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Delegation meeting briefs

February 06, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

Bill targets out-of state chain liquor stores



ANNAPOLIS - Washington County lawmakers voted Wednesday to try to ban out-of-state chain liquor stores.

Under the proposed legislation, out-of-state liquor license holders would not be able to get a package store license in Washington County.

"This is more of a preemptive strike, if you will," said Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington.

The Washington County Restaurant and Beverage Association requested the bill.

Legislative Chair Lou Thomas said the county's location at the crossroads of Interstates 81 and 70 make it a potentially prime target.




Bill adds campgrounds to hotel-motel tax



ANNAPOLIS - Campgrounds would have to collect Washington County's 6-percent hotel-motel tax under legislation proposed Wednesday by the Washington County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly.

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Hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and cabins currently collect the tax.

Lawmakers voted 7-to-1 Wednesday to introduce a bill adding campgrounds.

The legislation came at the request of Donald Day, who owns a bed and breakfast in the county.

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