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Bills of local interest in the General Assembly

February 28, 1998

Bills of local interest in the General Assembly

Some legislation of local interest in the Maryland General Assembly include:




* House Bill 3. Sponsored by Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, the bill would set up a procedure for grievances and appeals for people who were denied medical treatment by their insurance company or managed-care provider. The bill was approved by the House of Delegates.

* H.B. 9. Sponsored by Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, the bill would add cruelty of treatment and excessively vicious conduct as grounds for absolute divorce. The bill was approved by the House of Delegates.

* H.B. 155. Sponsored by Del. J. Anita Stup, R-Frederick/Washington, the bill would prohibit dry cleaners and laundries from discriminating in their pricing polices. The bill is being considered by the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee.

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* H.B. 296. Sponsored by the Washington County delegation, the legislation would remove the termination date of July 1, 1999, on the county's tip jar gambling law. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for March 12 at 1 p.m. in the House Judiciary Committee.

* H.B. 403. Sponsored by the county delegation, the bill would allow the Washington County Department of Social Services to use subpoena power to require people to appear at child support conciliation conferences. The bill was given an unfavorable report by the House Judiciary Committee.

* H.B. 430. Sponsored by the county delegation, the bill would reduce the city of Hagerstown's pension debt by about $2.5 million. The bill has been assigned to the House Appropriations Committee. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for March 10 at 11 a.m. in in the House Appropriations Committee.

* H.B. 545. Sponsored by Del. D. Bruce Poole, D-Washington, the bill would require a person who commits murder while subject to a court protective order issued in a domestic violence face first-degree murder charges. The bill is being considered by the House Judiciary Committee.

* H.B. 679. Sponsored by the county delegation, the bill would increase the salary of the Washington County State's Attorney from 80 percent of a District Court judge's salary to 90 percent. The bill is being considered by the House Judiciary Committee.

* H.B. 699. Sponsored by the county delegation, the bill would increase Sunday hours of operation at bars if the following Monday is a federal holiday. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for March 9 at 2 p.m. in the House Economic Matters Committee.

* H.B. 700. Sponsored by the county delegation, the bill would allow alcoholic beverages to be sold in restaurants on Sundays at 11 a.m. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for March 9 at 2 p.m. in the House Economic Matters Committee.

* H.B. 701. Sponsored by the county delegation, the bill would increase the salary for members of the county liquor board from $4,600 to $9,600, and from $4,850 to $9,850 for the president. A hearing in the bill is scheduled for March 9 at 2 p.m. in the House Economic Matters Committee.

* H.B. 767. Sponsored by Poole, the bill would prohibit the state from hiring contractual employees for longer than three years. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for March 11 at 11 a.m. in the House Appropriations Committee.

* H.B. 811. Sponsored by the county delegation, the bill would grant $250,000 to Girls Inc. to help build a new gymnasium. The bill has been assigned to the House Appropriations Committee. No hearing has been scheduled yet.

* H.B. 813. Sponsored by the county delegation, the bill would grant $25,000 to the Rohrersville Band for repair and renovation of the band shell in which it performs. The bill has been assigned to the House Appropriations Committee. No hearing has been scheduled yet.

* H.B. 815. Sponsored by the county delegation, the bill would increase the salaries of members of the county Board of Elections Supervisors from $2,000 to $2,300, and from $2,300 to $2,600 for the president. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for March 5 at 1:15 p.m. in the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee.

* H.B. 996. Sponsored by Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, the bill would grant immunity from civil liability to victims of violent crime. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for March 6 at 1 p.m. in the House Judiciary Committee.

* H.B. 1152. Sponsored by Poole, by the bill would establish a state-funded construction trades apprenticeship program. The bill is being considered by the House Economic Matters Committee.

* H.B. 1188. Sponsored by the county delegation, the bill would make several changes to the county's tip jar gambling law, including requiring that fraternal clubs donate 15 percent of their gross gaming proceeds to charity through the county Gaming Commission. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for March 12 at 1 p.m. in the House Judiciary Committee.

- Guy Fletcher

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