Washington County issues addressed during the Maryland General Assembly's 1998 session:
Gambling - The county's legislative delegation was successful in getting approval for the biggest part of its legislative package, two bills that amend the county's tip jar gaming regulations. One bill changes the way gaming proceeds are distributed to charity. Another measure removes the July 1, 1999, expiration date on the current regulations.
The distribution change will mean an estimated $1.35 million more would be funneled to local charities through the Gaming Commission through a requirement that private clubs donate 15 percent of gross profits in cash.
Pension debt - County lawmakers were able to secure legislative approval for nearly $2.9 million in state relief for the city of Hagerstown's pension debt, after overcoming some opposition in the House of Delegates. The legislation, if signed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening, would be in addition to the $2.5 million the state gave the city last year.