Special session cost set at about $360,000
A preliminary estimate of the costs of last month's special session put the tally at about $360,000, although that figure could go up to as much as $462,000 when all the receipts from lawmakers come in, according to Karl Aro, executive director of the Maryland Department of Legislative Services.
The average cost per day is expected to be between $17,000 and $22,000, which falls below previous estimates of $24,000 to $25,000 per day.
Of the total so far, $173,000 went to costs for lodging, meals and mileage; $141,000 to additional payroll expenses; and the remaining amount for postage, copy and print supplies and excess operating expenses, Aro said.
The session will be paid for with money budgeted in the past for contingencies, Aro said.
Senate Minority Leader David R. Brinkley, a Carroll and Frederick County Republican who opposed the special session, said any expenditure was too much.
"I don't feel that the product that they got in exchange for the money that was invested in that was worthy," he said.
Eight apply for delegate seat Eight people have applied for the soon-to-be vacant Harford County seat in the House of Delegates.
The District 35A seat will come open when Republican Del. Barry Glassman moves to the state Senate next month. Glassman recently was selected to replace Sen. J. Robert Hooper, 71, who served for almost nine years but announced that he is resigning Dec. 31 because of health reasons.
The applicants to fill Glassman's seat are Jason Gallion of Churchville, Roger Lambie Sr. of Bel Air, Marc McFaul of Forest Hill, Tom Mottley of Forest Hill, Wayne Norman of Bel Air, Teresa Reilly of Whiteford, John Rigdon of Jarrettsville and Joseph Swilka of Fallston.
None of the applicants has held public office. Gallion ran for County Council last year, and Reilly and Norman are members of the county's Republican Central Committee.
The committee is scheduled to interview the applicants at 9 a.m. Saturday in an executive session at the County Council Chambers in Bel Air and plans to announce its selection later that day.
O'Malley aide joins lobbyist
Josh White, who went from being Gov. Martin O'Malley's campaign manager to his chief liaison to local governments, will leave the administration to join one of Annapolis' most prominent lobbying firms.
White will become a lobbyist for Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan & Silver. State ethics laws will prohibit him from lobbying on any matters with which he was involved as a member of the O'Malley administration.
"Josh has done a great job for the administration," O'Malley said in a statement. "His assistance and advice were invaluable during the campaign and after we took office during this first year."