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Bills of local interest

April 18, 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.

HB 452 - Addresses the authority of the Washington County Commissioners to hire and set salaries for county attorneys. Passed.

HB 453 - Allows for the polygraph testing of those who apply for employment at the Washington County Emergency Communications Center. Passed.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Cross-filed with SB 486. $75,000 added into capital budget from Senate.

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.

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. $50,000 was secured for the project from both the House and Senate.

HB 325 - Authorizes the State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners to send license renewal notices by electronic mail. Alters the amount of the maximum penalty from $5,000 to $10,000 for any violation of the laws relating to the licensure and regulation of physical therapists and the practice of physical therapy. Passed by the House, 139-1. Passed by the Senate, 47-0. Cross-filed with SB 485. Did not pass. A conference committee did not meet in time to reconcile amendments.

HB 1093 - Authorizes specified health insurance carriers to pay a clinically integrated organization or its members for services associated with the coordination of covered medical services to specified qualifying individuals. Authorizes the carriers to pay a clinically integrated organization or its members a bonus, fee-based incentive, bundled fees or other incentives. Passed.

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