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Governor signs local bill

April 13, 1999|By LAURA ERNDE

ANNAPOLIS - Gov. Parris Glendening on Tuesday signed a bill giving Washington County the authority to borrow $50 million over the next four years.

The county plans to use the money to finance construction of schools, a landfill and other long-term building projects. The law goes into effect June 1.

The county always has to get permission from the Maryland General Assembly to borrow money.

Over the last four years, the county used $28 million of its $40 million borrowing authority.

Glendening also signed a law making a technical change to Washington County's purchasing rules. It goes into effect Oct. 1.

And Glendening signed legislation sponsored by Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington.

Under that bill, volunteer physicians will have to get their licenses renewed every two years instead of annually.

Dr. Paul Wolber of Hagerstown had asked McKee to submit the legislation.

Finally, Glendening signed a law designed to prevent convicts from settling in Washington County after they are released from the prison complex south of Hagerstown.

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Maryland Parole Commission Chairwoman Patricia Cushwa asked for the legislation.

Under current law, the parole commission can put special conditions on parolees, such as ordering them to stay away from victims, participate in drug treatment and follow recommendations from their parole officer.

After the new law goes into effect Oct. 1, the commission will be able to put the same conditions on the 70 percent of inmates who are released because they have served their sentences, minus any credits earned in prison.

The legislation was among 100 noncontroversial bills signed by Glendening the day after the 90-day legislative session ended.

In the coming weeks his staff will review hundreds of other pieces of legislation.

Glendening has not said what bills, if any, he will veto.

Glendening threatened to use his veto power to stop a Senate filibuster by opponents of the cigarette tax increase over the weekend.

On Monday, Glendening said he will weigh each bill on its merits.

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