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There's A Rule For That

Del. Eric Bromwell uses a procedure to get a few minutes on the House floor to chastise County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Let's say you're a state legislator angry with your county executive for killing a bill you cared about and you want to call him out for it.

Well, like everything else in the Maryland General Assembly, there's a rule for that.

Ok, not technically but Del. Eric Bromwell, a Perry Hall Democrat, found a way Saturday to spotlight actions taken by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in killing a bill that would have allowed volunteers to work at the county animal shelter.

Bromwell attempted to introduce a bill Saturday afternoon that he said was "eerily similar to a bill that passed the Baltimore County delegation." (Bromwell's comments begin at the 3:09:14 mark.)

House Speaker Michael Busch asked Bromwell to explain why he was introducing the bill so late in the session and the delegate used his time to criticize Kamenetz's actions (though not by name).

"The Baltimore County administration later came into the standing committee and claimed it was going to cost $750,000—which it does not—and was able to defeat the bill in the standing committee," said Bromwell.

"I'd like to point out that if the administration, ours or any other, comes down here and does that, it might not be the best idea," said Bromwell, who then pointed out some drafting errors in the bill and asked the House to oppose it's formal introduction.

Bromwell's late-day parliamentary legerdemain amused his colleagues, who could be heard laughing in the chamber. They then killed the bill and Bromwell had made his point.

Bromwell's comments came on the same day that members of the county's delegation to the House and Senate began Kamenetz favors because the county executive is .

Monday morning, Sen. Bobby Zirkin asked for a delay on a school consolidation bill that Kamenetz wants. The House delayed a vote on the same bill Saturday at the request of Del. Wade Kach.

Legislators from the county in both houses say they plan more such delays until the school board bill is voted out of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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Terry April 10, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Nice comment Buzz!
Wildcat68 April 10, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Someone. Please run against Kevin Kamenetz. He is disrespectful to the voters, to our elected legislators, and to anyone who disagrees with him. I hear the county council is fed up with him as well. Bring back Joe Bartenfelder. Or Jim Brochin. Or anyone!
James April 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I agree, Karmenetz , Gardina, Marks...all of them seem to NOT be working for us...the voter, the people that put them into office. What they do listen to is Developers and which way the money flows. It's all about MONEY. Karmenetz and Gardina both are double dipping with their retirement (sometime in the future) and Marks turns his head when the word Zoning inters the picture.
johnny towson April 11, 2012 at 03:58 PM
James or Ann according to your other posts, you have lumped three people together in an attempt to apply a common label that doesn't fit. All three have different motivations. Marks has not had the opportunity to make zoning decisions yet and has been proactively listening to all concerns relating to all issues, both pro and con. We should reserve judgement until he makes his. To date, nothing he has done has been without community involvement, input or interest. This separates him from most political company.
Bart April 11, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Johnny, you are right. Marks doesn't deserve to be included with those two. He has downzoned countless acres of property for the good of, and at the request of his constituents. He is my councilman, and is constantly in touch with the communities to ask about their wishes. James doesn't know what he's talking about.

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