Bills on vendors, masseuses OK'd Delegation supports several measures

January 28, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

ANNAPOLIS -- Carroll's delegation yesterday voted to support nearly a dozen bills sought by the county commissioners and others that would restrict street vendors, license massage parlors and allow caterers to serve alcoholic beverages as hosts of their own shindigs.

The delegation -- in an hourlong meeting -- declined to support seven proposals, including one to give the commissioners line-item veto power over the school board budget.

"My concern is the [commissioners] didn't use it when they had the authority," said Sen. Charles Smelser, a Democrat who represents Carroll, Frederick and Howard counties. He noted that the General Assembly gave counties that power during fiscal 1992. "They have some control over the school budget."

Del. Richard C. Matthews, a Republican who chairs the Carroll delegation, said he doubted the measure would pass the General Assembly because of opposition from teachers and education groups.

In other school-related issues, the delegation supported measures that would change school board terms from six to four years, beginning in 1994, and that would prohibit citizens whose spouses are administrators or teachers from serving on school boards.

Del. Richard Dixon, D-Carroll, said a shorter term would make school board members "more sensitive to the people they represent." Current school board members could serve out the remainder of their terms.

Support also went to legislation that would give the commissioners authority to conduct performance audits of school management. Although the legislation may be moot now -- the school board and commissioners have agreed to such an audit -- future boards may not be as receptive to the idea, the delegation said.

The delegation also plans to introduce bills that would:

* Allow the county liquor board to issue liquor licenses to caterers to serve alcoholic beverages at eight in-house events each year. Caterers may now serve liquor only at client-sponsored parties.

* Restrict street vendors selling furniture and other items along Route 140 and elsewhere. To obtain a county permit, vendors would be required to sell goods five days a week, 50 weeks of the year.

* Allow the county to adopt a schedule of fees to defray the costs of administering the recently enacted forest conservation ordinance.

* Allow the county to set and collect fees from delinquent parents to defray the costs of providing child-support enforcement services.

* Allow adoption of massage establishment licensing. The measure would not prohibit sports facilities from providing massage services. The delegation said the proposal would draw distinctions between legitimate masseuses and those operating illegally.

The delegation voted against bills that would:

* Create a county Solid Waste Authority. That measure was overwhelmingingly opposed by residents at a hearing this month.

Sen. Larry E. Haines, R-Carroll and Baltimore counties, said the proposal was unnecessary because the commissioners just appointed a committee to study waste-to-incineration as a trash disposal option. "Let the committee come back with a report first," he said.

* Allow the county commissioners to request criminal records of any prospective employees.

Also rejected were three state police related items, including one that would require the state to give the county three years' notification before terminating the resident trooper program.

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