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February 26, 2004 Minutes

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY DELEGATION

LAW ENFORCEMENT

AND

STATE APPOINTED BOARDS COMMITTEE

 

 

Minutes of Meeting:                                                  Thursday, February 26, 2004

Call to Order:  8:53 a.m.                                            Adjourned:  10:00 a.m.          

Members in Attendance:       Delegate Joanne C. Benson, Chair; Delegate Victor R. Ramirez, Vice-Chair, Delegate Mary Conroy, Delegate Anne Healey, Delegate Veronica Turner, Delegate Dereck Davis, Delegate Joseph Vallario, Jr., and Delegate Brian Moe     

The meeting convened at 8:53 am.

 

Chair Benson called the meeting to order and thanked the members and guests in attendance for their presence. 

 

Chair Benson stated that PG 303-04(HB601), PG 406-04(HB583) and PG 313-04(HB598) would be held and taken up at the end of the agenda. 

 

PG 310-04 – HB 596  Prince George's County – Class A (Off-Sale) Alcoholic Beverages Licensees – Minimum Container Sizes

The bill was introduced and summarized by Chair Benson.

 

Delegate Benson asked that the bill be held at the request of the sponsor, Delegate Ross, for the purpose of offering an amendment. 

 

No Discussion

No Vote

Status:  PG 310-04      Special Ordered until 3/4/04

 

PG 332-04 – HB 595  Prince George's County – Class A Beer, Wine and Liquor Licenses – Sunday Sales – 21st District

 

The bill was introduced and summarized by Chair Benson.

 

Chair Benson asked if there was any previous testimony on this bill.  There was none.

 

Delegate Conroy moved unfavorable on the bill.

Motion seconded by Delegate Ramirez.

 

No Discussion

Chair Benson called for the vote.

 

Vote:  6 Yea  2 Absent

Status:  PG 332-04      UNF

 

PG 334-04 – HB 594  Prince George's County  - Alcoholic Beverages – Micro-Breweries in College Park

 

The bill was introduced and summarized by Chair Benson.

 

Chair Benson stated that there is written testimony from the City of College Park in support of the bill.

 

Delegate Turner moved favorable on the bill.

Motion seconded by Delegate Davis.

 

No further discussion

Chair Benson called for the vote.

 

Vote:  4 Yea  2 Absent  2 Abstain

Status:  PG 334-04      FAV

 

PG 339-04 – HB 572  Prince George's County – Class B-CI Licenses – Wine Tasting Events

 

The bill was introduced and summarized by Chair Benson.

 

Delegate Vallario moved favorable on the bill.

Motion seconded by Delegate Conroy.

 

Chair Benson asked for any further discussion and then called for the vote.

 

Vote:  5 Yea  2 Absent  1 Abstain

Status PG 339-04        FAV

 

PG 343-04 – HB 568  Prince George's County – Wine Consumption – Continuing Care Retirement Communities           

 

The bill was introduced and summarized by Chair Benson.

 

Delegate Turner moved favorable on the bill.

Motion seconded by Vice Chair Ramirez for the purpose of discussion.

 

Vice Chair Ramirez asked for clarification on the purpose of the bill. 

 

Chair Benson stated that this bill would allow the senior residents of Collington retirement community to bring their own wine into the dining hall to have with their meals. 

 

Members present from the Liquor Board stated that Collington currently has a license, they just need the permission to allow residents to “bring their own wine to meals” as outlined by the bill.

 

Chair Benson asked for any further discussion and called for the vote.

 

Vote:  6 Yea  2 Absent

Status:  PG 343-04      FAV

 

PG 346-04 – HB 571  Prince George's County – Alcoholic Beverages Licenses – Maximum Amounts

 

The bill was introduced and summarized by Chair Benson.

 

Delegate Benson asked members present from the Liquor Board to explain the purpose for requesting this legislation. 

 

Delegate Turner moved favorable on the bill.

Motion seconded by Delegate Davis for the purpose of discussion.

 

Vice Chair Ramirez voiced his concerns about the increase in the number of licenses and how they would be utilized.

Chair Benson asked members of the Liquor Board to reiterate the purpose for increasing the number of licenses.

 

Delegate Conroy asked who requested the bill.

 

Norma Lindsay of the Liquor Board stated that the Chairman of the Board of License Commissioners, Franklin Jackson, requested the bill.

 

Chair Benson called for the vote.

 

Vote:  4 Yea  1 Nay  2 Absent  1 Abstain

Status:  PG 346-04      FAV

 

Chair Benson stated that the committee would now hear PG 303-04, PG406-04 and PG 313-04 held over from earlier in the agenda.

 

PG 303-04 – HB 601  Prince George's County  - Elderly Rental Housing Units – Limitation on Rent Increases

 

The bill was introduced and briefly summarized by Chair Benson.

 

Vice Chair Ramirez stated that at this time he would like to withdraw the bill.

 

Delegate Conroy moved unfavorable on the bill for the purpose of withdrawing.

Motion seconded by Delegate Vallario.

 

Chair Benson called for the vote.

 

Vote:  6 Yea  2 Absent

Status:  PG 303-04      UNF/withdrawn

 

PG 406-04 – HB 583  Prince George's County – Charitable Gaming Events - Authorized

 

The bill was introduced and summarized by Chair Benson.

 

Chair Benson stated that the Law Enforcement Committee did not have the privilege of hearing this bill in a public hearing but that it was heard in a public hearing by the County Affairs Committee.

 

Chair Benson stated that Delegate Turner would offer an amendment to the bill.

 

Delegate Healey asked if there was any testimony given in opposition or support of this bill at the County Affairs public hearing.

 

Committee Secretary, Élana Gilmore, referenced the minutes of the County Affairs Public Hearing and stated that there were no testimony sign-ups and no testimony given.

 

Steve Novak of the Jaycees spoke with regard to Delegate Turner’s amendment.

 

Delegate Turner moved favorable on the amendment.

Motion seconded by Delegate Conroy.

 

Chair Benson asked for all in favor of the amendment.

Delegate Turner’s amendment was adopted by the committee. 

 

The committee discussed an amendment to clarify that the only charitable organizations could apply for a charitable gaming permit.  The amendment was adopted.

 

Chair Benson called for the vote.

 

Vote:  6 Yea  1 Nay  1 Absent

Status:  PG 406-04      FAV/w amendments

 

PG 313-04 – HB 598  Prince George's County – Alcoholic Beverages – Additional Class B Licenses

 

The bill was introduced and summarized by Chair Benson.

 

Delegate Benson stated that the bill was offered by the County Executive and was designed specifically for the National Harbor Project.

 

Chair Benson asked for clarification by members of the Liquor Board. 

 

Delegate Davis offered an amendment requested by Tiffany C. Hanna from the County Executive’s Office to add “a waterfront entertainment retail complex” to the bill as a site for a license holder to have another license.

 

Delegate Moe moved favorable on the amendment.

Motion seconded by Delegate Turner.

 

The amendment was passed.

 

Chair Benson called for the vote.

 

Vote:  6 Yea  1 Nay  1 Absent

Status:  PG 313-04      FAV/w amendment

 

Meeting adjourned at 10:00 am

 

Respectfully submitted,

Élana D. Gilmore

Élana D. Gilmore, Secretary

Law Enforcement and

State Appointed Boards Committee

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