Carroll County Delegates approved 10 pieces of local legislation Friday, including bills that would allow charitable organizations to host casino night fundraisers, increase the salaries of the sheriff and orphans' court judges, and increase alcohol license fees.
The proposed bills will now be assigned to a House committee before any are brought to the House floor for a vote.
The four-member House Delegation made few changes to the bills, which had been proposed and discussed in recent months.
A preamble was added to the bill repealing a section of law that requires the Board of License Commissioners to pay 25 percent of license fees to the incorporated town in which the business is located. The addition states that these funds should be used to better enforce laws against underage drinking.
Delegates also amended a bill that would increase the liquor license fees over three years to provide funding for an additional part-time inspector for underage liquor sales compliance by the county liquor board.
Instead of a $500 fee on Class D beer and beer and wine licenses, delegates decided on a $250 fee without a three-year phase in.
The county's Senate Delegation has not yet voted on proposed local legislation.
The House Delegation also unanimously agreed Friday to sign two pieces of requested statewide legislation.
The first would exempt counties from implementing a stormwater management fee if the county is in compliance with its permits and has a designated funding source for stormwater projects.
The second, proposed by Commissioner Richard Rothschild, would require governmental and quasi-governmental agencies and organizations to publicize meeting agendas prior to a scheduled meeting date.
The complete list of local bills approved by the delegation Friday includes:
• A bill that would enable charitable organizations to host card game or casino night fundraisers
• A bill to raise the county Sheriff's salary from $75,910 to $90,000 in 2015
• A bill to that would cover the county's Industrial Development Authority under the Local Government Tort Claims Act, thus lowering the authority's cost of insurance
• The county's annual public facilities bond request
• A bill raising the salary of Orphan's Court judges from $10,000 to $15,000 and to $16,500 for the chief judge
• A bill allowing establishments with an off-sale retail alcohol beverage license to sell draft beer in refillable containers, commonly called growlers
• A bill repealing a section of law that requires the Board of License Commissioners to pay 25 percent of license fees to the incorporated town in which the business is located
• A bill increasing the liquor license fees over three years to provide funding for an additional part-time inspector for underage liquor sales compliance by the county liquor board.
• A bond request from the Arc of Carroll County for $500,000 to put toward its planned $2.5 million renovation of the building on Kriders Church Road
• A bill increasing civil and criminal fees for appearance of counsel from $10 to $20 to provide funding for the public law libraryCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun