House panel formed for high-tech issues

Maryland Watch

June 26, 1996

Legislative leaders have created a Science and Technology Subcommittee in the Maryland House of Delegates to address high-tech issues and build political ties between Baltimore and suburban Washington.

The panel, which will report to the Economic Matters Committee, "is going to help educate us all on the workings of the high-technology economy," said House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. "It is going to allow us to legislate in ways that we can intensify that economy."

The subcommittee's chairman will be Kumar Barve, a Montgomery County Democrat. Its other six members include Democrats Robert Frank of Baltimore County and Shane Pendergrass of Howard County and Republican James M. Kelly of Baltimore County.

Legislative technology panels are common in other states, Taylor said, and "the high-tech community in our state I don't think gets quite the focused attention that it deserves." The group will visit high-tech businesses, and "by time to convene in January, this subcommittee will have some kind of strategic game plan that perhaps would involve legislation," he said.

Pub Date: 6/26/96

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