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Bills of local interest

February 24, 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 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 held hearing on Feb. 18.

HB 637 - Alters certain record-keeping and filing duties of county clerk. House Environmental Matters Committee to hold hearing 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.

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HB 770 - Raises limit from $25,000 to $50,000 for contracts that must be put out to bid. Health and Government Operations Committee to hold hearing on March 10.

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 held 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. House Ways and Means Committee to hold hearing on March 19.

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. House Environmental Matters Committee to hold hearing on March 12.

HB 1084 - Lets a state agency intercept income-tax refunds of former tenants who owe money to housing authorities in Washington County. House Environmental Matters Committee to hold hearing on March 12.

HB 1085 - Requires special permits for certain large events. House Environmental Matters Committee on March 12.

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

HB 1115 - Establishes new building excise tax structure for Washington County. House Ways and Means Committee to hold hearing on March 19.

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, then bill was withdrawn.

HB 384 - Repeals provisions related to temporary licenses to practice physical therapy. Withdrawn before House Health and Government Operations Committee could hold hearing.

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

HB 745 - Clarifies law enforcement powers of Hagerstown fire marshals. Housing Judiciary Committee held hearing 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. House Health and Government Operations Committee to hold hearing on March 10.

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. House Environmental Matters Committee to hold hearing on March 4.

HB 1442 - Includes correctional case managers in state Correctional Officers' Retirement System. Assigned to House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee on Feb. 13.

HB 1517 - Repeals State Board of Physicians' authority to place respiratory care practitioners on inactive status and issue temporary licenses to respiratory care practitioners. Assigned to House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee on Feb. 20.

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. Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee to hold hearing on Feb. 27.

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

SB 111 - Extends hate-crimes protection to homeless people. Passed by Senate, 40-4, on Feb. 21. House version was heard by Judiciary Committee on Feb. 13.

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