Bills of local interest

February 05, 2006

Bills introduced by Washington County lawmakers

Sen. John J. Hafer, R-Garrett/Allegany/Washington

SB 163 - Provides exceptions to the prohibition against operating or riding on a motorcycle without protective headgear.

SB 314 - Provides for an income tax credit for renewable energy to cover facilities placed in service on or after Jan. 1, 2006, but before Jan. 1, 2011; expands the definition of qualified energy resources under the credit; requires the Maryland Energy Administration to issue initial credit certificates to qualified energy producers and energy aggregators or brokers under specified circumstances; allows the credit to be claimed in addition to the federal income tax credit for renewable energy.

SB 334 - Alters the membership of the Tri-County Council for Western Maryland; alters the method by which specified members are selected for membership to the Tri-County Council for Western Maryland; provides for specified limitations on the terms of at-large members of the Tri-County Council.


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

SB 19 - Requires a law enforcement agency to hold personal property that comes into the possession of the agency until the agency determines that the property no longer is needed in connection with a prosecution; requires the law enforcement agency to deliver the personal property to a specified person after determining that the property no longer is needed in connection with a prosecution.

SB 25 - Requires the Secretary of State to establish the Address Confidentiality Program for victims of domestic violence. Heard Jan. 24 in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

SB 248 - Requires a dealer of specified motor vehicles to provide a disclosure form to a consumer buyer at the time of sale of a motor vehicle if the sale of the motor vehicle is conditioned on the dealer obtaining approval of financing for the consumer buyer. Hearing scheduled Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. in the Senate Finance Committee.

SB 456 - Exempts from certificate of title requirements new vehicles owned by a manufacturer or dealer and held for sale even though used incidentally for specified other purposes.

Senate Joint Resolution 5 - Urges the members of the Maryland delegation in the United States Senate to work for a prompt up-or-down vote on the nomination of Samuel A. Alito Jr., to the United States Supreme Court.

Del. LeRoy E. Myers, R-Washington/Allegany

HB 282 - Alters the duration of a complimentary hunter's license for 100 percent service-connected disabled veterans and former prisoners of war from one year to the lifetime of the licensee. Hearing scheduled Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. in the House Environmental Matters Committee.

HB 284 - Requires the Motor Vehicle Administration to refund a prorated amount of a vehicle registration fee for each full month remaining in the registration period on surrender of the registration card and registration plates. Hearing scheduled Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. in the House Environmental Matters Committee.

HB 299 - Authorizes employers that require specified job-related drug testing to test a breath specimen using an evidential breath measurement device. Hearing scheduled Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. in the House Environmental Mattes Committee.

HB 409 - Authorizes a licensed inspection station to inspect windows with after-market window tint on a motor vehicle for which a safety equipment repair order has been issued and to issue a repair order certification for the motor vehicle. Hearing scheduled Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. in the House Environmental Matters Committee.

Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington

HB 251 - Establishes a Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) for specified members in the Correctional Officers' Retirement System. Hearing scheduled Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. in the House Appropriations Committee.

HB 574 - Prohibits specified health insurance carriers from requiring a health-care provider participating on a carrier's provider panel to be recredentialed based on a change in the federal tax identification number of the health-care provider or the provider's employer or a change in the health-care provider's employer under specified circumstances. Hearing scheduled Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. in the House Health and Government Operations Committee.

Del. Richard B. Weldon, R-Washington/Frederick

HB 260 - Requires a public service company or applicant to provide specified notice to owners of land within 2,500 feet of specified proposed lines, generating stations and transmission devices within a specified period under specified circumstances.

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