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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

POST: Lawmaker: No Council Vote, No D.C. United Bill

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Maryland Moment
The chairman of the key committee considering the D.C. United stadium study bill said today that the Prince George's County Council's failure to take a final position on the item yesterday "jeopardizes the fate of the bill for this session."
Chairman of House Appropriations Norman H. Conway (D-Wicomico) noted that Council Chairwoman Marilynn Bland had indicated to him over the weekend that the council would take up issue. A majority of the council voted preliminarily last week to oppose the bill but Bland had told Conway she was hopeful the council would change its position.
But Bland recessed a meeting yesterday without holding the vote (read more in Ovetta Wiggins' item below.) Without that vote, Conway said he will not move forward with the bill. Though the bill got initial support from his committee on Monday, its staff had discovered an amendment to the bill made it unconstitutional so the committee must vote anew before it can proceed.
"We do not have a letter from the County Council," Conway said. "At this point, the bill will not go anywhere."
Bill sponsor Del. Melony G. Griffith (D-Prince George's) said she still hopes the council will take up the issue in coming days. She said she hopes citizens will convince the council they want to let the state fund a study to see if the stadium could bring economic development to the county.
"They say in the legislature, a day is like 1,000 years and 1,000 years is like a day," she said. "If that letter comes on the final day of the session, I will works as hard as I can to make sure Prince George's gets this information."

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