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Bills of local interest

April 15, 2007

Editor's note: This is a list of the final results of local bills introduced in the Maryland General Assembly during the 2007 regular session. For more information, go to mlis.state.ms.us and click on "Bill Information and Status."

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. Passed on third and final reading by House (134-0). Passed with amendments on third and final reading by Senate (47-0). House approved Senate version (138-0).

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. Passed on third and final reading by House (133-0). Passed on third and final reading by Senate (47-0).

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HB 707 - Seeks $300,000 for Brook Lane Health Services for constructing and equipping a gymnasium. (Cross-filed by Munson in Senate as SB 724.) Was not included in budget by House or Senate.

HB 722 - Legalizes the 2007 edition of the Code of Public Local Laws of Washington County, being Article 22 of the Code of Public Local Laws of Maryland, published under the direction of the Washington County Commissioners; makes provisions for the publication, sale and distribution of the code. Passed on third and final reading with amendments by House (137-0). Passed on third and final reading by Senate (47-0).

HB 725 - Permits the Central Collection Unit to assume responsibility for the collection of a delinquent account or debt that is owed to a housing authority in Washington County under specified circumstances. Died in Environmental Matters Committee.

HB 726 - Authorizes the commanding officer to designate to the sheriff of Washington County in writing up to 20 members of a fire or ambulance company to serve as fire police in Washington County; requires the sheriff to appoint fire police from the list. Passed on third and final reading by House (137-0). Passed on third and final reading by Senate (47-0).

HB 753 - Authorizes the Washington County Commissioners to provide that violations of specified civil offenses may be prosecuted in a specified manner; requires the commissioners to adopt ordinances and provide members of the Washington County delegation with copies of proposed ordinances prior to exercising a specified authority. Passed on third and final reading by House (137-0). Passed on third and final reading by Senate (47-0).

HB 830 - Establishes a referendum on a Task Force to Study the Electoral Process for Members Serving on the Washington County Board of Education; specifies the membership and duties of the task force, which must issue a report on school board election districts to the Washington County delegation by Dec. 31, 2009. Unfavorable report by Ways and Means Committee.

HB 1113 - Seeks $200,000 as a grant for the planning, design and repair of the C&O Canal National Historical Park's Big Slackwater section. (Cross-filed by Munson in Senate as SB 818.) Included by Senate in budget, but cut to $100,000.

HB 1355 - Authorizes the Washington County Commissioners to alter the building excise tax on residential construction for fiscal year 2008. Favorable report by Ways and Means Committee. Passed with amendments on third and final reading by House (131-7). Passed on third and final reading by Senate (44-2).

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. Passed by Finance Committee. Passed on third and final reading by Senate (47-0). Passed on third and final reading by House (138-0). Signed into law by governor.

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. Died in Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

SB 472 - Requires that a petition for emergency evaluation be confidential, only to be divulged by order of the court for good cause shown. Favorable report by Finance Committee. Passed with amendments on third and final reading by Senate (47-0). Passed on third and final reading by House (140-0).

SB 473 - Requires an application for a Class A light wine license to contain a statement that the applicant has been a resident of the state for the two years immediately preceding the filing of the application. Died in Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

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

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