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Bills of local interest

February 29, 2004|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 540 - Repeals an arcane oath of office that applies to sheriff's deputies and deputy clerks, requiring them to take the same Constitutional oath that applies to other government officials. The House Environmental Matters Committee has scheduled a March 11 hearing.

HB 541 - Allows the county to have two deputy state's attorneys by converting a lower-paid assistant state's attorney position. The House Environmental Matters Committee has scheduled a March 11 hearing.

HB 544 - Increases the length of time a school bus can stay on the road from 12 to 15 years. The House Ways and Means Committee has scheduled a March 2 hearing.

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HB 548 - Requires an owner or supervisor at a county liquor store to attend an alcohol awareness program. The House Economic Matters Committee has scheduled a March 8 hearing.

HB 549 - Prohibits the county liquor board from issuing a license to someone who owes court fines. The House Economic Matters Committee has scheduled a March 8 hearing.

HB 550/SB 103 - Gives a $500,000 state grant to the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, which is being developed at the former Henry's Theater in downtown Hagerstown. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee has scheduled a March 6 hearing.

HB 793/SB 315 - Gives a $200,000 state grant to Aspiring to Serve Inc. for the renovation of the former Cannon Shoe Factory in Hagerstown for a homeless shelter. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee has scheduled a March 8 hearing.

HB 794 - Allows the Washington County Commissioners to borrow $75 million for schools, highways and other capital projects. The House Appropriations Committee has scheduled a March 2 hearing.

HB 830/SB 311 - Gives a $150,000 state grant to the Town of Boonsboro toward expansion of Shafer Park. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee has scheduled a March 8 hearing.

HB 1022/SB 778 - Clarifies that tip jar gambling operators also cannot serve as tip jar suppliers. The House Ways and Means Committee has scheduled a March 10 hearing and the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee has scheduled a March 24 hearing.

HB 1049 - Clarifies that money from the Washington County building excise tax may be spent on higher education as well as elementary and secondary education. The bill has been assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee.

HB 1210 - Clarifies that the Washington County Commissioners have the power to collect Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance fees. The bill has been assigned to the House Environmental Matters Committee.

HB 1211 - Sets up a Water and Sewer Infrastructure Commission. The House Environmental Matters Committee has scheduled a March 18 hearing.

HB 1251/SB 790 - Changes the makeup of the PenMar Development Corp. board and creates more state and county oversight. The House Economic Matters Committee has scheduled a March 10 hearing. The Senate Finance Committee has not set a hearing date.

HB 1461/SB 317 - Gives a $100,000 state grant to Associated Builders and Contractors of the Cumberland Valley to help renovate the old Hagerstown Armory building. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee has scheduled a March 8 hearing.

Bills introduced by Washington County lawmakers

Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington

SB 138 - Would have changed the $12-per-copy fee for copies of death certificates to allow a lower charge for multiple copies. The Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee killed the bill.

SB 209 - Regulates tanning beds in the state, banning those under 18 from using them without a doctor's permission. A hearing was held Feb. 19 in the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

SB 435 - Increases the income tax deduction for people who are blind or 65 and older from $1,000 to $2,400. The bill has been assigned to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

SB 589 - Establishes the Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corp. to help farmers with financing issues. The bill has been assigned to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

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

SB 91 - Would have created a public database of stolen cars so citizens can help recover them. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee killed the bill.

SB 137 - Makes it easier to get a permit to carry a handgun. A hearing is scheduled for March 17 in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

SB 152 - Establishes an address confidentiality program for victims of domestic violence. A hearing was held Feb. 12 in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

SB 341 - Allows out-of-state car theft victims to testify by affidavit. A hearing is scheduled for March 16 in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

SB 342 - Makes it more difficult for keys to be duplicated. A hearing was held Feb. 19 in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

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