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Delegation OKs five local bills

January 23, 2004|by LAURA ERNDE

The Washington County Delegation elected a vice chairman and quickly approved five other pieces of local legislation Thursday.

Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr., R-Allegany/Washington, was unanimously voted vice chairman on a motion by Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington.

Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, was elected chairman last fall.

Lawmakers also voted to submit five bills for the commissioners. The legislation would:

  • Create a second deputy state's attorney position by replacing one of the assistant state's attorney positions.

  • Allow deputy sheriffs and deputy clerks to take the same oath of office that other elected officials take. Now, the law requires them to take an additional, outdated, oath, according to Washington County Clerk Dennis Weaver.

  • Allow school buses in Washington County to stay on the road for 15 years instead of 12 years, provided they are properly maintained.

  • Require bartenders and liquor store clerks to obtain alcohol awareness training certification.

  • n Change last year's Growth Management Act to clarify that transfer tax money can be used for higher education.
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