Legislature passes bills that impact local area
Some bills of local interest that passed the Maryland General Assembly this session:
UNDERCOVER PURCHASES - Lets Washington County police agencies make secret purchases for undercover investigations. Right now, investigators must seek bids for purchases over $25,000.
PRIME OUTLETS - Allows Prime Outlets at Hagerstown to hold the same type of sidewalk exhibitions as Valley Mall.
FIREFIGHTER TAX CREDIT - Authorizes the Washington County Commissioners to offer a property tax credit to fire and rescue volunteers. The commissioners, if they decide to use the power, would decide the details of the tax credit.
LIQUOR LOOPHOLE - Closes a loophole in Washington County's liquor laws that allowed the inmate population at the state prison complex south of Hagerstown to count toward new liquor licenses.