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Bills of local interest

April 07, 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.

(Bill status is as of Friday afternoon. The General Assembly was scheduled to be in session on Saturday)

Bills introduced by Washington County lawmakers



Del. John P. Donoghue,D-Washington

HB 383 - Altering 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 House Appropriations Committee held hearing on Feb. 5, then bill was withdrawn.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 - Repeal provisions related to temporary licenses to practice physical therapy. Withdrawn before House Health and Government Operations Committee could hold hearing.

HB 514 - Authorizing up to $425,000 for Maryland Medbank Program. House passed 136-0 with amendments. Senate passed 45-0.

HB 551 - Expanding authority of pharmacists to administer vaccinations. House passed 137-0 with amendments. Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee gave favorable report with amendments.

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HB 594 - Require specified carriers to reimburse providers for covered health care services provided to enrollees on or after a specified date. House passed 136-0 with amendments. Senate Finance Committee gave favorable report with amendments.

HB 745 - Clarifying law enforcement powers of Hagerstown fire marshals. House passed 137-1 with amendments. Senate passed 47-0. (Cross-filed by Munson as SB 613, which was passed by the Senate 47-0 with amendments)

HB 1089 - Requiring clinical laboratories and physicians that provide anatomic pathology services to present claims, bills or demands for payment. House passed 138-0 with amendments. Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee gave favorable report with amendments.

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 gave unfavorable report.

HB 1442 - Including correctional case managers in state Correctional Officers' Retirement System. House Appropriations Committee gave unfavorable report.

HB 1517 - Repealing State Board of Physicians' authority to place respiratory care practitioners on inactive status and issue temporary licenses to respiratory care practitioners. House passed 138-0 with amendments. Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee held hearing April 2.

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

SB 223 - Adding 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 held hearing on Feb. 27, then bill was withdrawn.

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

SB 111 - Extend hate-crimes protection to homeless people. Senate passed 40-4. House Judiciary Committee held hearing on March 27.

SB 819 - Requiring Department of Budget and Management to have searchable Web site for state financial assistance and expenditures of more than $25,000. Senate passed 47-0. (House approved cross-filed version of bill 137-0 with amendments)

SB 944 - Prohibiting the governor, after proclaiming a state of emergency, from authorizing the seizure of a firearm or ammunition from someone lawfully carrying or possessing the firearm or ammunition. A police officer may disarm someone if there is reason to believe it is "immediately necessary" to protect someone else. Judicial Proceedings Committee held hearing on March 18.

SB 977 - Establishing a Maryland Clean Energy Center as a clearinghouse for information. Senate passed 44-1. House Economic Matters Committee was scheduled to hold hearing on April 4. (House approved cross-filed version of bill 127-10 with amendments and Senate approved it 45-1 with amendments)

SJ 4 - A Senate joint resolution to encourage support for democratic and economic freedoms in Cuba. Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee held hearing on March 20.

Sen. Donald F. Munson,R-Washington

SB 161 - Change 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. (Cross-filed by Donoghue in House as HB 911)

SB 162 - Request for up to $125,000 for improvements at The Maryland Theatre. Senate Budget and Taxation Committee did not approve funding. (Cross-filed by Donoghue in House as HB 386. House Appropriations Committee approved $125,000)

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