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Washington County bills of local interest

April 12, 2008

Editor's note: This is a list of local bills and resolutions introduced during the Maryland General Assembly's 2008 regular session with their final status. 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 that do not directly pertain to Washington County are not listed.

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 passed 138-0. Senate passed 47-0. Signed into law by the governor.

HB 637 -- Alters certain record-keeping and filing duties of county clerk. House passed 133-0. Senate passed 47-0. Signed into law by the governor.

HB 639 -- Requires Washington County Commissioners, rather than governor, to fill vacancies on Washington County Board of Education. House passed 131-0 with amendments. Senate passed 47-0.

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HB 770 -- Raises limit from $25,000 to $50,000 for contracts that must be put out to bid. House passed 137-0. Senate passed 47-0.

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 passed 132-0. Senate passed 47-0.

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. Died in House Ways and Means Committee.

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 passed 134-0. Senate passed 47-0.

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

HB 1085 -- Requires special permits for certain large events. House passed 138-0 with amendments. Senate passed 47-0. Signed into law by the governor.

HB 1087 -- Allows sidewalk cafés to serve alcohol in Hagerstown and allows catering businesses to serve alcohol off-site. Passed 136-0 by House. Passed 46-0 by Senate with amendments. House agreed to Senate amendments.

HB 1115 -- Establishes new building excise tax structure for Washington County. House passed 126-11 with amendments. Senate passed 44-2.

HB 1599 -- Washington County may cause a road to be surveyed, may prohibit people from parking unregistered vehicles in certain places and may prohibit certain commercial trucks from parking in residential neighborhoods. Amendment added requiring Washington County to do an economic impact study before closing Funkstown bridge on East Oak Ridge Drive. House Environmental Matters Committee gave favorable report to bill and amendment, but it was sent back to committee, where it died, after delegation and county commissioners reached a compromise on amendment.

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 passed 136-0. Senate passed 45-0.

HB 551 -- Expands authority of pharmacists to administer vaccinations. House passed 137-0 with amendments. Senate passed 46-0 with amendments. House agreed to Senate amendments.

HB 594 -- Requires 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 passed 47-0 with amendments.

HB 745 -- Clarifies 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 47-0 by the Senate with amendments and 139-0 by the House with amendments)

HB 1089 -- Requires clinical laboratories and physicians that provide anatomic pathology services to present claims, bills or demands for payment. House passed 138-0 with amendments. Senate passed 46-0 with amendments. House agreed to Senate 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 -- Includes correctional case managers in state Correctional Officers' Retirement System. House Appropriations Committee gave unfavorable report.

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