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Bills of local interest

March 26, 2006

Bills introduced by the Washington County Delegation

HB 730 - Allows a commanding officer of a fire company in Washington County to appoint no more than 12 members of the fire company as deputy sheriffs. Heard March 9.

HB 731 - Alters the definition of "new permanent full-time position" for purposes of property tax and state tax credits granted to business entities that construct or expand business premises to include, for Washington County, contract positions lasting at least 12 months. Heard March 1.

HB 732 - Authorizes the Washington County Board of County Commissioners to hire more than one attorney for the Washington County Board of County Commissioners. Heard March 9.

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HB 733 - Authorizes Washington County to honor certificates of guarantee issued by specified nonprofit associations of contractors or on behalf of specified contractors in order to satisfy county bond requirements. Approved by the House, hearing scheduled at 1 p.m. March 29 in the Senate Finance Committee.

HB 734 - Amends the Community Based Regional Initiatives Loan of 2004 to alter the location of the Cumberland Valley Technology Center project. Approved by the House, heard March 23 in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

HB 735 - Authorizes the creation of a state debt in the amount of $50,000 for the acquisition of weightlifting and other athletic equipment for the Hagerstown Police Athletic League. Heard March 13.

HB 736 - Authorizes the creation of a state debt not to exceed $100,000 to the Washington County Agricultural Education Center Inc. for the planning, design, construction and capital equipping of the Rural Heritage Transportation Museum. Heard March 13.

HB 1063 - Amends the Discovery Station at Hagerstown Loan of 2001 to change the location of the Discovery Station at Hagerstown project. Approved by the House, heard March 22 in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

HB 1064 - Authorizes the creation of a state debt in the amount of $50,000 for the construction of exhibits and renovation of the Discovery Station at Hagerstown site. Heard March 13.

HB 1065 - Reduces from 110 percent to 105 percent the maximum homestead property tax credit percentage for the county property tax in Washington County. Heard March 1.

HB 1066 - Alters the period of time that Washington County deputy sheriffs are required to be placed on a probationary status; and provides that a Washington County deputy sheriff having the rank of major or below, rather than lieutenant or below, has tenure. Heard March 15.

HB 1407 - Provides that for nonresidential addition construction, a building excise tax imposed in Washington County applies only to that portion of the construction that exceeds the gross square footage of the nonresidential building prior to the beginning of construction for which a building permit has been issued; authorizes the County Commissioners of Washington County to provide individual exemptions for specific construction projects. Heard March 1.

HB 1617 - Authorizes the creation of a state debt not to exceed $400,000, the proceeds to be used as a grant to the Board of Directors of the Young Men's Christian Association of Hagerstown, Maryland, Inc. for the construction and capital equipping of a gymnasium for the YMCA of Hagerstown. Heard March 13.

HB 1618 - Establishes a Task Force to Study the Electoral Process for Members Serving on the Washington County Board of Education. Heard March 23.

HB 1655 - Authorizes a health officer in Washington County to issue civil citations for violations of specified nuisance control laws and regulations. Heard March 22.

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. Heard Feb. 16.

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. Favorable report from the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

SB 334 - Alters the membership of the Tri-County Council for Western Maryland. Approved by the Senate, hearing scheduled at 1 p.m. March 30 in the House Environmental Matters Committee.

SB 533 - Requires the Motor Vehicle Administration to develop and make available a registration plate honoring Mountain Maryland. Unfavorable report from the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

SB 770 - Prohibits a provider of nonemergency helicopter transportation from billing an insured for an amount more than the amount paid by the insurer, nonprofit health service plan, or health maintenance organization. Approved by the Senate.

SB 771 - Alters the membership of the Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee. Favorable report from the Senate Finance Committee.

SB 980 - Prohibits a lawyer from sending a written communication directly or through an agent to a specified prospective client. Heard March 22.

Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington

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