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Status of local bills in Maryland General Assembly

March 04, 2002

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 was held Feb. 21 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 bill has passed the House and is in the Senate.

HB 500/SB 667 - Gives a $200,000 state grant to Girls Inc. The money would help build a new gym at the Hagerstown nonprofit's Washington Avenue complex. A hearing has been scheduled for March 11 in the House Appropriations Committee.

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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. A hearing has been scheduled for March 11 in the House Appropriations Committee.

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 gym at the Noland Village public housing complex. A hearing has been scheduled for March 11 in the House Appropriations Committee.

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. A hearing has been scheduled for March 11 in the House Appropriations Committee.

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 Hagerstown into a training center. A hearing has been scheduled for March 11 in the House Appropriations Committee.

HB 942 - Allows the Washington County Commissioners to exempt the Hagerstown Soccer Club Inc. from paying property taxes on its fields in Cearfoss. A hearing is set for Wednesday 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 Thursday in the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee.

HB 1211 - Limit the terms for Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Board of Trustees members. A hearing was held 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, was held Feb. 27 in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

SB 353 - Allows the Motor Vehicle Administration to continue issuing restricted driver's licenses to people with certain vision problems. Sponsored by Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, the bill was passed by the Senate on Friday and now moves to the House.

SB 532/HB 359 - Allows several employees at Washington County Department of Social Services to get credit for time they were contract employees. The bill received preliminary approval by the House on Friday. The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a hearing for March 21. 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. Sponsored by Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, the bill was approved Feb. 22 by 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. Sponsored by Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, the bill was defeated by a 24-20 vote on Feb. 25.

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. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, was killed 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. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, has passed 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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