Capital Matters

January 29, 1991

Schaefer's slick response

A former U.S. Army Reserve officer has sent a personal note offering to help President Bush clean up the giant oil slick in the Persian Gulf.

While the retired Army colonel has no personal experience with oil spills, as governor of the state of Maryland, he does have some employees who do.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer offered the president services of the state's emergency response team for oil and hazardous material spills. The team responded to 394 incidents last year and protects Maryland waterways for potential pollution, according to the governor.

"We would consider it an honor to be called upon to help contain the massive oil spill which poses a grave threat to the world's environment," wrote Governor Schaefer in the note which ends with a handwritten comment, "Call on us if we can help!!"

Paul E. Schurick, a spokesman for the governor, said it is unlikely that members of the response team are aware that the governor has offered their services in a war zone.

Regents nominees

Franklin P. Perdue, of Perdue Farms in Salisbury, and Mary Arabian, a former judge on the Baltimore Circuit Court, were approved for nomination to the University of Maryland System Board of Regents yesterday by the Senate Executive Nominations Committee.

Neither nominee had any problem being approved as various senators lined up to offer their support and endorsements.

Judge Arabian, a longtime friend of Governor Schaefer's, was called "an outstanding Baltimorean" and "a distinguished jurist."

Mr. Perdue, who donated $2.5 million to Salisbury State University to establish the Perdue School of Business, was called "one of the bigger assets of the Eastern Shore." Before yesterday's meeting of the nomination's committee, Governor Schaefer announced that he had appointed Mr. Perdue to the Board of Regents.

Mr. Perdue and Judge Arabian will receive final approval by the full Senate.

Quote of the day

"There's been fraud, misrepresentation, nepotism and a total lack of oversight from your office."

-- Sen. Julian L. Lapides to State Health Secretary Adele Wilzack on the now-defunct State Games program


10 a.m.: Senate convenes, Senate Chamber.

11:30 a.m.: House convenes, House Chamber.

1 p.m.: Senate Finance Committee takes up bills to increase the tax on the pari-mutuel take at racetracks and to authorize the Racing Commission to discipline racetrack operators for certain violations. Presidential Wing, Senate Office Building.

1:30 p.m.: House Ways and Means Committee receives briefing on tax commission recommendations from commission chairman R. Robert Linowes, Room 110, House Office Building.

There are 69 days remaining in the 1991 General Assembly session.

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