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May 2, 2011
Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, is holding a public forum May 23 to talk about new changes to the state retirement and pension system. Two representatives of the State Retirement Agency are scheduled to join Serafini: Executive Director R. Dean Kenderdine and J. Howard Pleines, the director of legislation and research. The forum will be at South Hagerstown High School from 7 to 9 p.m., according to Rebecca Fishack, Serafini’s assistant. Serafini said he called the meeting because there wouldn’t be enough time to talk in-depth about the topic at post-legislative wrap-up forums May 11. The meeting is free to the public, members of which will have a chance to ask questions.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | January 18, 2011
Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, is trying to keep his legislative colleagues informed about the state's pension system shortfall. Serafini has made the pension gap one of his top issues since he became a delegate in 2008. As of June 2010, the state's pension system was funded at about 64 percent — well below 80 percent, which is considered a safe level, according to a report prepared by a commission studying the issue. On Tuesday, Serafini gave an informal presentation on the state pension system to a group of delegates in Annapolis.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | March 15, 2011
Washington County Republican Del. Andrew A. Serafini Tuesday presented several bills that would revamp the state's underfunded pension system. Maryland's leaders are wrestling with how to handle $19 billion in unfunded pension liabilities and another $16 billion in unfunded liabilities for retiree health care. Earlier this legislative session, at the request of the House Republican Caucus, Serafini led a work group that explored the problem and possible solutions and heard suggestions from various labor and government organizations.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 15, 2010
Del. Andrew A. Serafini soundly defeated two Republican opponents Tuesday in his quest to win a full term in the Maryland House of Delegates. With all 16 precincts in Subdistrict 2A reporting, plus early-voting results, Serafini had 2,569 votes. Denny Stouffer had 1,178 votes and William J. Wivell, a Washington County commissioner, had 1,052 votes. Serafini now will face Neil Becker, who was not opposed in the Democratic primary. The general election is Nov. 2. Serafini said the major issue in the race was the challenge the state faces as it struggles with its financial health.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | April 6, 2011
After nearly five legislative sessions as the Washington County delegation's chairman, Del. LeRoy E. Myers is handing control over to Del. Andrew A. Serafini. On Wednesday, the delegation picked Serafini as the next chairman and Del. Neil C. Parrott as the next vice chairman. Myers said it's time to let someone else be in charge. "I think I've tried to do my best," he said during a brief delegation meeting Wednesday morning. While he was a delegate, Christopher B. Shank, now a senator, was the delegation chairman through 2006.
OPINION
August 15, 2010
When Del. Andrew A. Serafini tells the truth, his colleagues, including many of his fellow Republicans, head for the hills. The message - that the state could be brought to its knees by its gelatinous beer belly of a pension system - is considered toxic, especially in an election year. But Serafini is less concerned with his political career than he is with the $1 trillion question: Why should public pensions be sacred when just about every private pension in America has been scaled back or eliminated altogether?
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | April 3, 2009
ANNAPOLIS -- Del. Andrew A. Serafini warned fellow lawmakers Friday about the dangers of borrowing money to pay for the state's capital budget. Serafini, R-Washington, said $1.1 billion of the $1.7 billion state capital budget approved Friday by the House of Delegates is paid for with borrowed money, which will result in even larger sums of debt over the long term from interest payments. Maryland currently has about $5.4 billion in state debt, which results in $692 million annually in principal and interest.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | May 29, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A Maryland delegate and investment adviser discussed the state of the economy during a luncheon Friday at the Associated Builders and Contractors office on North Locust Street in Hagerstown. About 15 people attended the event. Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, said although the national unemployment rate is approaching 10 percent, it is nowhere near the 25 percent unemployment rate the country suffered during the Great Depression of the 1930s. "I don't want to dismiss that and say (the unemployment rate)
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | March 26, 2009
Md. House OKs death penalty restrictions; bill goes to O'Malley ANNAPOLIS -- Del. Andrew A. Serafini offered an amendment to the death penalty bill Thursday that would have allowed those who kill correctional officers to be sentenced to death. The amendment was defeated 75-61, but received the most support of any of the amendments offered Thursday. All five delegates representing Washington County supported the measure. Serafini, R-Washington, said he offered the amendment because without it, there is little to deter an inmate serving a life sentence to continue killing while in prison.
