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Schisler Sues the State

A lawsuit filed yesterday by the embattled chairman of the Public Service Commissioners struck Democratic lawmakers as somewhat ironic. Chairman Kenneth D. Schisler has asked a Talbot County judge to block the General Assembly from firing him next week through pending legislation. Two years ago, Schisler was defending his right to unilaterally fire five senior employees at the commission.

"These types of actions make a great statement as to why the General Assembly took the action it did," said House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel). "There's not a whole lot of confidence in the PSC.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the PSC, also angered the one commissioner who was not appointed by Ehrlich. Harold Williams said he did not learn about the lawsuit until late Thursday.

"I was really taken aback," said Williams, who was excluded from an earlier meeting between the governor's aides and his fellow commissioners. "This is another situation where I am not being included in the process."

Christine Nizer, a spokeswoman for the commission, said Williams was briefed as soon as a copy of the lawsuit was available. He is not listed by name in the brief, Nizer said, and "if he doesn't consider himself similarly situated, that's his prerogative."

By Ann Marimow  |  April 7, 2006; 10:25 AM ET
Categories:  General Assembly  
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