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Annapolis Notes

March 29, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Budget cuts hurt

Budget cuts aren't the only cuts happening in Annapolis.

C. David Warner III, executive director of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, suffered a paper cut during a Senate committee hearing last week.

Before hearings on the state budget begin, documents are dropped on a table and there are never enough to go around. The battle between lobbyists, journalists and those who are interested in budget decisions outlined in the documents can get vicious.

Warner had a document in his hands last week when someone pulled the papers out of his hand so fast that his thumb was sliced in the process.

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Warner said he hoped the cut to his thumb is the worst he will suffer this year.

Class 'W' will come back next year

Washington County wine lovers hoping that a new Class "W" license would lead to more wineries opening locally will have to wait.

A bill sponsored by the Washington County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly would have created a Class "W" license, allowing the sampling and selling of winery wines at the winery for on- or off-premise consumption, the business to hold events and for the winery to operate seven days a week, among other things.

Washington County's bill, along with legislation sponsored by other counties to create similar licenses, have died this year. However, lawmakers say the plan is to create one standard Class "W" license for all counties and introduce a similar bill again next year.

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