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Annapolis Notes

March 15, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Washington or Worshington?

The pronunciation of Washington County became a joke during a committee hearing Thursday in the state's House of Delegates.

While presenting several local bills for consideration, Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany, was asked by Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, whether the county name is pronounced "Washington" or "Worshington."

Myers originally thought he pronounced the word wrong.

However, Serafini was referring to an apparent mispronunciation by Del. Barbara A. Frush, D-Anne Arundel/Prince George's, a member of the Environmental Matters Committee hearing Myers' bills Thursday.

Shank withdraws bill

Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, has withdrawn a bill that would have created a Bill of Rights for Correctional Officers at the request of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

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The union wrote to Shank and said they wanted to further discuss the issue before moving forward with legislation.

Shank said the group's lobbyist has said they are going to try to work out their issues with the department through collective bargaining.

Dog-killing bill heard

A bill was heard in the Maryland General Assembly Thursday that would make it illegal to for someone to shoot a dog in pursuit of a deer.

"They use that for their excuse when they shoot the neighbor's dog," said Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany.

The bill was sponsored by the Washington County delegation to Annapolis.

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