"I think some people are paying too much. I think our taxes are too high and they are not fair," he said.

Other bills would extend the hunting season for several additional days past Jan. 31 and deal with food safety issues.

One of the food bills would allow at least some consumption of raw milk, Glass said.

"If you own a goat or cow, or have a partial share in a goat or cow, this says you can legally consume the milk," he said, adding the bill is better than nothing. "It's something. I want people to drink the raw milk if you want to do that."


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A bill addressing GMO, or genetically-modified food, would require businesses such as supermarkets to label food that uses GMOs.

Glass said farmers' markets or produce stands would be exempt.

"I am doing it because I think food that has GMOs is not healthy for Harford County citizens," he said. "I am very concerned with what we eat."

Glassman, the senator, mentioned a couple items more specific to Harford.

He said he hopes to continue pushing for construction funding for Youth's Benefit Elementary, having been to a few meetings with the Interagency Committee.

He is proposing a bill to let the liquor control board hold a fund balance to use for items such as purchasing car equipment.

"We haven't given them an increase in over eight years," he said, explaining the bill would allow them to build up a reserve balance.

Another bill would create a license for conference center or convention center, effectively a large venue license.

Glassman said the bill is not aimed at the possibility of a county-paid conference center, which the administration has proposed in recent years, but is just to help out private centers like a new conference facility being built at Water's Edge in Belcamp.

The Palmer State Park, near Route 1 in the Dublin area, could get seed money to build a trail network or canoe launch, Glassman said.

He is pushing for $50,000 to $100,000 to begin funding that project.

"It's a fairly small state park but it's been really underutilized," he said.

One agriculture bill would require the state to compensate a farmer for agricultural land that is permanently taken out of production because of TMDL (total maximum daily load) or stormwater management and nutrient management requirements.

He said that follows a similar federal proposal.

The uncertain state budget means things could change, Glassman noted.

"We are kind of still watching this thing," he said about Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget. "There is going to be an increase in school construction funding. We have been pushing the board to make sure we have one major construction project that is ready."

He said the fiscal situation explains why he is focused on smaller items like the Palmer State Park funding.

"The budget is still in a deficit but some of these projects are pretty small," he said.

Glassman said he is also watching a new concept of a block grant that would include having the state guarantee some amount of funding per year.