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Bills of local interest

February 04, 2008

Editor's note: This is a list of local bills and resolutions introduced during the Maryland General Assembly's 2008 regular session. For more information, go to http://mlis.state.md.us and click on "Bill Information and Status." Go to the "Bill Number" box to search for the bill.

Bills introduced by Washington County lawmakers

Washington County delegation

HB 634 - Requires Washington County's liquor board to get annual audit and provide copies to board and members of the delegation. Assigned to House Economic Matters Committee on Feb. 1.

HB 637 - Alters certain record-keeping and filing duties of county clerk. Assigned to House Environmental Matters Committee on Feb. 1.

HB 639 - Requires Washington County Commissioners, rather than governor, to fill vacancies on Washington County Board of Education. Assigned to House Ways and Means Committee on Feb. 1.

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Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington

HB 383 - Alters formula for computing retirement allowance of members of Correctional Officers' Retirement System. House Appropriations Committee to hold hearing on Feb. 5.

HB 384 - Repeals provisions related to temporary licenses to practice physical therapy. House Health and Government Operations Committee to hold hearing on Feb. 20.

HB 514 - Authorizes up to $425,000 for Maryland Medbank Program. House Health and Government Operations Committee to hold hearing on Feb. 14.

HB 551 - Expands the authority of pharmacists to administer vaccinations. Assigned to House Health and Government Operations Committee on Jan. 31.

HB 594 - Requires specified carriers to reimburse providers for covered health-care services provided to enrollees on or after a specified date. Assigned to House Health and Government Operations Committee on Jan. 31.

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

SB 223 - Adds certified housing development organizations to list of entities that may own rental housing financed by Partnership Rental Housing Program of the Department of Housing and Community Development. Assigned to Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee on Jan. 23.

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

SB 111 - Extends hate-crimes protection to homeless people. Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee held hearing Jan. 30.

Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington

SB 161 - Changes recipient of previous state funding for Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown from mayor and city council to board of directors of Hagerstown Neighborhood Development Partnership Inc. Senate Budget and Taxation Committee held hearing Jan. 30.

SB 162 - Requests up to $125,000 for improvements at The Maryland Theatre. Assigned to Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on Jan. 18. (Cross-filed by Donoghue in House as HB 386)

SB 163 - Requests up to $250,000 for improvements to Springfield Barn in Williamsport. Assigned to Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on Jan. 18.

SB 164 - Requests up to $150,000 for improvements at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Assigned to Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on Jan. 18. (Cross-filed by Donoghue in House as HB 385)

SB 228 - Requests to extend deadline to 2010 for board of directors of Discovery Station in Hagerstown to provide evidence of $30,000 matching fund for $50,000 state grant it received in 2006. Senate Budget and Taxation Committee held hearing Jan. 30.

SB 420 - Requests to extend deadline to 2010 for board of directors of Hagerstown YMCA to present evidence of a matching fund for $400,00 state grant it received in 2006. Assigned to Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on Jan. 31.

Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington

HB 424 - Authorizes the state prosecutor to subpoena witnesses and evidence under certain circumstances. House Judiciary Committee to hold hearing on Feb. 26.

HB 425 - Authorizes a court to admit evidence of a defendant's conviction for a specified separate act of sexual misconduct involving a minor in the defendant's trial for a crime involving a sexual offense to a minor. House Judiciary Committee to hold hearing on Feb. 21.

HB 426 - Increases maximum penalty for child abuse resulting in death from 30 years in prison to life in prison. House Judiciary Committee to hold hearing on Feb. 21.

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

HB 632 - Requires Motor Vehicle Administration to suspend driving privileges of someone who is at least 30 days behind compliance of a child support order and has received three driver's license suspension notices within two years. House Judiciary Committee to hold hearing on Feb. 14.

Also of local interest:

Del. Kevin Kelly, D-Allegany

HB 608 - Prohibits Public Service Commission from approving an energy-saving program by a utility company, in which customers are billed for a product or service unless customers consent. Assigned to House Economic Matters Committee on Jan. 31 (Cross-filed by Edwards in Senate as SB 417)

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