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Within minutes of the clock striking the midnight hour in Annapolis and the close of the Maryland Legislature for another season, the General Assembly approved collective bargaining with non-binding arbitration for the deputies of the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office. While the original bill proposed binding arbitration, the authorized law gives more protection for settling unresolved issues than the Cecil County Board of Commissioners wanted approved. The draft bill generated enormous controversy as the county commissioners fought its approval. To aid their attempt to defeat the bill in Annapolis the political leadership went behind closed doors to make a decision to hire a lobbyist. Since this was just settled at midnight look for more news later, but the FOP has thanked those members of county delegation who stood and fought with them throughout the controversy filled 90-day legislative process.