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Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 12:24 am

ANNAPOLIS - In addition to considering a variety of statewide issues during the 2013 session of the General Assembly, the 36th District delegation will also be dealing with legislation for Queen Anne's County.

Del. Steve Hershey, R-Queen Anne's, said he has been working with the county commissioners on legislation designed to promote economic development and job creation.

It aims to do so by granting a property tax credit to businesses that make significant real property improvements and increase the number of full-time employees, Hershey said. State regulations, he said, currently require adding a minimum of 25 new full-time employees to obtain the credit.

"My legislation would reduce the minimum number of full-time jobs created from 25 to 12 in order to make this a more practical incentive to attract and expand businesses within Queen Anne's County," Hershey said.

He also plans to look at the licensing laws in the state, which he called burdensome, and determine how that burden can be lightened.

Sen. E.J. Pipkin, R-Upper Shore, pre-filed several Queen Anne's County bills dealing with financial assistance to a local non-profit private school, and also several beer, wine, and liquor issues.

SB 33 would authorize the creation of a state debt not to exceed $500,000 for financial assistance for the Wye River Upper School "for certain development or improvement purposes."

The school, which educates bright college-bound students with learning issues, is currently located on the campus of Chesapeake College and is planning to relocate in the former armory in Centreville.

The bill is before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

SB 35 calls for Queen Anne's County to be added to the list of Maryland subdivisions in which a Class 7 micro-brewery issue may be issued and adds the county to the list of jurisdictions "in which the beer brewed by the license holder for consumption off the licensed premises may be sold in refillable containers."

Queen Anne's would become the 21st subdivision on the list.

SB 31 would permit the issuance of a beer, wine, and liquor tasting license to holders of Class-A beer, wine, and liquor licenses. The legislation would permit the consumption "for tasting purposes only" of small amounts of beer, wine, and liquor.

Those tasting limits apply to "one individual in a single day," according to the bill.

Both SB 31 and SB 33 are before the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee.

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