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The community reportedly came out swinging yesterday before the House Appropriations Committee in Annapolis. The hearing over House Bill 693, the Community Impact Statement, provided Towson community reps a chance to vent their frustrations on a larger stage than GTCCA meetings. They are getting pretty good at this of late following their declaration that the USM stop giving Towson funding to grow a week ago at the Board of Regents meeting.

To say the least, Towson reps are getting a handle for politics.

Towson VP for student affairs Deb Moriarty said that the Univ. officials had to play “catch up.” She said that the community overstated the problem they have faced. The community thinks the University must take full responsibility for students living off campus. This is purely a news blog. You, the reader, can determine which side of the fence you fall on this one.

This was clearly an example of where Towson had to play defense. One way or another, it would be hard for them to win. Come in too strong, they look like the bully. Come in too weak, they are asking for a legislative right hook to the temple. It’s not a good position to be in.

Only time will tell whether or not this bill gets out of the committee. Chances are, I’d have to believe it will since co-writer of the legislation delegate Susan Aumann is member of the Appropriations Committee. The bill still has not been cross-filed in the senate and it’s unclear whether or not Brochin will take the step. If he doesn’t, what happens in the house is for naught.

Nonetheless, a statement has been made. That’s what they were looking for, right?

I just got off the phone with Delegate Steve Lafferty and am working on finishing up my article about the hearing and testimony for Thursday’s Towerlight. I’ll post a link here when it’s up on the site. 


One Comment

  1. Lack of pictures aside, you write like the good doctor and your style shines through this post. I especially liked your metaphorical reference to boxing and politics.

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