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Charles Commissioners Invite Public Proposals for 2006 Legislative Package

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The Charles County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on citizen proposals for the County's Preliminary 2006 legislative package to the Maryland General Assembly on Monday, November 7, 2005, at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room of the County Government Building.
           
Ten individuals, including the County Administrator, County Attorney and Charles County Sheriff, have submitted 27 proposals on issues ranging from the school board member replacement process, eviction proceedings and increasing the Fair Share School Excise Tax, to property tax relief, single-member voting districts, and amendments to the criminal code, among others. Individuals who have submitted proposals are requested to attend the hearing to give a brief synopsis of the initiatives.
           
The Preliminary Package will also include proposals, for information only, that Delegates Wm. Daniel Mayer and Murray D. Levy plan to submit during the 2006 Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly. Those proposals range from background checks for boater's license applicants and housing allowances in the form tax credits for new teachers to property tax deferrals and income tax credits for active duty National Guard members, among others.
           
Citizens who wish to make oral or written comments on the proposals are encouraged to attend the public hearing. Individuals or representatives of groups wishing to speak must sign in. Speaker sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m., a half hour before the hearing, and ends when the hearing begins. Each speaker is allotted three minutes. The hearing will last no longer than two hours. The County Commissioners reserve the right to extend the time frame allotted for the hearing. Written comments may be submitted in lieu of oral testimony, or to expand upon oral testimony.
           
Following the hearing, the County Commissioners will schedule work sessions to review the proposals and decide which ones will be included in the County's 2006 legislative package and forwarded to the Charles County Delegation for consideration.

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