ANNAPOLIS - Several Washington County bills approved by the Maryland House of Delegates made their way to Senate committees on Thursday, where they received a mostly positive hearing.
Presented by Washington County Delegation Chairman Christopher B. Shank, they included enabling legislation to allow the county government to:
· Add criminal sanctions to its animal control ordinance.
· Regulate alarm systems to cut down on false alarms. The county could assess fines for false alarms except when caused by severe weather conditions or during a 60-day window following installation.
· Regulate licensing and discipline of those engaged in electrical work. The county only licenses electricians now.
· Regulate non-noxious weeds above a certain height.
· Enter emergency contracts without going through the bidding process, similar to provisions in the state's procurement law. The county government asked for the bill in part as a result of problems with repairs to the bridge on Broadfording Road. After having to terminate the original contract, the county had to go through a rebidding process before work could be finished.