La Plata, MD — The public was invited to submit their ideas for new laws and changes to existed ones to be included in a legislative packet for Charles County to submit to the state. Residents had plenty of ideas and submitted 24 proposals. 

These proposed changes include two related to medical marijuana. One prohibiting medical marijuana use at the jail and a proposal to support the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act.

Another suggests providing broadband to all parts of Charles County not currently serviced, funded by legislation that will allow slot machines over the water of the Potomac River.

Others deal with alcohol sales. One would require all retail liquor establishments in Charles County to post a warning about the dangers of over-consumption of alcohol, while another  would allow owners of small family farm wineries to also have an ownership interest in a small family owned business establishment that sells alcohol.

To see a complete list of all the proposals, click here.  Click on “Library” in the upper right hand corner, and then “General” to view a synopsis and link for the full submission of each proposal.

The Charles County Commissioners have scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room at the Charles County Government Building in La Plata to discuss which of the proposals to include in the State Legislative Packet for 2020.

The public is welcome to attend and offer testimony in support of or opposition to each proposal.

A work session has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24 to determine which proposals to include in the Charles County Commissioners 2020 State Legislative Package for the Charles County Delegation’s consideration.

For more information, contact Ms. Lisa Bailey, Office of the County Attorney at 301-645-0555 or  Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.