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Local bills of interest

February 20, 2002

Local bills of interest



Washington County Delegation bills:


HB 442 - Increases the salary of the Washington County Commissioners from $20,000 to $30,000 a year for the board elected in November. The commissioners president would get $33,000. A hearing is set for 1 p.m. Thursday in the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee.

HB 443 - Increases the annual salary for Washington County Orphans' Court judges from $6,000 to $7,000. Judges would get to keep their $1,000 annual expense account. When they have to travel, their daily meal expense allowance would increase from $18 to $30 and their room allowance would increase from $50 to $85. The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill Thursday.

HB 500/SB 667 - Gives a $200,000 state grant to Girls Inc. The money would help build a new gymnasium at the Hagers-town nonprofit's Washington Avenue complex. No hearing has been scheduled.

HB 501/SB 668 - Gives a $300,000 state grant to the American Red Cross of Washington County. The Red Cross is building a new headquarters off Eastern Boulevard in Hagerstown. No hearing has been scheduled.

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HB 502/SB 670 - Gives a $100,000 state grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County. The club wants to build a gymnasium at the Noland Village public housing complex. No hearing has been scheduled.

HB 503/SB 671 - Gives a $50,000 state grant to the Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum. The museum is restoring an old railroad station in Sharpsburg to display railroad artifacts. No hearing has been scheduled.

HB 531/SB 669 - Gives a $550,000 state grant to Associated Builders and Contractors of the Cumberland Valley. The grant would help ABC renovate the old National Guard Armory Building in Hagers-town into a training center. No hearing has been scheduled.

HB 942 - Allows the Washington County Commissioners to exempt the Hagers-town Soccer Club Inc. from paying property taxes on its fields in Cearfoss. A hearing is set for March 6 in the House Ways and Means Committee.

HB 1210 - Allows police agencies in Washington County to arrest people for trespassing on public property as long as signs are posted. A hearing is set for Feb. 28 in the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee.

HB 1211 - Limits the terms for Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Board of Trustees members. A hearing is set for Feb. 28 in the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee.

Bills introduced by Washington County lawmakers:


SB 294 - Gives tax breaks to people serving in the military. A hearing on the bill, sponsored by Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, has been scheduled for Feb. 27 in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

SB 353 - Allowing the Motor Vehicle Administration to continue issuing restricted driver's licenses to people with certain vision problems. A hearing on the bill, sponsored by Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, is scheduled for Wednesday in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

SB 532/HB 359 - Allows several employees at Washington County Department of Social Services to get credit for time they were contract employees. A hearing was held Feb. 12 in the House Appropriations Committee. The Senate Finance Committee has not yet scheduled a hearing. The legislation is sponsored by Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, and Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington.

SB 666 - Requires that a veteran of the Persian Gulf War be appointed to the Maryland Veterans Commission. A hearing on the bill, sponsored by Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, is scheduled for March 14 in the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

SB 672 - Allowing local health officers to file nuisance complaints. A hearing on the bill, sponsored by Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, is scheduled for Tuesday in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

SB 27 - Allows school buses to stay in service for more than 12 years without permission from the state Superintendent of Schools. A hearing on the bill, sponsored by Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, was held Jan. 24 in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

SB 28 - Bans red-light cameras except in a school zone, at a railroad crossing or when police are there to issue a citation in person. A hearing on the bill, sponsored by Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, is scheduled for Feb. 26 in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

SB 38 - Extends the deadline for state tax refunds for taxpayers whose cases are held up by bureaucratic red tape. A hearing on the bill, sponsored by Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, was passed by the Senate and is in the House Ways and Means Committee.

SB 132 - Ensures that a domestic violence victim can get a permit to carry a handgun. A hearing on the bill, sponsored by Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, has been scheduled for March 12 in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

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