Thomas V. Mike Miller

'A learning experience': 60 new Maryland lawmakers head to Annapolis, ready to tackle big issues

'A learning experience': 60 new Maryland lawmakers head to Annapolis, ready to tackle big issues

A few years back, at the urging of a colleague, Republican House of Delegates Minority Leader Nic Kipke signed on to co-sponsor a bill named the “Fourth Amendment Protection Act” — without reading the details.

Soon after, Kipke, an Anne Arundel County Republican, was stunned to open a newspaper and learn he was supporting a bill that could cut off water and electricity to the National Security Agency, the intelligence agency at Fort Meade.

“It was quite a surprise, considering half of NSA lives in my district,” Kipke said Wednesday, standing in front of dozens of new state lawmakers gathered in Annapolis. “Be very careful about that.”

The lesson: Don’t commit to anything...

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