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Bills of local interest - 2/2

February 04, 2007

Editor's note: This is a list of local bills and resolutions introduced in the Maryland General Assembly during the 2007 regular session. For more information, go to mlis.state.ms.us

Bills introduced by Washington County lawmakers

Washington County Delegation

HB 352 - Authorizes and empowers the Washington County Commissioners to borrow up to $80 million to finance the cost of construction, improvement or development of specified public facilities in Washington County. Appropriations Committee. Hearing Feb. 13.

HB 356 - Adds Washington County to the list of counties in which the granting of probation before judgment to an alcoholic beverages licensee for selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to an underage individual does not bar the liquor board from proceeding administratively against the licensee for the violation. Economic Matters Committee. Hearing Feb. 19.

Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington

HB 330 - Alters the rate at which a health maintenance organization must reimburse specified health-care providers not under written contract with the HMO for specified services; repeals a requirement that an HMO disclose specified reimbursement rates to a specified health-care provider. Health and Government Operations Committee. Hearing Feb. 8.

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HB 358 - Alters the definition of "practice social work" so as to authorize a licensed certified social worker-clinical to practice social work by evaluating, diagnosing and treating specified mental and emotional conditions and impairments in addition to specified other conditions and disorders. Health and Government Operations Committee. No hearing scheduled.

HB 402 - Alters the membership of the Correctional Officers' Retirement System to include correctional case managers, who may receive a normal service retirement allowance or a deferred vested retirement allowance. Appropriations Committee. No hearing scheduled.

Sen. George C. Edwards, R-Garrett/Allegany/Washington

SB 124 - Requires Motor Vehicle Administration, in consultation with the Greater Allegany Business Foundation and the Garrett County Economic Development Corp., to develop and make available a registration plate honoring Mountain Maryland; extra fee for plates will go to the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation. Judicial Proceedings Committee. Hearing Feb. 6.

SB 174 - Includes financial institutions authorized to do business in the state in the pool of financial institutions from which the Department of the Environment may accept specified financial instruments instead of a performance bond for strip, deep or surface mining operations. Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. Hearing Feb. 13.

SB 271 - Expands the exemption from the hunting license and stamp requirement for hunting on farmland to include children who live on, work on or manage the farmland under specified circumstances. Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. No hearing scheduled.

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

SB 160 - Expands the scope of the prohibition against harassment, destruction of property and damage to specified buildings to include specified persons who are homeless. Judicial Proceedings Committee. Hearing Feb. 7.

SB 226 - Provides exceptions to the prohibition against operating or riding on a motorcycle without protective headgear. Judicial Proceedings Committee. No hearing scheduled.

SB 295 - Establishes a period of eligibility for a credit against a motor-vehicle excise tax for electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles from July 1, 2007, to July 1, 2011. Budget and Taxation Committee. No hearing scheduled.

Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington

SB 119 - Alters the compensation for investigations performed by specified deputy medical examiners so that fees are established through the state budget. Finance Committee. Hearing Feb. 8.

SB 120 - Alters the qualifications for licensure as a tree expert for a specified applicant; extends the termination date of a provision of law that relates to qualifications for licensure as a tree expert; and provides for the termination of specified provisions of the act. Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. Hearing Feb. 13.

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