First off the block
Candidates intending to run for the 2014 elections have been able to file since April 9.
That’s Charles P. Strong Jr., Washington County state’s attorney, who has filed to run for the position again.
Strong, a Republican, was appointed to the post in 2004, and won elections for the position in 2006 and 2010, according to reports in The Herald-Mail.
Potential candidates have some time to decide whether they want to run.
According to the Maryland State Board of Elections, candidates have until Feb. 25, 2014, to file.
U.S. Rep John K. Delaney, D-Md., introduced a bill last week called The Partnership to Build America Act, designed to upgrade the country’s infrastructure with no extra burden to taxpayers, according to a news release from his office.
Delaney, who represents the 6th Congressional District, which includes Washington County, has bipartisan support, with 13 Republican and 13 Democratic lawmakers listed as co-sponsors of the bill, his office said.
The bill aims to create a “$50 billion dollar infrastructure fund that can be leveraged to $750 billion.” The fund will be financed by the sale of 50-year bonds that are not guaranteed by the federal government and have an interest rate of 1 percent, according to the release.
American corporations will be given an incentive to purchase the bonds by allowing them to repatriate a certain portion of their foreign earnings tax-free if they invest in the bonds, the release said.
Legislative committee to discuss Baltimore jail scandal
State lawmakers who are members of the Legislative Policy Committee — which includes lawmakers from the House and the Senate — will discuss problems at the Baltimore County Detention Center, where 13 correctional officers were among 25 people indicted last month on federal charges of smuggling contraband, at a June 6 hearing.
The Washington Post reported that the Annapolis meeting originally was scheduled for mid-June but was moved up.
No members of the Washington County delegation are part of the policy committee, but the hearing might be of interest locally because there are three state prisons south of Hagerstown.
Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a statement that his office is reviewing policies to enable the state to crack down on corrupt correctional officers.
— Kaustuv Basu