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Governor signs county bills

April 11, 2001

Governor signs county bills



Annapolis

By LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

Gov. Parris Glendening on Tuesday signed into law two bills that affect Washington County.

One bill allows police agencies to make secret purchases for undercover investigations. The other lets Prime Outlets in Hagerstown hold the same type of sidewalk exhibitions as Valley Mall.

Both laws go into effect Oct. 1.

No one from the Washington County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly attended the bill signing ceremony in the State House.

Most local lawmakers were busy packing up their offices so they could head home after the 90-day session.

During the legislative session that ended Monday, the Washington County delegation got eight bills passed dealing with public officials' salaries and administrative issues of Washington County government.

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Sheriff Charles Mades, if he's re-elected Washington County Sheriff next year, will get a pay increase from $55,000 to $67,500.

Washington County Election Board members and election judges will also get raises.

The Washington County Commissioners, if they choose, will be allowed to give fire and rescue volunteers a property tax credit.

The commissioners also will be allowed to set aside money in a Rainy Day Fund for tough economic times and use part of the hotel tax to cover advertising and legal fees associated with collecting the 6 percent tax.

Glendening signed 101 bills the day after the 2001 legislative session ended.

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