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Myers takes over Western Maryland delegation chairman post

February 22, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

ANNAPOLIS - Western Maryland's state lawmakers unanimously elected a new chairman on Thursday to replace Robert A. McKee, who has resigned from the legislature.

Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany, was named chairman and Del. Susan W. Krebs, R-Carroll, was chosen as vice chairwoman.

Myers had been the delegation's vice chairman while McKee was chairman.

The Western Maryland delegation includes state representatives from Washington, Frederick, Carroll, Allegany and Garrett counties.

The delegation sometimes works as a group on issues of importance to some or all of those counties.

Myers said the delegation has a few pending issues this session, including biodiesel fuel and monitoring Allegheny Power's plan to credit customers for fluorescent light bulbs the utility mailed to them.

As delegation chairman, McKee had sent Allegheny Power a letter objecting to the bulb-distribution program.

Last week, the delegation sent a letter to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources expressing "adamant opposition" to the possibility of placing wind turbines on state property.

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McKee's resignation took effect Monday.

Police have said they searched his Halfway home because of a tip that child pornography might be inside. No charges have been filed and police have not described the contents of the materials they seized.

McKee, R-Washington, was elected chairman of the Western Maryland delegation in 2004, replacing George C. Edwards, who decided to give up the post. Edwards was a delegate at the time, but now has a Senate seat.

Myers currently is chair of both the Washington County delegation and the Allegany County delegation.

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