NEWS
October 17, 2008
Maryland Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, has planned two town meetings to hear from constituents. Serafini represents Subdistrict 2A, which includes the towns of Smithsburg and Williamsport. The first meeting will be at the Community Building in Byron Memorial Park in Williamsport on Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. The second will be at the Smithsburg fire hall on Nov. 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. Local residents are encouraged to share their concerns or views with Serafini before the 2009 Maryland General Assembly begins in January.
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BY KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | September 9, 2013
Three Republican lawmakers who represent Washington County announced Monday in Hagerstown that they had filed for re-election and would run a joint campaign for the 2014 elections. Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, state Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, and Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, announced their plans at an afternoon news conference attended by several Washington County commissioners and Del. LeRoy E. Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, who announced in May that he will not be running for re-election.
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NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | July 31, 2013
Top officials from Maryland Occupational Safety and Health were in Hagerstown Wednesday to meet with representatives of local construction companies and related businesses. Some who attended the meeting at the Barr Construction Institute at Associated Builders and Contractors said the meeting gave them a chance to learn about the agency, which sets and enforces standards for workplace safety and health in Maryland. “I now see the faces and names of people I should know and who to go to if I have an issue or concern,” said Jocelyne Melton, chief executive officer of the Baxter Group, a company that provides indoor environmental services including testing and removal of hazardous materials.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | July 4, 2013
Many Washington County lawmakers have earned high marks in a business advocacy group's annual scorecard that grades state legislators on the basis of how they voted on certain key measures related to the economic environment during the 2013 session of the Maryland General Assembly. The Maryland Business for Responsive Government, a nonpartisan group, this week released its scorecard, which is based on 10 Senate votes and 12 House votes, including an effort to raise the minimum wage in the state and another bill related to offshore wind energy.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | May 29, 2013
Washington County's legislative delegation in Annapolis will shrink from eight to six after the 2014 elections to reflect redrawn legislative districts based on the 2010 census. Although the changes have been in the works for some time, the Washington County Board of Elections this month sent out about 52,000 mailers to county voters whose polling place, precinct and/or district has changed. “Anytime we do a change ... that affects a voter's election district or how they are represented, we are required to send out notification,” said Kaye E. Robucci, election director of the Washington County Board of Elections.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | May 15, 2013
Del. LeRoy E. Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2014, ending a run as a state legislator that began with an upset victory in 2002 over longtime House Speaker Casper R. Taylor, a Western Maryland Democratic heavyweight. Myers, who is 61, is getting ready for a second act in politics. “You can expect an announcement in September,” Myers said, adding that he was looking at several options.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | May 5, 2013
Washington County lawmakers are hosting a public forum Thursday evening to discuss the 2013 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly and answer queries from residents. The post-legislative forum, which is being held at Hagerstown Community College, gives constituents a chance to question county lawmakers. “This is our chance to have an open and transparent government so that citizens of the county who have questions can ask them,” said Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, chairman of the Washington County delegation.
OPINION
By ANDREW A. SERAFINI | May 5, 2013
In an effort to provide open and transparent government, the Washington County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly will be hosting a post-legislative public forum on Thursday, May 9, 2013. The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in Room 212 of the Career Programs Building on the campus of Hagerstown Community College. The delegation members will give a brief overview of the 2013 legislative session and afterwards, audience members will be able to ask questions. The event is free and open to the public.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | April 21, 2013
Washington County's state legislators said that the 2013 session of the Maryland General Assembly was a productive one for the county, with many delegation bills being approved. The county also got a $1.55 million share of a wealth-based grant called the disparity grant for fiscal year 2014. Getting the grant money was one of the top priorities for the delegation during the session, which ended earlier this month. The disparity grant money comes to the county through the budget process, with delegation members trying various strategies to ensure money for the county.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | April 13, 2013
Minutes after the Maryland General Assembly adjourned for the final time in 2013 last week, two Washington County delegates headed out the door, even as many of their colleagues readied for the late-night parties in Annapolis that typically follow the end of the session. Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, and Del. LeRoy E. Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, said they were eager to get back home, and also keen to get away from the State House. A few days later, Myers seemed more upbeat as he tended to business at Myers Building Systems, a Clear Spring-based general contracting firm that he owns.
NEWS
By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | April 12, 2013
When it comes to figuring out who should get credit for bringing Washington County a share of a wealth-based grant called the disparity grant, it depends on whom you ask. House Speaker Michael E. Busch, D-Anne Arundel, credits John Donoghue, D-Washington, with bringing home disparity funding for Washington County. But Republican members of the county delegation, and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, D-Calvert/Prince George's, credits a wider circle of people, including local legislators such as Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington.
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