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Annapolis Notes

March 08, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Myers' son in town to testify

Del. LeRoy E. Myers' son was in Annapolis last week to testify in favor of a bill that would clarify the rights of students to express their religious beliefs in school.

Myers' son, Scott Myers, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, on which his father serves.

Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, sponsored the bill that Scott Myers supported, but asked that LeRoy Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, introduce him.

"His mother carried him for 9 months. I carried him for 21 years and he's carried me for the last seven as the (lead man) in my company," LeRoy Myers said.

During his testimony, Scott Myers said religious freedom must be allowed.

"It's very important to our future," he said.

'Andy Taylor bill' amended

A bill giving Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore the power to deputize citizens has been changed after Mullendore told The Herald-Mail that he never asked for that power.

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Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany, said Wednesday that Mullendore wanted Washington County's delegation to Annapolis to amend the bill, which Myers referred to as the "Andy Taylor bill."

Some lawmakers said they never should have had to amend the bill because Mullendore should have communicated better with the delegation.

"To read the concerns of the sheriff of Washington County on the front page of The Herald-Mail instead of from him ... from a process point, I think that stinks," said Del. Richard B. Weldon, who is unaffiliated and represents parts of Frederick and Washington counties.

Myers said he only spoke with Mullendore about the issue after being contacted by The Herald-Mail.

Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, said there was a communication problem.

"It's my understanding that the county attorney's office had access to this information, and unfortunately the delegation was somehow unfairly by the sheriff of Washington County made to look like this was our fault that this didn't occur correctly," Shank said.

Myers said that if Mullendore had a problem with the bill, he should have called Myers, not the county attorney.

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