The following were among actions taken at Tuesday's meeting of the Prince George's County Council:
EMPLOYMENT OF DISABLED PERSONS: The council sent a letter to County Executive Parris Glendening taking note of a recent county task force report on employment of disabled persons. The report contended that "there is a gap between espousing hiring the handicapped by the county and the actual hiring of handicapped persons by the county."
The council asked for information showing "what the county is doing to recruit and hire handicapped persons." It said that legislative action in next year's session of the Maryland General Assembly may be necessary to create local tax credits for employers of the handicapped.
DRUG ANALYSIS LAB: The council adopted a bill that will establish a county drug analysis laboratory. The lab, which will be a part of the county police department, will do chemical analyses of materials and substances referred to it by county law enforcement agencies.
Prince George's State's Attorney Arthur Marshall, who spoke in favor of the bill at a public hearing, said the county is "the only jurisdiction of this size that does not have forensic laboratory facilities." He also said that as many as one-third of all circuit court drug cases may have to be dismissed without the lab.
Without a county drug analysis facility, his office often cannot meet "speedy trial" provisions that say a case must be brought to court within 180 days, he said.
The council said the lab will cost about $263,000.
CABLE TV CONTRACT: The council adopted a resolution that will transfer a cable franchise agreement for the northern portion of the county from Storer Communications of Maryland Inc. to Prime Cable of Maryland Ltd. Partnership. Former county executive Winfield M. Kelly Jr., now a manager of the Prince George's local franchise of Storer Communications, is head of a group of local investors who with Prime Cable are buying the Prince George's Storer cable system.