Effort underway to honor late senator from Prince George's

The late state Sen. Gwendolyn Britt was a champion for civil rights, fighting on behalf of equal rights for all citizens, according to members of Equality Maryland Foundation, a nonprofit now championing to honor Britt’s legacy. The Baltimore-based group is working with Britt’s husband, Travis Britt, for the Senator Gwendolyn Britt Portrait Project, which they hope will lead to a portrait of Britt being featured in the Maryland Senate. (Gazette)

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Washington County Delegation To Meet With Officials To Form Legislative Priorities

State lawmakers will be in Hagerstown to meet with local officials Tuesday in advance of the 2014 General Assembly session in Annapolis. Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, chairman of the Washington County delegation, said the meetings at Hagerstown Community College will be open to the public, followed by a public forum Tuesday night where citizens can offer input. The state’s budget remains a major question mark for local jurisdictions, which feel the “trickle down” effect as a result, Washington County Commissioner Ruth Anne Callaham said. (Herald-Mail)

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New Windsor Looking For New Council Member After Resignation

The New Windsor Town Council is looking for a new member as one if its longtime officials will resign at the end of January. Steve Farkas announced his resignation at a town council meeting Nov. 6. He cited an increased workload at his job as district manager of United Technologies Corp. as the main reason for leaving the council, which he has served on since January 2001. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Bel Air Town Administrator Chris Schlehr to retire

Longtime Bel Air Town Administrator Chris Schlehr is planning to retire. During a town commissioner work session, Michael Krantz, director of administration, announced Schlehr's last town meeting will be Dec. 16. Schlehr, who was at the work session, declined to discuss his retirement further. (Aegis)

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Edward J. McNeal Sr., credit executive who served in General Assembly, dies at 86

Edward Joseph "Ned" McNeal Sr., who served in the General Assembly and who later headed the Credit Bureau of Baltimore, died at Sinai Hospital on Wednesday after suffering a fall at his home. The Timonium resident was 86. (Balt. Sun)

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Nov. 27 // No Timetable Set To Eliminate Glitches In Health Exchange

Maryland Health Secretary Joshua Sharfstein told state lawmakers on Tuesday that he could not say when the state's troubled health exchange website would be free of technical glitches. Sharfstein told the Senate Finance Committee that state workers hope to get the public marketplace for insurance plans problem-free "as soon as possible," but that the pace of enrollments is still sluggish and "I wouldn't say I'm happy." Nearly two months after the exchange went live, enrollment in the private insurance plans at the heart of the Affordable Care Act remains far behind expectations. (Balt. Sun)

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Gansler Pickets Safeway On Behalf Of Union

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler joined union workers picketing a Bowie Safeway Tuesday to pressure the grocery giant to concede on the health benefits that are tying up contract negotiations. "This all about awareness," Gansler, who is running for governor, said during a break in convincing shoppers to sign a petition.  Gansler accused Safeway and Giant, which negotiate with the same union, of trying to use provisions of the new federal health law "to take away" health coverage. (Balt. Sun)

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Benoit: Make Cell Towers At Anne Arundel Schools An Election Issue

Just minutes after the County Council defeated a measure that would have blocked cellphone towers at schools in Anne Arundel County, Councilman Jamie Benoit shot off an email urging his supporters to continue their fight in the 2014 election. Benoit, a Crownsville Democrat in his last year on the council, wrote after the 5-2 vote that candidates seeking to replace him or running for county executive should go on the record about putting cell phone towers at schools. Residents in the Odenton neighborhood worked for months to block a a 99-foot cell tower being considered at Piney Orchard Elementary School under a five-year lease between Anne Arundel County schools and Milestone Communication. (Capital)

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