Annapolis Sunday Capital (Newspaper) - March 10, 2013, Annapolis, Maryland
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By ALEX JACKSON Staff Writer
Del. Nell C. Parrott, chairman of petition website MDPetitlons.com, said petitioning Gov. Martin O'Malley's death penalty repeal to the 2014 general election ballot isn’t a foregone conclusion.
That s even though some opponents of the repeal, including Senate President Thomas V Mike Miller Jr., D-Calvert, have said they think a referendum vote likely.
But “there’s no talk about” such a petition drive at the grass roots, Parrott said. “It’s probably not going to be petitioned.”
Parrott indicated he’s more interested in leading a petition drive against House Bill 493, the Referendum Integrity Act — a measure he believes could choke off Alture referendums if it passes
The Washington County Republican led petition drives that placed on the 2012 ballot three measures passed by the General As sembly: legalizing same-sex marriage, in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants, and the state’s congressio nal redistricting plan.
All three challenges failed
Parrott said a drive to overturn the death penalty repeal would involve a long, difficult campaign all the way up to the 2014 election.
And such efforts take money something MDPetitions.com is “not very flush with,” Parrott said.
“There’s going to be serious consideration whether we do one or not, because it is so difficult,” he said.
HB 493 which Parrott calls the “referendum suppression act” would
(See PETITION, Page AS)
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Natural Resources Police push for money as fewer officers patrol waters, woods, parks
By PAMELA WOOD Staff Writer
ST. MICHAELS — Officers Brandon Garvey and James Seward have a choice: oysters or rockfish
They’re the only Natural Resources Police officers un patrol this day for all of Talbot County, an Eastern Shore jurisdiction Atli of creeks and rivers that feed into the Chesapeake Bay.
It’s the last day watermen will be allowed to catch rockfish with gill nets, a type of net abused by poachers in recent years.
And it’s also a relatively mild winter day, which means other watermen will be out on their work boats, using rakelike hand tongs to scrape the bottom for oysters.
The officers can only check watermen doing one or the other.
They choose oysters, embarking in a small Boston Whaler from St Michaels toward Broad Creek, where the hand-tongers are working.
‘‘There are so many things you can work on,” Garvey said as the Whaler
“The thing of it is, when the cat's away, the mice will play. The threat of being caught is a strong deterrent.
— Bill Milos lobbyist for the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation, which tepresents recreational anglers and hunters.
motored toward the oyster bars, where the two used a special tool to measure whether oysters were the required minimum size of 3 inches.
In the winter, Natural Resources Police officers spend their days checking watermen to make sure they’re following harvest laws for rockfish and oysters. Soon, they’ll be on the lookout for recreational fishermen who catch yellow perch and then trophy-sized rockfish.
Memorial Day starts the busy
summer season, when officers will deal with boat crashes, drunken boaters, swimmers who drown, big crowds at packed state parks and crabbers catching lucrative blue crabs.
Come fall, the officers will switch their focus to hunters, making sure they obey the limits for killing deer and waterfowl.
Year-round, they keep a watchful eye on bridges, power plants and shipping channels deemed important to homeland security.
Advocates for the Natural Resources Police — and even some of those policed by them — say the force has shrunk too much over the years The cops are forced to take on more duties with too few officers, they say.
“We’re being dwindled down to nothing,” said Michael Dyson, a recently retired officer who is president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 8, the most active union for Natural Resources Police officers.
(See POLICE. Page AIQ)
ABOVE: Natural Resources Police Officer James Seward checks a waterman's ID while the boat works the waters near St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore. Seward and partner Officer Brandon Garvey checked several watermen who were hand-tonglng for oysters. Many agree the Natural Resources Police need more officers, but there is a dispute over how many are needed and how to find the money.
By Pamela Wood — The Capital‘No structural damage, no injuries, no fatalities... that’s a winWhat Bay Bridge official sees on his screen can quickly trigger closings
By TIM PRUDENTE
Storm winds swelled all morning. By afternoon, they were whipping through softball sized sensors nearly 200 feet above the roiling Chesapeake Bay.
Every second, a measurement was taken. The readings pulsed along cables running the length of the Bay Bridge, then flickered on a computer monitor be
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fore Gordon Garrettson.
Garrettson studied this monitor 20 hours on Wednesday.
That day, a team of maintenance
workers, police officers and engineers waited on standby. They can close the bridge within minutes of Garrettson’s order.
It was a familiar scene for the Bay Bridge facility administrator. Garrettson and his team have closed the bridge six times since January 2012
The bridge closed once in 2011.
Wind gusts exceeded 39 mph Wednes day, when a restriction was put in place to block empty tractor-trailers from crossing.
But after that, a tractor-trailer was (See BRIDGE, Page A6)
Pasadena resident Gordon Garrettson works as facility administrator of the Bay Bridge and decides with his team when to close the bridge because of unsafe conditions. The Wednesday storm was the sixth time the bridge closed since January 2012.
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