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Local bills of interest

March 18, 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. The bill has passed the House and is in the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. No hearing has been scheduled.

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 Judicial Proceedings Committee, where a hearing is scheduled Wednesday.

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 was held Monday in the House Appropriations Committee. All bond bill hearings were canceled by the Senate Budget and Taxation 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 was held Monday in the House Appropriations Committee. All bond bill hearings were canceled by the Senate Budget and Taxation 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 was held Monday in the House Appropriations Committee. All bond bill hearings were canceled by the Senate Budget and Taxation 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 was held Monday in the House Appropriations Committee. All bond bill hearings were canceled by the Senate Budget and Taxation 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 was held Monday in the House Appropriations Committee. All bond bill hearings were canceled by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

HB 942 - Allows the Washington County Commissioners to exempt the Hagerstown Soccer Club Inc. from paying property taxes on its fields in Cearfoss. It has received preliminary approval in the House.

HB 1210 - Allows police agencies in Washington County to arrest people for trespassing on public property as long as signs are posted. The Delegation withdrew the bill because it is in current law.

HB 1211 - Limits the terms for Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Board of Trustees members. The bill has passed the House and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs 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 passed the Senate and a hearing is scheduled March 26 in the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee.

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 has passed the House. The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a hearing Tuesday. 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, was held Thursday in the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

SB 672 - Allows local health officers to file nuisance complaints. Sponsored by Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, the bill has passed the Senate and is in the House Environmental Matters Committee.

SB 27 - Would have allowed 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 Senate vote on Feb. 25.

SB 28 - Would have banned 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 by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

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