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Legislative bills of local interest

March 23, 1997

Some bills sponsored by local lawmakers in the Maryland General Assembly and currently under consideration include:

- H.B. 322, sponsored by Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington. The bill would require health insurers to provide hospitalization for mastectomy surgery as determined by a physician in consultation with a patient. The bill is being considered by the House Economic Matters Committee.

- H.B. 504, sponsored by Del. J. Anita Stup, R-Frederick/Washington. The bill would establish price controls on milk. The bill was defeated by the House of Delegates.

- H.B. 692, sponsored by the Washington County delegation. The bill would allow the County Commissioners to establish a noise ordinance. The bill was approved by the House of Delegates and a hearing has been scheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Senate Economic and Environmental Matters Committee.

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- H.B. 698, sponsored by Del. Louise V. Snodgrass, R-Frederick/Washington. The bill would increase the number of points assessed against a driver for failure to yield right-of-way to blind, deaf or mobility-impaired pedestrians. The bill has been approved by the House of Delegates and assigned to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

- H.B 739, sponsored by the Washington County delegation. The bill would increase the annual salary of the county sheriff from $42,500 to $55,000. The bill was approved by the House of Delegates and a hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

- H.B. 741, sponsored by the county delegation. The bill would increase, from $15,000 to $25,000, the amount of a contract for which the County Commissioners are required to advertise for bids. The bill was approved by the House of Delegates and a hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Senate Economic and Environmental Matters Committee.

- H.B. 1154, sponsored by Del. D. Bruce Poole, D-Washington. The bill would establish a construction apprenticeship program that would award state grants for trades training programs. The bill was approved by the House of Delegates and a hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Senate Finance Committee.

- H.B. 1159, sponsored by the county delegation. The bill would increase salaries for county Board of Education members from $3,600 to $4,800. The bill was approved by the House of Delegates and a hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Senate Economic and Environmental Matters Committee.

- H.B. 1235, sponsored by the county delegation. The bill would authorize a $250,000 state grant for the planning, design and construction of Community Rescue Service's new headquarters building in Hagerstown. The bill is being considered by the House Appropriations Committee.

- H.B. 1237, sponsored by the county delegation. The bill would increase membership of the county Board of Education from five to seven members, to take effect in 1998. The bill received a favorable report from the House Ways and Means Committee.

- H.B. 1265, sponsored by the county delegation. The bill would authorize a $75,000 state grant for the town of Hancock, to be spent on a community center in Town Hall. The bill is being considered by the House Appropriations Committee.

- H.B. 1266, sponsored by the county delegation. The bill would authorize a $250,000 state grant for the continuing renovation of the Memorial Recreation Center in Hagerstown. The bill is being considered by the House Appropriations Committee.

- H.B. 1319, sponsored by the county delegation. The bill would create the PenMar Development Corporation, a public agency that will oversee the redevelopment of Fort Ritchie. The bill was approved by the House of Delegates.

- H.B. 1348, sponsored by the county delegation. The bill would halve the debt owed by the city of Hagerstown to the state's pension program. The bill is being considered by the House Appropriations Committee.

- H.B. 1366, sponsored by the county delegation. The bill would amend the county's gaming regulations by lengthening the terms of Gaming Commission members from two years to three years, and allow officers in nonprofit organizations to serve on the commission. The bill is being considered by the House Judiciary Committee.

- H.B. 1367, sponsored by the county delegation. The bill would authorize a $50,000 grant to Mentally Impaired or Handicapped Individuals Inc. for the purchase of playground equipment. The bill is being considered by the House Appropriations Committee.

- H.B. 1446, sponsored by the county delegation. The bill would reorganize the county Convention and Visitors Bureau. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m. in the House Economic Matters Committee.

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