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February 7, 2003

The Maryland House of Delegates

Annapolis, Maryland 21401 - 1991


Prince Georges County Delegation Meeting


February 07, 2003



The meeting was convened by the Chair, Delegate Carolyn JB Howard.

Present:  Delegates Benson, Brown, Conroy, Davis, Frush, Gaines, Griffith,

Healey, Holmes, Hubbard, Kelley, Menes, Moe, Parker, Patterson, Proctor, Ramirez, Ross, Turner, Vallario, Vaughan, and Howard

Absent:  Delegate Doyle Niemann (family business)

Prayer:  Delegate Darryl A. Kelley

Delegate Howard introduced the guest speaker Michael S. Steele, Lt. Governor for the state of Maryland.  Mr. Steele provided extensive information on how he plans to improve the school system in Prince George’s County.   He would like to partner with the Delegation to meet the needs and address the concerns of the county’s residents.  Mr. Steele also plans to address the issues outlined on the Priority 2003 Prince George’s County Legislative Agenda card; Full Funding For Schools (Thornton Commission) – the money for education is in place.  His commitment is; after four years, Prince George’s county will not be rated second to last in education. (Charter school).  Lt. Governor Steele plans to offer our county’s children the same type of funding/programs weather they attend public or magnet school.   The education component is very important over the next few months; he stated he would lead carefully a chosen team to be pulling together persons from all areas of the county to implement these plans.


Further plans will include a meeting with the Mayor of Washington, DC and talking with neighboring county officials in surrounding areas to see just what is needed to for affordable housing, cultural centers/museum and the environment, as well as communities cohesiveness.  He stated, he is very serious about our committed efforts to our school system and community development.  Mr. Steele, will also look at improving Economic Development in Prince Georges County noting that he will solicit other businesses to move into Prince Georges County and to make Landover Mall a target for early improvements.  The Lt. Governor answered many questions from the Delegation; the Chair thanked the Lt. Governor for attending the Delegation meeting.






Committee Reports






Bill Number

Local Number








Chair: Doyle Niemann

Vice Chair: Darryl A. Kelley


No Report








County Affairs

Chair: Obie Patterson

Vice Chair: Rosetta Parker




PG 407-03


Prince George’s County Education School Construction Quality Assurance Act

 Prince George’s County Delegation

(Delegate Patterson)


Special Order




PG 408-03


Kindergarten Full Time Equivalent Enrollment Funding

Prince George’s County (Delegation Chair o/b/o the Prince George’s County Board of Education)


Special Order




PG 413-03


Sales Tax For School Construction and Operating Costs

Prince George’s County Delegation (Senators Green & Currie)



02 NAY


Law Enforcement & State Boards

Chair: Joanne Benson

Vice Chair: Victor Ramirez







PG 309-03


Prince George’s County Alcoholic Beverages Districts Conformity to Legislative Districting Plan

Prince George’s County Delegation (Senator Pinsky)


20FAV 03Absent


Announcement:  A Public Hearing is scheduled February 11, 2003, 7:30 p. m. at Prince George’s Community College (Rennie Forum) 301 Largo Road, Largo, MD 20774-2199.  All bills not having a hearing will be on the agenda.


The Chair thanked the Delegation for their cooperation in paying for the Website and informed the group that a rebate will be returned because monies collected exceeded the amount needed to establish the site and cannot be rolled over from one year to the next.


The meeting adjourn at 10:30 A. M.


Next meeting date:  February 14, 2003, 9:00 A. M. Public Safety Day,

Guest Speaker:  Thomas McEachin President, Local 1619, Professional Fire Fighters Associations