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Bills of interest

March 28, 1998

Bills of interest

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. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for Thursday, April 2 at 1 p.m. before the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee.

* 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 and has been assigned to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

* 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. The bill was approved by the House of Delegates and has been assigned to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

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* 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 was given a favorable report from the House Appropriations 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 was approved by the House of Delegates and is being considered by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

* H.B. 700. Sponsored by the county delegation, the bill would allow alcoholic beverages to be sold with a meal in restaurants on Sundays starting at 11 a.m. The bill would also increase the Sunday hours of operation at bars if the following Monday is a federal holiday. The bill was approved by the House of Delegates and a hearing on the bill is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1 at 1 p.m. in the Senate Economic and Environmental Affairs 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. The bill was approved by the House of Delegates and a hearing on the bill is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1 at 1 p.m. in the Senate Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee.

* H.B. 767. Sponsored by Del. D. Bruce Poole, D-Washington, the bill would prohibit the state from hiring contractual employees for longer than three years. The bill is being considered by 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 is being considered by the House Appropriations Committee. The Senate version of the bill was approved by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

* 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 is being considered by the House Appropriations Committee. The Senate version of the bill was approved by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

* 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. The bill was approved by the House of Delegates and has been assigned to the Senate Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee.

* H.B. 1152. Sponsored by Poole, by the bill would establish a state-funded construction trades apprenticeship program. The bill was approved by the House of Delegates and has been assigned to the Senate Finance 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. The bill has been approved by the House of Delegates and has been assigned to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

- Guy Fletcher

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