Delegate Patrick C. Scannello will miss nearly half of the 90-day General Assembly session while recovering from cancer surgery.
Surgeons at Baltimore's Mercy Hospital successfully removed a "cancerous lesion" Thursday from Scannello's colon, a spokeswoman for the District 32 Democrat said yesterday.
Listed in good condition, Scannello, 53, should leave the hospital and return to his Glen Burnie home Friday, the spokeswoman said. Scannello expects to return to the legislature in early March, she said.
Doctors discovered the colon cancer during a routine examinationearlier this month.
The three-term legislator was absent for six weeks last year after a kidney stone operation.
An opponent of abortion, Scannello won a fourth term last fall, garnering more votes than any other District 32 candidate.
The county's 13-member House of Delegates contingent also elected him vice chairman two weeks ago.
Earlier this month, Scannello permanently closed his family's GlenBurnie liquor store.
"I've been a businessman all my life," the former grocer said when the General Assembly convened on Jan. 9. "It feels good to be a full-time legislator."