Assembly Digest


Man to start gathering messages to send to troops

H. George Jackson Jr., an Eastern Shore man who gathers holiday greetings on scrolls to send to U.S. troops around the world, is beginning his 2003 effort today in Annapolis.

Jackson, who usually collects signatures, notes and drawings on the scrolls at shopping centers and community fairs, was rebuffed last week by the State House Trust when he sought permission to set up a table inside the State House.

In a compromise offered by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jackson has been invited to set up a signing table in the rotunda of the Miller Senate Office Building.

Ex-D.C. police commander named to fill House seat

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. appointed a former commander of the Washington Police Department's homicide unit to the House of Delegates yesterday, replacing a former state police captain who is leaving to join the Ehrlich Cabinet.

William Louis Hennessy, who retired as a captain in 1998 after 25 years with the Washington force, will take the Charles County seat being vacated by Thomas E. Hutchins, who has been named secretary of veterans affairs.

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