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April 25, 2006

Lobbyists eliminate the middleman in Maryland

It used to be that when lobbyists were interested in enacting legislation, they persuaded a legislator to introduce a bill. But maybe that's just inefficient.

A column in the May/June 2006 edition of AAA World written by the president of AAA Mid-Atlantic suggests as much:

At a hearing before the Maryland Legislature last March on a bill AAA Mid-Atlantic had introduced to address these problems, a member testified about how his daughter’s lost key ended up costing $455 to replace, as well as days missed from college while her car—her ride back to college—was towed to a dealership. She then waited days for the replacement key.
So you think this is just sloppy writing? Could be, but I strongly suspect it reflects the lobbyists' view of how Annapolis works.