ANNAPOLIS — As the clock ticks down on the General Assembly’s 2017 session, lawmakers have passed more than 500 bills that will be presented to Gov. Larry Hogan (R).

Yet hundreds more bills are poised to get a vote before the end of the 90-day session on Monday at midnight.

The House of Delegates will convene on Saturday to move bills through the chamber. The Senate is slated to return Monday morning.

Several Frederick County local bills saw final approval this week.

The salary of the Frederick County state’s attorney was increased from $154,433 to $188,777, a pay raise that will take effect after the next election in 2018.

Lawmakers have also passed a number of bills that loosen alcohol laws in the county.

The first bill would let barbershops serve beer and wine to customers, but would limit the serving size to 5 ounces.

Other liquor bills would allow liquor sales to start one hour earlier — at 10 a.m. — on Sundays and another that allows gaming events at establishments with liquor licenses during their full Sunday hours.

Another bill that received final approval changes the ratio of daily food and alcohol sales required for restaurants to keep their liquor licenses. 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.

One bill did not see success. It would have allowed cigar shops to apply for a beer, wine and liquor license, but met resistance in committee where such licenses are frowned upon.

Follow Danielle E. Gaines on Twitter: @danielleegaines.

Danielle E. Gaines covers politics and government in Frederick County, splitting her time between Winchester Hall and The State House. Having grown up in Illinois, she lived in New York and California before settling in Maryland.

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I believe a paltry $35,000/ year raise is not enough.

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