Term Limits May Be on the Horizon

HOLLYWOOD, Md.—The Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed the upcoming legislative session during their Nov. 17 meeting.

During the discussion, the BOCC talked about enacting term limits; Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt, Jr., suggested staggering the terms to prevent a total changeover of the county commissioners.

Commissioner Mike Hart agreed, citing his own lack of experience when he joined the BOCC and his worry that five inexperienced commissioners at once could be a problem.

“You don’t want five Mike Harts running the county,” Hart said.

The BOCC voted to set a cap at three consecutive terms, with an option to run in future elections following a four-year hiatus.

Also during the BOCC meeting, the board listened to a presentation from Calvert Heath Department Health Officer Laurence Polsky.

Polsky advocated all members of the community get their flu shot. Influenza is the eighth leading cause of death. Getting a vaccination protects not only the individual, but the people around them, Polsky said, adding that every year approximately 15 million work days are lost to the flu.

Overdose fatalities continue to be a hot button topic, Polsky said

“We’re dealing with opiates right now, but 10 years from now we’ll be dealing with something else.”

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