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February 22, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Serafini coordinates House joke

Two weeks ago, a lawmaker in Maryland's House of Delegates asked fellow House members to hold hands during the presession prayer.

Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, asked House members to participate in a different kind of tradition Thursday.

"In that same spirit, we have a tradition in my church that's over 2,000 years old," he said. "It's called feet washing."

Then, General Assembly pages came forward holding towels.

However, the exercise was a joke, and lawmakers did not wash each others' feet.

"I do need those towels back or I will be fined from the Sheraton," Serafini told House members.

Shank jokes about reunion with former committee

Members of the House of Delegates' Judiciary Committee clapped Thursday and welcomed back Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington -- a former member of the committee.

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He was there to propose legislation that would help law enforcement track domestic abusers.

"I miss you very much, and maybe I'll be back next session," Shank said to committee members.

Shank, who served on the Judiciary Committee for years, was moved to the Ways and Means Committee this year.

Shank later said he was joking, and said that he and committee members on Ways and Means are still "trying to get used to one another."

"I served as honorably as I could on (Judiciary Committee) for a number of years," Shank said. "And now I'm trying to get adjusted to my new committee as best I can."

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