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No time to waste! File that bill!

No time to waste! File that bill!

February 11, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

On Wednesday, the Washington County delegation in Annapolis started its weekly meeting a little early. This allowed lawmakers to talk among themselves about bills requested by the Washington County Commissioners, before the commissioners arrived.

As delegation members were knee-deep in a debate about a proposed change in the county's excise tax, Commissioner James F. Kercheval walked in, with other county officials behind him.

With tongue in cheek, Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., the delegation chairman, announced, "We have a motion and a second to eliminate all taxes in Washington County."

Kercheval, who has been known to crack a joke or two of his own, didn't rise to the bait.

In the old days

It was Maryland Library Day in Annapolis on Wednesday, which means Washington County Free Library Director Mary Baykan was there.

Baykan said Washington County's group of library officials met with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Calvert/Prince George's.

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She said the group gave Miller, a history buff, a framed land grant from nearly 300 years ago, when Washington County was part of Prince George's County.

Not your average bill, part V

Our ears perked up when we heard that a "Truth in Music" bill was filed recently in Annapolis.

Then, we read the details.

Bands would be forbidden from billing themselves "through the use of a false, deceptive, or misleading affiliation, connection, or association between a performing group and a recording group."

Say you think you're buying tickets to concert by the Mamas and the Papas. But you get snookered - it turns out to be Petie's Mamas and Papas, with no original Mamas or Papas.

The bill is being pushed in many states by Sha Na Na's Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, representing the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

That's all well and good, but we were hoping for some additional music truths.

Maybe a disclaimer on CDs: "Warning: This band is overhyped."

Or how about requiring your downstairs neighbor to concede, in writing, that the stuff he's blasting on his stereo at 3 a.m. really is pretty gosh-darn awful.

Not your average bill, part VI

blkbry adix, bware. a monty del sez 2 quit txtin n drivin, b4 u crash

Say, what? Oh, sorry, we need to translate:

BlackBerry addicts, beware. A Montgomery County delegate says you must quit texting while driving, before you crash.

House Bill 1110 would prohibit anyone from writing, sending or reading a text message on a wireless communication device while operating a moving motor vehicle, unless it's an emergency.

The bill is sponsored by Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher.

Or for all you text maniacs who write in to object, jfry wldstrchr - which is still a screenful on your cell phone.

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