to run again.

Myers said Monday that he planned to file this afternoon in Annapolis for re-election in District 1C, which includes eastern Allegany County and western Washington County.

He said he wants to return to the House of Delegates because "the job's not done.

"I think the state has come a long way in four years," he said, with a growing number of Republicans in the General Assembly and the first GOP governor in three decades "restoring fiscal responsibility. We have started to see a lot of changes as far as spending taxpayers' money more wisely and eating away at our structural deficit."


While he acknowledged there is more to be done in the area of teachers' pensions and the concerns of the state's correctional officers, he said the General Assembly took steps this year to help.

Gov. Robert Ehrlich signed into law last week a bill that enhances teachers' pensions, and he plans today to sign a bill Myers sponsored that allows state prisons to rehire retired correctional officers to help fill staffing gaps. New positions and raises for correctional officers also were approved this year.

But proposed changes to the state's medical malpractice laws that physicians believe would stem escalating liability insurance rates went nowhere this year.

"That's a big, big item with me," Myers said. "We have to solve the crisis once and for all."

Another challenge facing local legislators during the next term will be the rollback of caps on Allegheny Energy's rates two years from now, he said. After efforts stalled in the General Assembly to prevent 72 percent rate increases for Baltimore Gas and Electric customers when its caps come off this summer, Ehrlich has been attempting to broker a resolution.

"We'll be facing the same problem as BGE," Myers said. "The time to deal with it is now."

Myers, a Clear Spring building contractor, said his first term has been "very rewarding, doing what I have done for the citizens in the western part of the county and my adopted district in eastern Allegany County. It's the first time in many years those constituents have had someone who takes their concerns and beliefs with them to Annapolis."

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