Local bills part of O'Malley's latest signing session

May 25, 2010

On Thursday, several bills sponsored by members of Washington County's delegation to the General Assembly were among those signed by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. They include (with local sponsors' names in parentheses):

  • Frederick County may enact laws to allow dogs in restaurants' outdoor dining areas (Sen. Alex X. Mooney)

  • A local governing body may have a preference-based system for procurement in public-school construction (Sen. George C. Edwards)

  • A contract between health insurance carriers and clinically integrated organizations may have certain payment provisions (Del. John D. Donoghue and Sen. Donald F. Munson)

  • The distribution of slot machine proceeds for Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort will change (Edwards)

  • Setting the terms for Washington County employing and paying one or more county attorneys (Washington County delegation)

  • Applicants for Washington County emergency communications center jobs may be required to take a lie- detector test (Washington County delegation)

  • Repealing obsolete provisions from the county's local laws pertaining to financial aid to factories (Washington County delegation)

  • Increasing the maximum amount from $50,000 to $100,000 before bidding is required for certain public-improvement-project contracts (Washington County delegation)

  • Former prisoners of war or service-disabled veterans who have a complimentary lifetime angler's license may catch or possess trout in nontidal state waters without a trout stamp (Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr.)

  • Washington County may enter into certain contracts for professional or technical services without soliciting bids (Washington County delegation)

  • Changing the process of studying Washington County salaries (Washington County delegation)

  • Municipalities may create land bank authorities that acquire, rehabilitate, own, sell or transfer properties (Myers)

    -- Andrew Schotz

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