Delegates To Weigh Campaign Contributions Bill

October 30, 1991|By James M. Coram | James M. Coram,Staff writer

Developers who make campaign contributions to Zoning Board members would have to note those gifts in board records under a bill before the county's Annapolis delegation.

The delegation will have a joint hearing on this and 12 other bills next Wednesday night in the countyoffice building.

Also being considered are a 5 percent county hotel tax, a building excise tax deemed an essential part of the county's adequate facilities legislation, a family day-care exemption in residential neighborhoods, several state grants, changes in the county's liquor laws, anda prohibition against "obscene live performances."

The campaign contribution bill requires property owners, contract purchasers and anyone else holding interest of 5 percent or more in land involved in azoning case to swear that they have not contributed in the last 36 months to the campaign of anyone serving on the Zoning Board. In Howard County, the five County Council members also serve as the Zoning Board.

If petitioners have made contributions in that period, the bill requires that they file an affidavit giving the name of the council member who received the gift and the amount and date of the contribution. Failure to do so could result in the case being overturned. Violators could be fined $1,000 and sentenced to a year in jail.

Thedelegation last year rejected a hotel and motel tax bill virtually identical to this year's hotel bill because some members felt it wouldhurt tourism. Howard is one of the few counties in the area without such a tax.

Under the day-care bill, original leases prohibiting or restricting family day-care operations would stand. But no landlordcould introduce such a restriction without giving a tenant two years' notice.

The bill also would allow landlords to require day-care providers to obtain liability insurance.

State grants being considered by the delegation include: $300,000 in matching funds for the county association for retarded citizens to renovate, repair and expandthe Wright building in Ellicott City; $60,000 to restore and improveWaverly Mansion; and $60,000 for improvements to the entrance of Carroll Baldwin Hall. A fourth revenue bill would allow the Howard Community College board of trustees to borrow an unspecified amount for college operations.

The liquor legislation would prohibit alcoholic beverages from places of public entertainment, allow the liquor boardto issue two on-sale beer, wine and liquor licenses to the same person or group of people, and allow liquor stores to hold beer-, wine- or cordial-tastings.

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