ANNAPOLIS — Several Frederick County bills advanced in Maryland’s General Assembly this week.
• Bills to increase the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s salary and extend the hours for gaming permits to match proposed expanded hours for Sunday alcohol sales in the county passed the Senate.
• A bill that extends Sunday alcohol sales by allowing them one hour earlier, at 10 a.m., separately passed the Senate and House of Delegates chambers this week.
• A measure to allow limited amounts of beer and wine to be served at barber shops passed the Senate and received preliminary approval in the House.
• A bill that changes the ratio of daily food and alcohol sales required for restaurants to keep their liquor licenses, also passed both chambers. The bill lowers the average daily receipts requirement for food to 40 percent of the restaurant’s total sales and does not apply to sales after 10 p.m.
On Friday, the House Environment and Transportation committee conducted the first hearing in that chamber on a proposed ethics reform bill supported by Republican members of the county delegation. A hearing on a separate bill supported by Democrats in the delegation has not yet been scheduled.
A Senate committee has heard testimony on both bills, but has not yet taken a vote on either measure.