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Bills of local interest

April 10, 2010

Editor's note: This is a partial list of local bills and resolutions introduced in the Maryland General Assembly by Washington County lawmakers during the 2010 regular session. For more information, go to mlis.state.md.us.

Washington County delegation



HB 397 - Adds the Washington County Community Action Council Inc. to the list of entities included in the definition of "local government" for the purposes of the Local Government Tort Claims Act. Heard Feb. 24 by the Judiciary Committee, which gave it an unfavorable report.

HB 399 - Establishes a beer tasting license in Washington County for holders of specified alcoholic beverage licenses in the county. The Board of License Commissioners would regulate when a tasting may be held. Passed by the House, 137-0. Heard April 8 by the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

HB 452 - Addresses the authority of the Washington County Commissioners to hire and set salaries for county attorneys. Passed by the House, 139-0. Heard March 30 by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Different version passed the Senate, 47-0. Needs to be reconciled.

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HB 453 - Allows for the polygraph testing of those who apply for employment at the Washington County Emergency Communications Center. Passed by the House, 139-0. Different version passed by the Senate 47-0. Needs to be reconciled.

HB 454 - Repeals provisions of law pertaining to limitations on the authority of the County Commissioners of Washington County to provide aid to specified factory businesses in Washington County. Passed by the House, 139-0. Different version passed by the Senate, 46-0. Needs to be reconciled.

HB 458 - Increases from $50,000 to $100,000 the maximum amount of specified contracts for specified public improvements into which the County Commissioners of Washington County are authorized to enter without advertising for bids. This bill applies to projects in which another entity takes the lead. Passed by the House, 139-0. Different version passed by the Senate, 47-0. Needs to be reconciled.

HB 734 - Addresses the function of the Washington County Advisory School Design Review Committee. Requires the Washington County Board of Education to take into account the committee's comments. Passed by the House, 139-0. Different version passed by the Senate, 47-0. Needs to be reconciled.

HB 837 - Exempts specified procurement expenditures for professional or technical services for Washington County from the requirements for procurement expenditures of more than $50,000. Passed the House, 141-0. Heard April 6 by the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, which gave it a favorable report.

HB 966 - Addresses the Washington County Salary Study Commission and requires the Washington County Commissioners to set specified salaries within a specified period of time. Repeals the requirement that the commissioners submit recommendations to the legislative delegation. Passed by the House, 139-0. Heard April 1 by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, which gave it a favorable report with amendments.

HB 967 - Exempts Washington County from the standard fee-in-lieu rate. Requires Washington County, in consultation with the Department of Natural Resources and the Washington County Soil Conservation District, to establish fee-in-lieu rates to be paid into the Washington County Forest Conservation Fund. Heard March 23 by the Environmental Matters Committee. No action.

HB 977 - Alters the definition of a "local government" under the Local Government Tort Claims Act to include a specified nonprofit corporation in Washington County. Heard Feb. 24 by the Judiciary Committee, which gave it an unfavorable report. Withdrawn.

HB 1057 - Authorizes the creation of a state debt not to exceed $75,000, the proceeds to be used as a grant to the board of directors of the Washington County Agricultural Education Center Inc. for the construction and capital equipping of the Rural Heritage Transportation Museum in Boonsboro. Heard March 13 by the Appropriations Committee. Cross-filed with SB 486.

HB 1336 - Authorizes Washington County to implement a global positioning satellite tracking system pilot program that will require, as a condition of a defendant's pretrial release on a charge of violating a protective order, that a court order the defendant be supervised by electronic monitoring as a condition of bail. Passed by the House, with amendments, 140-0. Heard April 7 by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington



HB 170 - Authorizes the creation of a state debt not to exceed $250,000, the proceeds to be used as a grant to the board of directors of Deafnet Association Inc. for the design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction and capital equipping of the Deafnet building in Hagerstown. Heard March 13 by the Appropriations Committee. Cross-filed with SB 487.

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