Local bills pass

April 13, 2004|by LAURA ERNDE

Washington County bills that passed during the 2004 session of the Maryland General Assembly. All have yet to be signed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich. To read the bills in their entirety, go to on the Web:

  • Oath of office - Repeals an arcane oath of office that applies to sheriff's deputies and deputy clerks. It requires them to recite the same Constitutional oath that other government officials take. HB 540.

  • State's attorneys - Allows the county to have two deputy state's attorneys by converting a lower-paid assistant state's attorney position. HB 541.

  • Liquor licenses - Prohibits the county liquor board from issuing a license to someone who owes court fines. HB 549.

  • Borrowing - Allows the County Commissioners to borrow $75 million for schools, highways and other capital projects. HB 794.

  • Tip jars - Clarifies that groups of tip jar gambling operators cannot become tip jar suppliers. HB 1022.

  • Excise tax - Clarifies that money from the Washington County building excise tax may be spent on higher education, as well as on elementary and secondary education. HB 1049.

  • APFO - Clarifies that the County Commissioners have the power to collect Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance fees. HB 1210.

  • Water and sewer - Sets up a Water and Sewer Infrastructure Commission. HB 1211.

  • Alcohol awareness - Requires an owner or supervisor at a county liquor store to attend an alcohol-awareness program. HB 548.

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