Frederick County alcohol bills clear Md. Senate 

A bill that would allow country inns to serve alcohol even in Frederick County's dry or beer-only districts passed the Maryland Senate on Tuesday. The proposal that would permit the issuance of the country inn licenses in districts like Burkittsville passed the chamber unanimously. This type of license authorizes the inns to offer beer, wine and liquor to guests or when hosting banquets or meetings. (News-Post)

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Carroll commissioners judge importance of capital projects

What is more important to a Carroll County commissioner — renovating a school or building a new detention center? That was the kind of question the county commissioners asked themselves during Tuesday’s three-hour meeting at the Bear Branch Nature Center in Westminster. The purpose of the meeting was for the commissioners to consider what capital improvement projects were more or less important to them leading up to the Fiscal Year 2015 budget discussions. (Carr. Co. Times)

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First turf fields at Anne Arundel parks coming to Kinder Farm

The first artificial turf fields at Anne Arundel County parks should be installed by the end of the spring sports season. Once the snow melts, Anne Arundel County will begin converting two multipurpose grass fields at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville into all-weather turf, Recreation and Parks Director Rick Anthony said Tuesday. The fields in Kinder Farm Park are part of a nearly $2 million countywide project that will build two other turf fields in the western or northern part of the county in the next few years, Anthony said. (Capital)

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Sunday deer-hunting bill clears Senate

The Maryland Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow Sunday deer hunting in Frederick County. The proposal would enable the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to allow deer hunting on certain Sundays from October through part of January. The bill applies to Frederick, Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties.  (News-Post)

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Hagerstown City Council delays action on crime-free housing measure

Faced with continuing concerns among council members, Mayor David S. Gysberts announced at the start of a Hagerstown City Council meeting Tuesday night that he had decided to remove from the agenda crime-free housing legislation the body was slated to approve. But Gysberts said the legislation “still is on track to be passed.” The council will discuss further revisions to the controversial legislation, which originally was proposed late last year, at a work session Tuesday, with plans to approve it during a special session on March 11, Gysberts said. (Herald-Mail)

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Montgomery councilman wants to improve county's snow removal plans

Nearly two weeks after Montgomery County’s biggest snowfall of the year, the issue of how to remove all that snow continues to generate discussion among the Montgomery County Council. Councilman Hans Riemer is trying to gather support among his colleagues for a proposal to improve the county’s plans for removing snow from sidewalks after winter storms. (Gazette)

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Feb. 25 // Maryland Maternity Access Coalition Seeks Statewide Injured Baby Fund

A new coalition comprised of citizens, organizations and health providers say they believe Maryland's "worsening litigation environment" is creating a growing risk that hospitals and doctors could be forced to reduce access to care. "A similar situation has already occurred over the last decade in Pennsylvania, where Philadelphia-area hospitals closed their birthing centers due to the high costs of medical liability," The Maryland Maternity Access Coalition said.  A poll of nearly 800 voters conducted by OpinionWorks found that voters support a birth injury fund by a 64%-to-21% margin. Additionally, the poll found that 66% of voters believe it is fair that of families give up their right to sue a doctor and a hospital in exchange for being guaranteed an award from the fund. (WBFF)

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136 Montgomery employees made at least $40,000 each in overtime last year

A total of 136 Montgomery County employees, mostly firefighters and corrections officers, earned at least $40,000 each in overtime pay last year, according to new data posted on the county government’s Web site. In 2012, 94 county workers received $40,000 or more each in overtime pay. In some instances included in the 2013 data, employees’ overtime far exceeded their total base pay. Montgomery officials defend the overtime outlay, saying it is a lower-cost alternative to hiring new full-time employees, with expensive benefits, to fill empty positions day to day. (Wash. Post)

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