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Capital, The (Newspaper) - May 21, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland county teams advance in lacrosse Cl SAY TIMBER Timber Country thunders to Preakness victory Cl Timber Country held off Twist Pigeon basher receives Navy counseling Dl HOWEU MICROFILMS PO 1558 LAUFE. MD 20707 MAY Pensions remain costly secret Law meant to reveal officials9 pension data has failed ByTODDSPANGLER Staff Writer Under a law passed last a citizen armed with a calculator was supposed to be able to determine the cost of top state and local officials' pensions. But it can't be the pensions awarded officials con- tinue to be secret because the government can't disclose the number of years a retiree is credited with serving. And the county has no record of how much it has given beneficiaries. The law was meant to open a lot of pension information to public scrutiny which has been confidential for more than a decade. In it fell well short of the mark Much of the information is still under wraps. The available data is little help in calculating an official's pension think you'd have a hell of a said Assistant Attorney General Harriet with the State Retirement Agency would be The confidentiality of retirement records may be protecting state and county officials who are reaping the benefits of lavish plans without the public's knowledge. Lawmakers behind last year's reform bill said they may have been snookered by those who limited its scope intent of the regardless of what the county is that should be said Del. Michael E one of the sponsors. there are they should be addressed One move might be to force the disclosure of the full retirement record of any beneficiary who belongs to a pension system which says it cannot comply with the current law Such a disclosure would include the names of all beneficiaries and the amount of employee contributions to the plan information that officials are loathe to provide an avenue to look Mr. Busch said a viable piece of Last year's bill required the release of an employer's contribution to an individual ap- pointed or elected official's pension. But county leaders said they can't comply with the law and disclose how many millions of dollars they have pumped into the still-private pensions being paid to the 92 members of the lavish and severely underfunded Appointed and Elected Officials Retirement Plan. Page Our State's pension secrecy opened door for costly abuses. A8 YOU'RE WOOLLY FRIEND By Bob Gilbert Capital The attention Erin Hays of ChurcMon gave her appropriately named seemed awfully alluring to another of the exotic Silver. Ms. Hays and her llamas were at the Harwood 4-H Livestock Club's Farm Day where visitors enjoyed demonstrations on animal frolicking young animals of species and local baked goods. Bay backers fight law Rewrite of Clean Water Act irks many By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer Maryland's US. senators and advocacy groups for the Chesapeake Bay have mobilized to fight a plan to weaken the nation's most-powerful water protection law. Just as Chesapeake Bay rockfish and under- water grasses are showing positive results of bay- cleanup a rewrite of the federal Clean Water Act passed by the House of Representatives would halt the bay backers said. not like it takes you to a higher said Sen. Paul a Democrat. allows things to and we just can't allow that to Early in the advocates such as the Chefcpeake Bay Foundation and Clean Water Action notified members and canvassed neigh- borhoods to urge residents to contact House members and support water protection measures. By the groups were reminding people to keep pressure on their senators. Mr. Sarbanes and Sen. Barbara also a vowed to oppose changes on the Senate side that would hinder the bay cleanup after a dozen years and millions of dollars. senator believes it would be a shame to lose momentum and to lose the progress on cleaning up the said Patrick spokes- man for Ms. Mikulski. The bill was denounced by Democratic and Republican as well as President Clin- as an extreme measure that would roll back two decades of water quality improvements. But it gained the support of a solid coalition of 195 By David W Trozro The Capital Clean Water Action canvassers Eric Upatetn and Susan Fox talk with Arden-on-the-Sevam resident Pete about action In Congress to weaken the Clean Water Act. Republicans and 45 many of whom complained about the impact wetland protections are having on fanners and other landowners. The bill's future is unclear. Senate moderates are expected to balk at its rollback of wetlands protection and easing of pollution controls on industry. Sen. John chairman of the Environment Committee that would consider the views it as far too extreme. Page Loyal attorney. Democrat. Tigers fan ByP.J.SHUEY ...Staff Writer more for his enormous Detroit Tigers political and more case files. The files are on the in the on toe floor. And there's a long jab at lawyers in the cadence of an old Burma Shave billboard. It includes a particular an accident Now Call For he known in region. Growingup in rural Michit land moving td Annapolis 32 years Mr. French has becomea polit al presence In the known ev ID. BILL FRANCH acumen. kind of the person to know in said state Attorney General Joseph who traveled in the same circles as Mr. French years ago in rof block of Cathedral Street is where ere Jig is t dered. real toy said Mr. Frai By fctark M. OdtH t Bill la kt unejmw AnMpOM M namm wwwuwwn mnwstm m NNMI fuj idely Known oj eerfdeeortbed Democrat to Detrott Tlgen farwttchm and even Me legal for Athletes abusing transfer By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer Two of the five starting players on this year's Arundel High School bas- ketball team originally lived outside the school's but were allowed to attend school and play on the team according to coaches and play- ers. One Bakari was al- lowed to transfer from Sevema Park High School because of emotional and educational Coach Gerald Moore. Marquise Farmer switched to Arun- del from Glen Burnie High School after his sophomore and then returned to Arundel for his senior year. He is 18-years-old and rents out the basement of Mr. Moore's home. And a third Darnerien transferred from Old Mills High School in Howard County last year when his family bought a home in Odenton. The players were just a few of almost students allowed to attend puBlic schools this year outside their original school district under the county's transfer policy. But many school and athletic offi- cials say the rule is loosely allowing illegitimate espe- cially by who switch schools to play on a different team. The policy was designed to let stu- dents to transfer to help working par- ents who have to use a day-care center. It is also for students who feel it would be better for their educational or Page Policy allows students to transfer for seven A7 LOW Partly sunny today. Mostly sunny tomorrow. D2 O's 7-2 Mike Stanley and Danny Tartabull each doubled in two runs In a five- run third inning and the Yankees defeated the Orioles 7-2 in New York yesterday. TV McDonald vs. p.m. on NTS. d TARIFF NO Lexus of Annapolis could be out of business within 60 days if President Clinton's trade sanctions against Japan remain In general manager Mike Higham doesn't affect the It affects our he tl NEW STACK IN UFfc Local entertainer Alfred a jazz and opera has recently taken on his first dramatic that of Hoke In Colonial Players' production of Miss Arundel Report.. Dl Editorials Afi-9 Business 81 Lottery A4 Books ......E3 Movies E10 Classified ..Fl-16 A23 Comics......Gl Obituaries D2 Classified...................266-7000 Circulation.................2664800 ;