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Bills of local interest

February 10, 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. House Economic Matters Committee to hold hearing on Feb. 18.

HB 637 - Alters certain record-keeping and filing duties of county clerk. House Environmental Matters Committee on March 5.

HB 639 - Requires Washington County Commissioners, rather than governor, to fill vacancies on Washington County Board of Education. House Ways and Means Committee to hold hearing on Feb. 27.

HB 770 - Raises limit from $25,000 to $50,000 for contracts that must be put out to bid. Assigned to Health and Government Operations Committee on Feb. 4.

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HB 878 - The compensation of members of Board of Electrical Examiners and Supervisors shall be set by Washington County Commissioners. Requires commissioners to set regulations for examining and licensing electricians. House Economic Matters Committee to hold hearing on Feb. 14.

HB 1080 - Adds Washington County to a list of counties in which the county meets with municipalities to discuss tax money returned to the municipalities for services they provide. Assigned to House Ways and Means Committee on Feb. 7.

HB 1083 - Gives county commissioners power to require that sidewalks along public streets be maintained, except in incorporated municipalities. Also, county commissioners may adopt regulations for removing snow and ice from sidewalks. Assigned to House Environmental Matters Committee on Feb. 7.

HB 1084 - Lets a state agency intercept income-tax refunds of former tenants who owe money to housing authorities in Washington County. Assigned to House Environmental Matters Committee on Feb. 7.

HB 1085 - Requires special permits for certain large events. Assigned to House Environmental Matters Committee on Feb. 7.

HB 1087 - Allows sidewalk cafs to serve alcohol in Hagerstown and allows catering businesses to serve alcohol off-site. House Economic Matters Committee to hold hearing on Feb. 18.

HB 1115 - Establishes new building excise tax structure for Washington County. Assigned to House Ways and Means Committee on Feb. 7.

Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington

HB 383 - Alters formula for computing retirement allowance of members of Correctional Officers' Retirement System. House Appropriations Committee held 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 authority of pharmacists to administer vaccinations. House Health and Government Operations Committee to hold hearing on March 5.

HB 594 - Requires specified carriers to reimburse providers for covered health-care services provided to enrollees on or after a specified date. House Health and Government Operations Committee to hold hearing on Feb. 14.

HB 745 - Clarifies law enforcement powers of Hagerstown fire marshals. Hearing to be held on Housing Judiciary Committee on Feb. 13 (Cross-filed by Munson as SB 613.)

HB 1089 - Requires clinical laboratories and physicians that provide anatomic pathology services to present claims, bills or demands for payment. Assigned to House Health and Government Operations Committee on Feb. 7.

HB 1179 - The owner of a motor vehicle involved in a violation related to fleeing or eluding police can face civil fine of up to $100. Assigned to House Environmental Matters Committee on Feb. 8.

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.

Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington

HB 1121 - Requires a servicer of certain mortgages to maintain Web site for receiving mortgage payments electronically, without charging transaction fee. Assigned to House Economic Matters Committee on Feb. 7.

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

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

SB 819 - Requires Department of Budget and Management to have searchable Web site for state financial assistance and expenditures of more than $25,000. Assigned to Senate Rules Committee on Feb. 8.

Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington

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