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Legislative bills update for 3/23/03

March 25, 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. The House has approved the bill and it's in the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, where a hearing is scheduled March 26.

HB 693 - Allows the Washington County sheriff to let people charged with nonviolent crimes await trial on home detention. The bill has passed the House and it's in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, where a hearing was held March 20.

HB 806 - Increases the cost of Washington County liquor pouring licenses at larger establishments by $250 each. The House has passed the bill and it's in the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, where a hearing is scheduled for March 25.

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HB 807 - Would have given Hagerstown Community College professors collective bargaining rights. The House Appropriations Committee killed the bill.

HB 881 - Allows the Washington County Commissioners to conduct criminal background checks on prospective employees. The House has tentatively approved the bill.

HB 986 - Exempts Washington County from having to advertise when it wants to lease property to tenants for less than $2,000 a month. The House has tentatively approved the bill.

HB 1021 - Gives a $200,000 state grant to the Associated Builders and Contractors of the Cumberland Valley. The House Appropriations Committee held a March 19 hearing.

HB 1022 - Gives a $250,000 state grant to the Washington County chapter of the American Red Cross. The House Appropriations Committee held a March 19 hearing.

HB 1023 - Gives a $200,000 state grant to Girls Inc. of Washington County. The House Appropriations Committee held a March 19 hearing.

HB 1024 - Gives a $100,000 state grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County. The House Appropriations Committee held a March 19 hearing.

HB 1025 - Allows the Washington County Commissioners to ban roadside solicitations for charity. The House has tentatively approved the bill.

HB 1026 - Requires Hagerstown Community College Board of Trustees members to live in Washington County. The House has tentatively approved the bill.

HB 1027 - Clarifies the duties of the Washington County Animal Control Authority. The House has tentatively approved the bill.

HB 1059 - Authorizes a transfer tax and an excise tax in Washington County and repeals authority for an impact fee. The House has passed the bill and it heads to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee where a hearing has not yet been scheduled.

HB 1088 - Bans out-of-state liquor stores from coming into Washington County. The House has passed the bill.

HB 1130 - Doubles the maximum grant the Washington County Gaming Commission can award to one nonprofit applicant to $100,000. The House Ways and Means Committee has approved the bill.

HB 1131 - Would have extended the date by which that the Discovery Station project in Hagerstown needs to match a state grant. The Delegation withdrew the bill.

HB 1150 - Allows campgrounds to be charged Washington County's 6 percent hotel-motel tax. The House has tentatively approved the bill.




Bills introduced by Washington County lawmakers


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

SB 247 - Gives Department of Natural Resources rangers police powers. Has passed the Senate and is in the House Environmental Matters Committee, where a hearing is scheduled March 26.

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 - Would have distributed excess lottery money to public schools. The bill was killed by the Senate Finance Committee.

SB 169 - Would have amended the Maryland Constitution to require single-member districts for each member of the House of Delegates. The Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee killed the bill.

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