Bills sponsored by the Washington County delegation and approved by the General Assembly this year include:
- H.B. 690 - The bill would decrease the passing grade for a master electrician's license in the county from 75 percent to 70 percent. The bill will take effect Oct. 1.
- H.B. 692 - The bill would allow the County Commissioners to establish a noise ordinance. The bill would take effect Oct. 1.
- H.B. 693 - The bill would give the Washington County Agricultural Center until June 1, 1999, to provide funds to match a state grant totaling $350,000. The bill would take effect June 1.
- H.B 739 - The bill would increase the annual salary of the county sheriff from $42,500 to $55,000. The bill would take effect Oct. 1, but the salary will not increase until after next year's elections.
- H.B. 740 - The amended bill would restore collective bargaining rights to county employees. The bill would take effect June 1.
- H.B. 741 - 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. It would also allow the commissioner to publish local laws as often as they deem necessary. The bill would take effect June 1.
- H.B. 1159 - The bill would increase salaries for county Board of Education members from $3,600 to $4,800. The pay for the president of the school board would increase from $3,700 to $4,900. The bill would take effect July 1 but increases won't start until the next term of office begins in 1998.
- H.B. 1237 - The bill would increase membership of the county Board of Education from five to seven members. The bill would take effect July 1 but the new board seats won't be open until the 1998 elections.
- H.B. 1319 - The bill would create the PenMar Development Corp., a public agency that will oversee the redevelopment of Fort Ritchie. The bill would take effect the date it is signed by the governor.
- H.B. 1348 - The bill would pay $2.5 million in state dollars to help with the $9.96 million pension debt the city of Hagerstown owes to the state's pension program. The bill would take effect July 1.
More information about these bills and other legislative action can be found online at (http://mlis.state.md.us), the General Assembly's site on the World Wide Web.