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Sunday hunting, raises among local bills passed in Annapolis

April 09, 2002

ANNAPOLIS - Bills of local interest that have passed the Maryland General Assembly this session and are awaiting the governor's signature:

Commissioners' pay raise: Each of the five Washington County Commissioners elected in November will get paid $30,000 instead of $20,000 a year, under legislation sponsored by the Washington County Delegation. The commissioners president will get an extra $3,000. (HB 422)




Orphans Court judges' pay raise: Washington County Orphans' Court judges' salaries will increase from $6,000 to $7,000 under legislation sponsored by the Washington County Delegation. Judges will keep their $1,000 annual expense account. When they have to travel, their daily meal expense allowance will increase from $18 to $30 and their room allowance will increase from $50 to $85. (HB 443)




Hagerstown Soccer Club tax break: Legislation sponsored by the Washington County Delegation allows the Washington County Commissioners to exempt the Hagerstown Soccer Club Inc. from paying property taxes on its fields in Cearfoss. (HB 942)

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Washington County Museum of Fine Arts: Limits the terms for members of the art museum board of trustees. Trustees currently can serve unlimited five-year terms. Legislation sponsored by the Washington County Delegation at the museum's request limits members to two three-year terms. (HB 1211)




Washington County Department of Social Services employees: Allows a handful of employees at Social Services to get credit for time they were contract employees. Identical bills were filed by Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, and Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington (SB 532 and HB 359)




Veterans Commission: Allows the Maryland Veterans Commission to replace commission member Lewis Powell of Halfway, a World War I veteran who died in December, with a veteran from the Persian Gulf War. It also adds a representative from the Battle of the Bulge. The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington. (SB 666)




Sunday hunting: Extends the firearm deer hunting season from 13 days to at least 21 days. Allows hunting on the first Sunday of the firearm season in a handful of rural counties, including Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties. The legislation was sponsored by House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., D-Allegany (HB 9)




Indecent exposure: Makes it a crime for an inmate to harass correctional officers by lewdly exposing themselves. Right now indecent exposure is not a crime in prison because it's considered private space. The legislation was sponsored by Del. Anne Marie Doory, D-Baltimore. (HB 232)

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