Senator expects special General Assembly session in mid-May

Northern Harford County's state senator expects there to be a special session of the Maryland General Assembly in mid-May to adopt a budget and address other issues.

Sen. Barry Glassman, the main speaker at the Jarrettsville Community Council meeting Wednesday night at the Norrisville library, provided an update on the recently ended legislative session.

In his presentation, Glassman focused on the "doomsday" budget the state passed on the last night of the Maryland General Assembly and said he expects there to be a special session on May 14. He also mentioned the bill to shift teacher pensions, at least 60 percent, from the state level to the county level, adding that it would probably happen in the future.

Harford County Councilman Chad Shrodes also attended the meeting and briefly spoke about an initiative to reinstate the wetlands at North Harford High School. Since construction of the new school began, Shrodes said, the wetlands had been cut off and were no longer filtering the school water that entered a Broad Creek tributary on the property.

The students wanted to wetlands to be turned on for Earth Day, but were unable to do so despite the fact that they have received a permit, Shrodes said.

The next step, he added, is to get Maryland Department of Environment representatives together with school administration to get the two groups to work out any misinterpretation.

Shrodes also mentioned that Friends School, which is in the Highlands building in Street, would be moving to a new location and they were trying to find another agency or building to move to the Highlands building.

The next meeting is May 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jarrettsville library.


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