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Local bills

April 13, 1998

Bills sponsored by the Washington County delegation and approved by the the 1998 Maryland General Assembly include:




- H.B. 296. The bill would remove the termination date of July 1, 1999, on the county's tip jar gambling law. The bill goes into effect on Oct. 1.

- H.B. 402. The bill would allow the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts to add six members to its board of trustees. The bill goes into effect on Oct. 1.

- H.B. 430. The bill would reduce the City of Hagerstown's pension debt by nearly $2.9 million. The bill goes into effect on July 1.

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- H.B. 679. 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 goes into effect on Oct. 1, but the salary will not increase until after this year's elections.

- H.B. 700. The bill would allow alcoholic beverages to be sold in restaurants on Sundays starting at 11 a.m. The bill also would increase the Sunday hours of operation at bars if the following Monday is a federal holiday. The bill goes into effect on Oct. 1.

- H.B. 701. 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 goes into effect on Oct. 1.

- H.B. 702. The bill would stagger the four-year terms of members of the Washington County Board of Education by giving the top three vote-getters in this year's general election a four-year term. The bottom two vote-getters will get two-year terms. The bill goes into effect on Oct. 1.

- H.B. 703. The bill would create a liquor license for golf course sales. If signed by the governor, it will go into effect on June 1.

- H.B. 815. 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 goes into effect Oct. 1, but salaries will not increase during the current term.

- H.B. 1188. 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 goes into effect on July 1.

All bill's require the signature of Gov. Parris N. Glendening before becoming law. More information on 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.

- Guy Fletcher

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