HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Some western Maryland contractors are demanding an end to the state’s Minority Business Enterprise law.

Local members of the Associated Builders and Contractors aired their concerns at a meeting Monday in Hagerstown with Republican state lawmakers from Washington and Frederick counties.

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The law requires contractors to seek minority-owned subcontractors when bidding on state contracts. The contractors say many minority-owned firms in the Baltimore-Washington area aren’t interested in western Maryland projects. And they say some refuse to even sign paperwork indicating they’ve been offered the opportunity.

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State Delegate Neil Parrott of Washington County says the 33-year-old law has achieved its goal of making it possible for minorities to head companies.

Parrott says he will vote against extending the program in next year’s General Assembly.

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