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Tractors Roll Into Annapolis To Protest Wind Farm Bill

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The Maryland statehouse in Annapolis was paid a visit by two tractors this morning. They had rolled in to protest a bill that a Senate committee looked over today.

Decorated with paper windmills spinning in the breeze, the tractors had signs asking the Senate to stop a bill that would stall a wind farm project in Somerset County on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Supporters of that measure say testing is needed to see if the windmills would affect radar at the Patuxtent River Naval Air Station on the opposite side of the Chesapeake Bay from Somerset County.

But Eddie Johnston, the president of the Somerset County Farm Bureau, says those concerns have already been addressed. He believes lawmakers from St. Mary's County, where the base is located, are trying to stop jobs from coming to his county.

"Yesterday Standard-Register closed in Salisbury. That's 76 jobs we're losing. So, we need the jobs. Somerset County is very underdeveloped and we need the jobs."

The bill has already passed the House and was heard in the Senate Finance Committee today.

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