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Senate Delegation to meet with Carroll commissioners

Members of the Carroll County Senate Delegation will meet with the Board of County Commissioners Jan. 23 to discuss the proposed legislative package.

The previously scheduled meeting in December was canceled due to inclement weather.

The Senate Delegation has already pre-filed two local bills, including the charitable gaming and raising court fees bills.

These bills would enable charitable organizations to host card game or casino night fundraisers and increase civil and criminal fees for appearance of counsel in court from $10 to $20 to provide funding for the public law library.

The gaming bill has a hearing scheduled for Jan.22 in the Senate budget and tax committee, while the counsel fees bill has a hearing scheduled for Jan. 21 in the judicial proceedings committee.

The Carroll House Delegation voted Jan. 10 to approve all pieces of local legislation, including the gaming and counsel fees bills.

The Senate Delegation will be hosting its annual public hearing on the proposed legislative package Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. The hearing will take place inside the public hearing room of the Carroll County Government Office Building in Westminster.

Citizens are invited to hear the presentation on the legislation and provide testimony on the proposals.

In addition to the gaming and counsel fees bills, local legislation includes:

• 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

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