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Status of local-interest bills in Annapolis

March 04, 2000

ANNAPOLIS- Here are some bills of local interest and their status in this session of the Maryland General Assembly, which concludes April 10. Bills can be tracked on the Internet at mlis.state.md.us.

HB 17 - Would subsidize regional air service from Hagerstown Regional Airport to Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The bill had a Feb. 8 hearing in the Appropriations Committee.

HB 186 - Would provide counties with matching grants of up to $1 million for increasing the amount they spend on agriculture land preservation. The bill had a hearing Feb. 8 in the Appropriations Committee.

HB 527 - Would buy a health clinic on wheels, otherwise known as a Wellmobile, for Western Maryland. A hearing was held March 2 in the Environmental Matters Committee.

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HB 593 - Would allow Washington County Commissioners to be reimbursed for travel expenses. Bill has passed the House and is in the Senate.

HB 639 - Would allow the Washington County Orphans Court to set new hours. A hearing was held Feb. 25 in the Judiciary Committee.

HB 754 - Would exempt farmers who sell their property into conservation easements from state capital gains tax. A hearing has been set for 1 p.m. March 9 in the Ways and Means Committee.

HB 852/SB 702 - Would give the Washington County Humane Society a $125,000 state grant for its new animal shelter. A hearing is set for 1 p.m. March 13 in the Appropriations Committee.

HB 853/SB 704 - Would give Washington County Children's Village a $75,000 state grant for building improvements. A hearing is set for 1 p.m. March 13 in the Appropriations Committee.

HB 854/SB 705 - Would give the Hagerstown Area Police Athletic League a $122,752 state grant for an outdoor sports center. A hearing is set for 1 p.m. March 13 in the Appropriations Committee.

HB 855/SB 703 - Would give the Hagerstown YMCA a $500,000 state grant for its new facility near the Hagerstown Fairgrounds. A hearing is set for 1 p.m. March 13 in the Appropriations Committee.

HB 856/SB 723 - Would give the Washington County Agricultural Education Center a $150,000 state grant for building improvements. A hearing is set for 1 p.m. March 13 in the Appropriations Committee.

HB 857/SB 706 - Would give the Hagerstown Fairgrounds $150,000 state grant for picnic pavilions. A hearing is set for 1 p.m. March 13 in the Appropriations Committee.

HB 997 - Would give a tax break to farmers and their employees. A hearing is set for March 9 in the Ways and Means Committee.

HB 1002 - Would give a tax break to farmers who buy new technologies. A hearing has been set for March 9 in the Ways and Means Committee.

HB 1073 - Would clarify that MIHI Inc. of Washington County can use a 1997 state grant to build handicapped fishing piers at Devil's Backbone Park. A hearing was held Feb. 24 in the Appropriations Committee.

HB 1075 - Would exempt the Rohrersville Band from $930 a year in property taxes. A hearing was held March 1 in the Ways and Means Committee.

HB 1143 - Would allow the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts to appoint emeritus members to its board of trustees. Bill has passed the House and has been assigned to the Senate Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee.

HB 1148 - Would increase the salaries of Washington County election judges and require the election board to release the names and addresses of judges to lawmakers. A hearing has been set for 1 p.m. March 9 in the Commerce and Government Matters Committee.

HB 1183 - Would create the first state battlefield at South Mountain. A hearing was held March 3 in the Environmental Matters Committee.

HB 1215 - Would create a task force to study reflectors along state highways to prevent deer accidents. A hearing has been set for 1 p.m. March 14 in the Environmental Matters Committee.

HB 1389 - Would split Washington County Gaming Commission profits evenly between charities and the Washington County Fire and Rescue Association. Would also stagger the terms of Gaming Commission members and put a $50,000 cap on charitable distributions. The bill has been assigned to the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee.

HB 1411 - Would allow the Washington County Board of License Commissioners to issue a caterer's license to a holder of a Class B or pouring beer, wine and liquor license. The bill has been assigned to the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee.

HB 1417 - Would create a Washington County Water and Sewer Debt Reduction Fund and require the Washington County Commissioners to put $500,000 a year in the fund. The bill has been assigned to the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee.

HJ 10 - Would name the new Washington County District Court building after the late J. Louis Boublitz. The bill has passed the House and has been assigned to the Senate Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee.

SB 281/HB 486 - Would create a new commemorative license plate to honor agriculture. Senate bill has passed. The bill had a Feb. 23 hearing in the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee.

- Laura Ernde

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