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St. Mary’s County Local Bills

April 17, 2017 by Office of Senator Steve Waugh | Filed under News.

St. Mary’s Local Bills: 18/18

  • Debt Package

The package gives the Commissioners the accountability to manage MetCom debt, gives them the $26.3 million debt authority that they requested, while at the same time responsibly limits County debt in the future.

MetCom made a number of puzzling decisions in borrowing over the last few years, and their debt is guaranteed by the full faith and credit of the County. The Commissioners review MetCom’s Operating Budget and must approve their Capital Budget, but missed those mistakes for years. In the future, MetCom will need a full BoCC hearing and vote for every new loan.

The Delegation authorized $26 million more for any remaining priorities in their last 2 years, and as a compromise the Commissioners agreed to $500,000 of tax relief for the County.

In 2005 a bond bill passed the Legislature with a huge drafting error that more than doubled the County debt limit and struck legally required language. Although the County was unaware of the mistakes in their own laws, when the Delegation found it the State’s Attorney General required us to submit legislation to fix it. While fixing this we made sure the County’s debt limit includes all the debt made against the good faith and credit of the County, which includes MetCom.

SB735 / HB914 St. Mary’s County – MetCom Authority to Borrow Money
SB736 / HB892 St. Mary’s County – Public Facility Bonds
SB737 / HB1055 St. Mary’s County – Indebtedness – Limitations


  • 10 Repeals

Lots of people ask if we ever get rid of old laws, and this year we got rid of ten archaic local laws that have been pre-empted by State law.

SB394 / HB243 St. Mary’s County – Auditing Requirements – Repeal
SB163 / HB208 St. Mary’s County – Electricians and Board of Electrical Examiners – Repeal
SB102 / HB109 St. Mary’s County – Farm Fences – Repeal
SB103 / HB187 St. Mary’s County – Foxes and Hounds – Repeal of Provisions
SB234 / HB404 St. Mary’s County – Land Records – Repeal
SB101 / HB194 St. Mary’s County – Licensing and Operation of Amusement Devices – Repeal
SB140 / HB207 St. Mary’s County – Local Plumbing Code – Repeal
SB162 / HB163 St. Mary’s County – Mobile Home Parks – Repeal
SB297 / HB431 St. Mary’s County – Tax Exemptions – Repeal of Local Provisions
SB124 / HB209 St. Mary’s County – Vocational Training Facility – Repeal


  • 5 New Local Laws

We made changes to dog tags, an update to salaries for some elected officials (after the next election), and a change to classification of some personnel at MetCom that should help them attract and retain the best people.  We also created 2 new types of local liquor licenses requested by the City of Leonardtown.

SB104 / HB108 St. Mary’s County – Regulation of Animals – Dogs
SB298 / HB682 St. Mary’s County – Sheriff, County Treasurer, and State’s Attorney – Salaries
SB395 / HB679 St. Mary’s County – Metropolitan Commission – Personnel
HB0526 St. Mary’s County – Alcoholic Beverages – Art Establishment License
HB0538 St. Mary’s County – Alcoholic Beverages – Beauty Salon License

Senator Steve Waugh
2W Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-841-3673 | 301-858-3673 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3673
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