Carroll County delegation to hold annual public hearing on proposed legislation Jan. 22

The Carroll County delegation will hold its annual public hearing on proposed county legislation at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.

The meeting will take place in the Reagan Room of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St. in Westminster, and residents are encouraged to attend to hear the presentations.


The delegation will be discussing possible Carroll County-specific bill requests for the 2019 Maryland General Assembly legislative session. These legislative requests are ones made by the Board of County Commissioners, local nonprofit organizations and individual delegation members.

Requests from the community include a legislative bond bill by the Boys & Girls Club of Westminster, and instant lottery machines by the Board of County Commissioners on behalf of the Elks.

Requests from the BOCC include public facilities bonds and a repeal of Sunday prohibition of gaming events, including raffles, after 1 a.m. Sunday.

Requests from elected officials include legislation on home bingo games by Del. Haven Shoemaker, and a turf field bond initiative.

Proposals from the Board of License Commissioners include an alteration to liquor license applications — to remove the requirement for an applicant to submit a petition of support; making it so on- and off-premise consumption of alcoholic beverages at Class D [beer- and wine- serving] establishments be changed so it is at the discretion of the liquor board; and repealing the requirement Class BC [beer-, wine- and liquor-serving] licensees must provide food with the alcoholic beverages at catered events.

“What they’re saying is, if you buy a bottle of wine in the [tea room] and don’t finish the bottle, you can take it with you, and you may purchase another bottle,” said David Brauning, chairman of the liquor board at the mid-December commissioner-delegation meeting.

He also said the last suggestion, for alcoholic beverages at catered events, it would allow for separate caterers to bring food, rather than those that bring alcohol.

“The main point is that food has to be available,” said Brauning.

For those not able to attend the Tuesday meeting in person, public comment on any 2019 legislative issues can be shared through email by contacting or