Letter to the editor

Letter to the editor

May 21, 2006

Haines, Shewell deserve praise

Living in Carroll County has been the best decision I have made for my family. Not only is it beautiful here, but the legislators are so dedicated to the community and its citizens. And my compassion for the legislators here in Carroll County is as strong as ever.

Serving the construction industry as a bonding and insurance agent and being involved in many trade associations, Sen. Larry Haines was very agreeable in solving contractor issues in the state of Maryland.

He sponsored a bill to reduce retention on government-funded projects that passed the Senate and received an award from the American Subcontractors Association of the Baltimore and D.C. chapters as Politician of the Year.

This year, he fought hard for Senate Bill 391, allowing an alternative bonding product to be used for government-funded work throughout the state. This bill greatly helps small businesses, including minority and female-owned firms, by opening the availability of bonding credit in order for such companies to bid on public work on a more competitive basis.

This is landmark legislation, allowing for the first time surety competition in the state. Forging forward on the House side, was Del. Tanya Shewell, who co-sponsored HB 169, the companion bill to SB 391.

Tanya was a pioneer, learning the industry and using all her lobbying might to get the bill passed in the House. She and Del. Dan Morhaim, the sponsor, created a winning synergy for us all.

Tanya has a big heart for small businesses and recognized that this endeavor needed bi-partisan support. HB 169 was signed into law on May 2, 2006.

With Sen. Larry Haines and Del. Tanya Shewell supporting this legislation, they made the state of Maryland a more forward thinking state.

Karen Barbour Westminster

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