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Maryland legislative bills of local interest

April 19, 2004|by LAURA ERNDE

Editor's note: This is a list of bills and resolutions of local interest considered during this year's Maryland General Assembly session and their status. For more information, go to the legislature's Website 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 Maryland General Assembly passed the bill and it awaits the governor's signature.

HB 541 - Allows the county to have two deputy state's attorneys by converting a lower-paid assistant state's attorney position. The Maryland General Assembly passed the bill and it awaits the governor's signature.

HB 544 - Would have increased the length of time a school bus can stay on the road from 12 to 15 years. The Washington County Delegation withdrew the bill.

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HB 548 - Requires an owner or supervisor at a county liquor store to attend an alcohol awareness program. The Maryland General Assembly passed the bill and it awaits the governor's signature.

HB 549 - Prohibits the county liquor board from issuing a license to someone who owes court fines. The Maryland General Assembly passed the bill and it awaits the governor's signature.

HB 550/SB 103 - Gives a $400,000 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 approved the grant as part of the fiscal 2005 capital budget.

HB 793/SB 315 - Would have given a $200,000 state grant to Aspiring to Serve Inc. for the renovation of the former Cannon Shoe Factory in Hagers-town for a homeless shelter. The House Appropriations Committee gave an unfavorable report.

HB 794 - Allows the Washington County Commissioners to borrow $75 million for schools, highways and other capital projects. The Maryland General Assembly passed the bill and it awaits the governor's signature.

HB 830/SB 311 - Would have given a $150,000 state grant to the Town of Boonsboro toward expansion of Shafer Park. The Appropriations Committee gave an unfavorable report.

HB 1022/SB 778 - Clarifies that tip jar gambling operators also cannot serve as tip jar suppliers. The Maryland General Assembly passed the bill and it awaits the governor's signature.

HB 1049 - Clarifies that money from the Washington County building excise tax may be spent on higher education as well as on elementary and secondary education. The Maryland General Assembly passed the bill and it awaits the governor's signature.

HB 1210 - Clarifies that the Washington County Commissioners have the power to collect Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance fees. The Maryland General Assembly passed the bill and it awaits the governor's signature.

HB 1211 - Sets up a Water and Sewer Infrastructure Commission. The Maryland General Assembly passed the bill and it awaits the governor's signature.

HB 1251/SB 790 - Would have changed the makeup of the PenMar Development Corp. board and created more state and county oversight. The House Economic Matters Committee killed the bill.

HB 1461/SB 317 - Would have given a $100,000 state grant to Associated Builders and Contractors of the Cumberland Valley to help renovate the old Hagerstown Armory building. The delegation withdrew the bill, which was introduced by Washington County lawmakers.

Bills introduced by individual 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 - Would have regulated tanning beds in the state, banning those under 18 from using them without a doctor's permission. The Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee killed the bill.

SB 435 - Would have increased the income tax deduction for people who are blind or 65 and older from $1,000 to $2,400. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee held a March 24 hearing but took no action.

SB 589 - Establishes the Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corp. to help farmers with financing issues. The Maryland General Assembly passed the bill and it awaits the governor's signature.

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 - Would have made it easier to get a permit to carry a handgun. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee killed the bill.

SB 152 - Would have established an address confidentiality program for victims of domestic violence. The Senate passed the bill. The House gave preliminary approval but did not give final approval before the legislature adjourned for the year.

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