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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2011
Each year, the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce holds a breakfast forum for local lawmakers to recap the latest Maryland General Assembly session. This year, Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., as chairman, and other delegation members talked about doing something different — an evening discussion, with no admission charge. Now, state legislators will do both. On May 11, the Chamber will proceed with its traditional breakfast event, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Hager Hall Conference and Event Center on Dual Highway in Hagerstown.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | January 28, 2011
In the third week of a 90-day legislative session, the Washington County delegation is nearly done with its collective work. This year's load has been as light as Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., the delegation chairman, can remember. Usually, Washington County government makes several bill requests. This year, it made just one. And the county's liquor board has asked for three bills to be introduced. In one meeting last week and one this week, the delegation voted to move ahead with the bills and ironed out the details.
NEWS
January 10, 2001
Legislative session opens in Annapolis By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer photos: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer Above : Delegates Joseph R. Bartlett, R-Frederick/Washington, left, and Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, do some research before the session begins. Above : From left, Delegates Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington and John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, meet Wednesday before the opening session of the Maryland General Assembly begins.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | December 13, 2006
State funding for a central booking facility, a law to protect children from predators and the authority to issue civil citations for trade and building violations are on the list of proposals the Washington County Commissioners plan to pursue in Annapolis in the upcoming legislative session. The commissioners discussed the legislative proposals at a meeting Tuesday. Included in the requests are: · That the local delegation continue to support state funding for a central booking facility in the county, which officials have said would speed up the arrest process for local police departments.
NEWS
April 11, 2004
As the 2004 session of the Maryland General Assembly draws to a close, The Herald-Mail sat down with Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, who served as chair of the Washington County Delegation for the first time this year. Q. How did Washington County fare this session? A: When you look at the amount of bills that were introduced and the amount of bills that we passed, our major priorities that we started off with at the beginning of the legislative session and where we ended up, I think we did very well.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 6, 2012
Michael V. Johansen, an Annapolis lobbyist who represents a Washington County coalition, recapped the 2012 Maryland General Assembly session Wednesday, going from zero to 90 days in about an hour. He quipped that his talk at a Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce breakfast actually covered “2012 1/2,” noting the three-day special session last month in addition to the 90-day regular session. Johansen touched on some of the most significant measures that passed, such as the legalization of same-sex marriage, and those that failed, including an attempt to expand gambling in Maryland.
NEWS
April 8, 2008
It's a day when many people in Annapolis speak at least one Latin phrase: Sine Die. In the Maryland General Assembly, the phrase means it's the end of the annual 90-day legislative session. This year's finale was Monday. An English translation, according to Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, is "for an indefinite period," referring, for example, to an adjourned meeting. The phrase usually is pronounced "SIGN-ee DIE" in Annapolis. But Webster's gives it one more syllable: "SIGN-ee DIE-ee.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | October 28, 2004
andrews@herald-mail.com HALFWAY - Health care, education and roads dominated Wednesday morning's Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce forum on the upcoming state legislative session. Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, said the rising cost of medical malpractice insurance is the most important issue in the state now, "bar none. " Shank said economic development is pointless if there are no doctors to care for the community. Some Washington County physicians recently threatened to stop performing nonemergency procedures because of rising insurance premiums.
NEWS
January 15, 1998
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer ANNAPOLIS - Lawmakers kicked off the Maryland General Assembly's annual 90-day session Wednesday with much of the typical first-day air of celebration replaced by a restrained mood and some partisan fighting "It's a little more subdued than it usually would be because of the (Sen.) Larry Young thing," said Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington. Despite an ambitious election-year agenda that likely will include debates over tax cuts, Pfiesteria, school funding and health care, the Young saga was the focus for much of the day, highlighted by a protest by hundreds of his supporters in front of the State House.
