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March 13, 2013

ANNAPOLIS — House panel backs online learning bill
An amended version of a bill that would require the Maryland Advisory Council for Virtual Learning to study the feasibility of a compulsory online course in high schools or a course combining digital content with traditional classroom learning has received a positive vote from the House Ways and Means Committee.
The bill was filed in the Senate by Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, and in the House of Delegates by Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington.
A senate committee hearing on the bill was held last month.
The original bill that was filed required students to take an online course to graduate from high school but the bill was amended after opposition to it from the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland State Education Association among other organizations.

 
Tax enticement for tech companies endorsed by House panel
A Washington County delegation bill enabling the county to enter into agreements with technology related businesses to let them make payments in lieu of personal property taxes (PILOTs) has passed a vote in the House Ways and Means Committee.
The bill, cross-filed in the senate by Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, is an attempt to attract and retain technology related companies to Washington County.
PILOTs allow a company to spread out its property tax burden over a number of years instead of being taxed a substantial amount in its initial years of operation.
The bill has also passed a senate committee vote and passed a second reading in the Senate.

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