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Commission Exploring Using Lobbyist at General Assembly

October 10th, 2011 by WCBC Radio

Recently announced plans to consider retaining a regional lobbyist to represent western Maryland in Annapolis has drawn some questions. Last month, Allegany County Commission President Mike McKay said the county hopes to chip in with four other counties and hire a Western Maryland lobbyist for about the cost the county paid to hire its own lobbyist a few years ago. McKay said that each of the five counties will pitch in $3,000 to 5,000 to hire a lobbyist to represent their interests in Annapolis and that the  lobbying effort will be focused on the Maryland General Assembly session of 2012. Last week a representative of the Allegany County Conservative Caucus questioned the rational for the move; the cost; and which lobbyists might be considered. McKay emphasized that the talks have been simply preliminary, but that the thinking is to simply find a better way to have the regions voice heard in Annapolis…

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