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Delegate, senator are 'politically backtracking' on Transource bill [Letter]

Editor:

On Feb. 5, I read an article in the Aegis entitled "Legislators introduce bills addressing Harford power line project controversy."

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Although I appreciate being informed about what Del. Kathy Szeliga and State Sen. J.B. Jennings are trying to do with the Transource situation, I wish the paper would have provided some background information on the project leading to the current controversy. For example, the article could have pointed out that Del. Kathy Szeliga and State Sen. J.B. Jennings are the two principle reasons the controversy exists. They both voted for SB0969, Electricity - Construction of Overhead Transmission Lines - Condemnation Authority, during the 2017 legislative session.

In other words, both Del. Kathy Szeliga and State Sen. J.B. Jennings already voted to give eminent domain authority to private, for-profit utility companies. Considering this fact, I don't see how they can act like some sort of saviors for the county and land owners. Family farmers and property owners don't owe them appreciation or even a thank you. They are politically back-tracking and trying to clean up the mess they have made in voting for this bill. That is far from heroism.

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Additionally, none of the four bills both Del. Szeliga and State Sen. Jennings are trying to promote actually repeal the giving of eminent domain powers to private companies. I'd like to see real legislation and leadership that actually tries to correct this problem instead of executing political gamesmanship.

John G. Spillman

Edgewood

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