Tom Carbo, executive director of the Howard County Housing Commission, said the process of transferring MIHU is neither typical nor regular, but it is authorized under the MIHU statute as an alternative compliance.

The transfer was approved at a public meeting by the county's Housing and Community Development Board, Carbo said.

Delegation committee assignments

A pair of Howard County delegates received new assignments in the House of Delegates leadership last week.

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Columbia Democrat Del. Guy Guzzone, co-chair of the Howard County Delegation, was named chair of the Public Safety and Administration subcommittee within the Appropriations Committee. Guzzone's subcommittee will be responsible for addressing a portion of Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun control package, including how to fund school safety proposals.

Del. Frank Turner, a Columbia Democrat, was named vice chairman of the Ways and Means Committee handling taxation.

Turner previously chaired the Financial Resources subcommittee, which handles gambling.

And finally

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