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Carroll delegation bills in limbo as crossover day looms

A number of Carroll County bills remain in limbo as "Crossover Day," the deadline for when legislation can be approved in one chamber of the Maryland General Assembly and cross over to the other, comes Monday.

The Carroll County Delegations to the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate have proposed numerous bills favored by local organizations, officials and representatives. Those bills include legislation raising alcohol license fees for businesses, raising salaries for the sheriff and Orphans' Court judges and allowing for growler beer fills.

A number of the bills have been cross-filed by the House and Senate delegations. The majority of the Carroll County Senate Delegation bills have been passed in the Senate but have been hung up in the House. Most of the Carroll County House Delegation bills are awaiting hearings or are not yet passed by the full chamber.

The 90-day legislative session in Annapolis ends April 7.

Here is a breakdown of the delegation bills and their status by Friday:

House Bill 156 and Senate Bill 560

Increasing the fees for specified beer, beer and light wine, and beer, wine and liquor licenses in Carroll County in a specified manner.

HB Status: Received favorable report by House Economic Matters Committee

SB Status: Passed the Senate, first reading in the House Economic Matters Committee

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HB 158 and SB 37

Proposed legislation seeks to amend the state's criminal law article in Carroll to allow certain qualified organizations to sponsor card games and casino nights for charitable purposes.

HB status: Received favorable report by the House Ways and Means Committee

SB status: Passed the Senate, awaiting hearing in House Ways and Means Committee

HB 181 and SB 40

Increasing specified appearance of counsel fees collected or charged by the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Carroll County from $10 to $20.

HB status: Awaiting hearing in House Judiciary Committee

SB status: Passed the Senate, awaiting hearing in House Judiciary Committee

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HB 182 and SB 557

Requiring that the Sheriff of Carroll County receive an annual salary of $90,000 beginning on December 1, 2014.

HB status: Second reading in the House

SB status: Passed the Senate, awaiting hearing in the House Environmental Matters Committee

HB 183 and SB 558

Altering the definition of a "local government" under the Local Government Tort Claims Act to include the nonprofit corporation serving as the industrial development authority in Carroll County.

HB status: Awaiting hearing in House Judiciary Committee

SB status: Passed the Senate, awaiting hearing in the House Judicial Committee

HB 210 and SB 561

Authorizing the Carroll County Board of License Commissioners to create and issue the permit for certain alcohol license holders to fill growlers.

HB status: Awaiting hearing in the House Environmental Matters Committee

SB status: Awaiting hearing in the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee

HB 211 and SB 556

Increasing the salary of each judge of the Orphans' Court for Carroll County to $15,000 and increasing the annual salary of the Chief Judge of the Orphans' Court for Carroll County to $16,500.

HB status: Passed the House, first reading in the Senate Judiciary Preceedings Committee

SB status: Passed the Senate, awaiting hearing in the House Judiciary Committee

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HB 360

Repealing a provision of law requiring the Carroll County Board of Commissioners to pay 25 percent of the alcoholic beverages license fees collected from places of business in the county to the municipalities in which the business are located.

Status: Withdrawn

HB 369 and SB 559

Authorizing the creation of a $500,000 grant for The Arc Carroll County Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction and capital equipping of its building.

HB status: Awaiting hearing in the House Appropriations Committee

SB status: Awaiting hearing in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee

HB 545 and SB 555

Authorizing the Carroll County Board of Commissioners to sell $20 million in bonds to fund capital improvement projects.

HB status: Passed the House, now in the Senate

SB status: Passed the Senate, awaiting hearing in the House Appropriations Committee

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