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January 17, 2003

Unofficial Minutes


Prince Georges’ County House Delegation            Delegate Carolyn J. B. Howard, Chair

Friday, January 17, 2003                                      Delegate James Proctor, Jr., Vice Chair

9:00a. m.                                              Delegate Marvin Holmes, Jr. Second Vice-Chair


Attendance: Delegates Benson, Brown, Conroy, Frush, Gaines, Niemann, Griffith, Healy Hill, Holmes, Hubbard, Kelly, Menes, Moe, Proctor, Ross, Turner, Vallario, Parker, Howard


New Members: Delegates Gaines,  Niemann, Parker, Ramirez, Ross, Vaughan,


Absent:  Delegates Davis and Patterson


Call To Order:  The meeting convened at 9:00a.m.


Chairperson Delegate Howard opened the meeting with greetings to the assembly  and prayer was given  by Delegate Griffith.  The Chair thanked everyone for attending the first meeting of the Prince George's County Delegation.  She introduced  the Delegates and  her staff:  Assistant to the Chair Vernell Lawson and Senior Intern, Gloria Walker.  She also thanked everyone for their participation and cooperation over the past years and  looking forward to a great working relationship during the 2003/Session.    She apologized that the guest speaker,  Lt. Governor Steele, was unable to attend due to  the budget  review with the Governor Ehrlich.  The Chair introduced the Committees and asked them to provide remark.  The following committees were respresented:


Bi -County Committee:  Delegates Doyle Niemann, Chair and Darryl Kelly, Vice-Chair.  Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 8:30 a. m.



County Affairs Committee:  Delegate Obie Patterson, Chair and Rosetta Parker,

Vice-Chair.  In Delegate Patterson, Delegate Howard gave an overview of the committee and state that Delegate Patterson will be working with School Board and Delegate Hubbard will be his alternate.  The meetings will be held Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.  The County Affairs meeting will be held on Wednesday, at 8:30 a.m. 



Law Enforcement  & State Appointed Board: Delegate Delegate Joanne C. Benson, Chair,  and Victor Ramirez , Vice- Chair. We have nine bills and looking forward to working with such a  Talent and gifted team.  The meetings have been  scheduled and information may be may be picked up from Room 204.  Meetings are held Thursday 8:30 a.m.  


Delegate Benson stated that Hilda Pemertom had move to NC and is ill, and would like that the delegates would respond to the service she has given by sending a card. She also gave compliments to Delegate Menes and said her shoulders are ones she has stood on along with many others.  Delegate Howard thanked her for her personal comment and praises.  She stated that more honor should be given to our colleagues.


Delegate Howard     

Passed out handouts and asked that all delegates follow the Prince George’s County Delegation  Rules,  other handout passed-out were:  Committee Assignments – 2003, Personal Information Form, and Delegate Brown asked could this information be compiled and shared. The Chair stated yes, as long as it’s confidential.  Resverervation Request Forms were passed out and must use to reserve the the conference room at all times your reservation must be in five days before event takes place.  Order forms were passed out and asked each Delegate to complete the ordering form and  always use the item number.  All items in the book section one(01), I will sign, all other items in section two(02) and three(03) must be taken from your account.  Delegate Niemann asked in the event of a  Lap–top problem who is responsible for payment?  The Chair stated it is the responsibility of the individual. 


The Chair informed the group that a coffee pot was needed, it was suggested that 25.00 would be placed into a fund to purchase this item through Harry Brown at the cost of $290.00.  Delegate Griffith was asked to write a proposal to include payment as well as gifts, flowers, etc. as needed. She was asked to develop guidelines to govern the funds.


Delegate Niemann corrected the spelling of this name.


Delegate Marvin Holmes will serve as our Technical Coordinator and if the agenda minutes and bill can be place on a disk and given to him we will be able to receive weekly updates from the website.   He will down load and you will be able to look at the information from home.


January 20, 2003, a training session will be held on  in the Chair’s officeat 3p. m. 

Monday after sessions a debriefing will take place in the Chair’s office 8:30pm. Rm 201.


Delegate Proctor was asked to give remarks:  He talked about protocol and asked that questions from the floor be directed to the Chair and not come from individuals,  This procedure should e followed and he asked that the Delegation would stand together as a Team in order that we can accomplish our 2003 goals..  He also mentioned how important it is keep sub-committees informed of current information. 


Next meeting date:   January 24, 2003, 9:00 a.m. 

Delegate Howard asked that all Delegates  be prompt.  The meeting will start on time!


Meeting was adjourned at 10:35 a. m.


Respectfully submitted,


 Vernell Lawson