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Bills of local interest

March 03, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

Editor's note: This is a list of proposed bills and resolutions of local interest in the Maryland General Assembly. For more information, go to the Legislature's Web site at mlis.state.md.us.




Washington County Delegation bills


HB 653 - Permits local regulation of massage parlors to prevent them from being used as fronts for prostitution. A hearing was held Feb. 27 in the House Health and Government Operations Committee.

HB 693 - Allows the Washington County sheriff to let people charged with nonviolent crimes await trial on home detention. A hearing was held Feb. 25 in the House Judiciary Committee.

HB 806 - Increases the cost of Washington County liquor pouring licenses at larger establishments by $250 each. A hearing is scheduled March 3 in the House Appropriations Committee.

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HB 807 - Gives Hagerstown Community College professors collective bargaining rights. A hearing is scheduled March 6 in the House Appropriations Committee.

HB 881 - Allows the Washington County Commissioners to conduct criminal background checks on prospective employees. A hearing is scheduled March 13 in the House Environmental Matters Committee.

HB 986 - Exempts Washington County from having to advertise when it wants to lease property to tenants for less than $2,000 a month. A hearing date has not been set.

HB 1021 - Gives a $200,000 state grant to the Associated Builders and Contractors of the Cumberland Valley. A hearing date has not been set.

HB 1022 - Gives a $250,000 state grant to the Washington County chapter of the American Red Cross. A hearing date has not been set.

HB 1023 - Gives a $200,000 state grant to Girls Inc. of Washington County. A hearing date has not been set.

HB 1024 - Gives a $100,000 state grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County. A hearing date has not been set.

HB 1026 - Requires Hagerstown Community College Board of Trustees members to live in Washington County. A hearing date has not been set.

HB 1027 - Clarifies the duties of the Washington County Animal Control Authority. A hearing date has not been set.

HB 1059 - Authorizes a transfer tax and an excise tax in Washington County and repeals authority for an impact fee. A hearing date has not been set.

HB 1088 - Bans out-of-state liquor stores from coming into Washington County. A hearing date has not been set.




Bills introduced by Washington County lawmakers


Sen. John J. Hafer, R-Garrett/Allegany/Washington

SB 247 - Gives Department of Natural Resources rangers police powers. A hearing was held Feb. 18 in the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

SB 370 - Would have increased from three to five the number of points assessed against a driver who fails to stop for a school bus. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee killed the bill.

SB 371 - Repeals the motorcycle helmet law for adults. A hearing was held Feb. 13 in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington

SB 57 - Would have reduced the 4 percent interest landlords are required to pay tenants for holding their security deposits. The bill was killed by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

SB 87 - Requires drivers approaching a parked emergency vehicle to slow down or move to the far lane. A hearing was held Feb. 4 in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington

SB 82 - Would have required the state try to award 2 percent of its contracts to Hispanic-owned businesses. The bill was killed by the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

SB 168 - Distributes excess lottery money to public schools. A hearing was held Feb. 21 in the Senate Finance Committee.

SB 169 - Amends the Maryland Constitution to require single-member districts for each member of the House of Delegates. A hearing was held Feb. 28 in the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

SB 175 - Extends the deadline for claiming state tax refunds for cases that got tied up in administrative red tape. The Senate has tentatively approved the bill.

SB 246 - Bans red-light cameras in Maryland. A hearing was held Feb. 13 in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

SJ 2 - Honors former President Ronald Reagan and proposes a day for Marylanders to pay tribute to him. A hearing was held Feb. 28 in the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington

HB 585 - Allows school buses to go faster than 50 mph on highways. A hearing was held Feb. 25 in the House Environmental Matters Committee.

HB 589 - Exempts landlords from lead paint risk reduction standards if the outside paint is tested to be lead-free. A hearing is scheduled March 12 in the House Environmental Matters Committee.

Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington

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