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OPINION
By LeROY MYERS | April 17, 2013
This legislative session in Annapolis has been the worst for Marylanders in recent memory, certainly the worst of my 11 sessions. We have been pushed far to the left by Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is more concerned with winning the 2016 Democratic primary and scoring political points than governing our state. The biggest issue was the gun control legislation (SB281), which is one on the most hostile bills in the nation toward gun owners. This is a violation of our liberty and places an extreme burden on citizen's guaranteed rights.
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OPINION
April 13, 2013
As legislative sessions go, 2013 isn't likely to be considered a banner year in many Western Maryland circles. From gun control to an increase in gasoline taxes, the priorities of Annapolis are clearly different from those of the rural counties. Still, we believe the session was a decent one from the perspective of our local lawmakers, who performed about as well as could be expected in hostile territory. Time and again, we've learned that even when every rural county in the state is on the same page, it's not enough to outvote the urban and suburban delegations.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | April 8, 2013
Berkeley County's junior state senator is on the mend after he underwent surgery Monday morning at a Charleston, W.Va., hospital to address a recurring bout with erratic blood pressure. “I'm just grateful to be eating again,” Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, said in a telephone interview from his room at Charleston Area Medical Center Monday afternoon. Blair said the surgery involved the placement of a stint to address an 80 percent renal artery blockage in his kidneys. “It was quite a challenge just to find (the blockage)
EDUCATION
March 17, 2013
On Feb. 6, the 11th- and 12th-grade government students from Grace Academy made a visit to the Maryland state capital in Annapolis. The students sat in the gallery of the delegate chamber during the legislative session, toured the governor's mansion, toured the state Capitol building, and met with Del. LeRoy Myers and Del. Andrew Serafini. They also toured the U.S. Naval Academy.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | January 27, 2013
Ah, what a blast from the past: Capital punishment, gun bans, container taxes - legislation that hadn't been seriously heard from in Annapolis for 20 years. Verily, those were issues before the General Assembly when I was covering the lawmaking fun back in the early '90s. So why and how has the liberal-issue band gotten back together after all these years? Part of it almost has an administrative flavor - unfinished liberal business that's been overlooked like an unwashed sock all these many years.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | Kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | January 15, 2013
Surrounded by a phalanx of legislators and death penalty opponents, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Tuesday that his office will make a firm push to repeal the death penalty in the state this legislative session. “The death penalty is expensive and it does not work. And for that reason alone, I believe we should stop doing it,” O'Malley said at a press conference at the Senate Office Building where he was joined by Benjamin Jealous, the president and the CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | Kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | January 9, 2013
The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce will focus on six core areas that affect the local business community as part of its agenda for the 2013 Maryland General Assembly session. The six areas are: over-regulation, job growth, a competitive tax structure, affordable health insurance, transportation funding and infrastructure investment, and workforce development and education. The chamber unveiled the agenda this week, to time with the opening of the 2013 legislative session in Maryland.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | November 20, 2012
Several financial issues were among the list of legislative priorities the Washington County Board of Education set Tuesday night with a unanimous vote. Some issues the board took a position on, while others it just wanted to be monitored during the upcoming legislative session, which begins Jan. 9, 2013, in Annapolis. The school board is set to meet publicly with the county's state legislative delegation on Dec. 11 to discuss legislative issues, said Anthony Trotta, the school board's chief legal counsel.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 6, 2012
Michael V. Johansen, an Annapolis lobbyist who represents a Washington County coalition, recapped the 2012 Maryland General Assembly session Wednesday, going from zero to 90 days in about an hour. He quipped that his talk at a Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce breakfast actually covered “2012 1/2,” noting the three-day special session last month in addition to the 90-day regular session. Johansen touched on some of the most significant measures that passed, such as the legalization of same-sex marriage, and those that failed, including an attempt to expand gambling in Maryland.
OPINION
April 27, 2012
Legislators' ineffectiveness will harm students To the editor: While I am encouraged that Maryland's legislative leaders have finally begun to talk about resolving their differences, I want to urge our elected officials to get on with it and finish the business of the 2012 General Assembly session, because failure to do so puts at risk much of the progress made and opportunities provided to this region by the presence of...
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