Prince George’s volunteer firehouses want to hold poker games. Water authority commissioners want a raise. And the push is on for a 5-cent bag tax, more wine and beer sales in grocery stores, and turf fields for public high schools.
Those were among the two dozen bills that the county’s 23-member House delegation reviewed Saturday at a Largo hearing in advance of the Jan. 9 opening of the General Assembly.
The county’s lawmakers have much to tackle in the 90-day session, including trying to secure a funding plan for a proposed $600 million regional hospital to replace Prince George’s Hospital Center and finding ways to alleviate traffic near National Harbor before the new outlet mall and casino come to the area.
High on the agenda of local officials is improving the county school system. Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith (D-Bowie) proposed a bill to evaluate how Board of Education members are selected.