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(a) The council is hereby empowered to prescribe by law for the licensing and regulation within the limits of the county any place of public amusement or recreation, pleasure parks, picnic grounds, clubhouses, theatrical exhibitions, baseball grounds, bowling alleys, billiard halls or poolrooms, camp-meeting grounds, graveyards, sanitariums, hospitals, homes for the aged, private educational institutions, orphan asylums, homes for children and convalescent homes, signs or signboards, roadside stands or establishments; and in order to safeguard the public health, safety, morals and welfare, to pass regulations for the purpose of carrying out the powers herein granted or to authorize the county executive to issue regulations to implement any law; provided, that such regulations shall contain proper standards for the exercise of the discretion conferred herein and shall operate uniformly; provided further, that the power of the council to license, regulate or limit clubhouses shall not apply to the clubhouses of country clubs which were in existence and operation on January 1, 1927, and which on that date had a public or private list of fifty (50) or more bona fide members paying dues and which on that date maintained on the club premises at least two (2) of the following athletic facilities for their membership:
(1) A golf course of nine (9) holes or more;
(2) Two (2) or more tennis courts; or
(3) A swimming pool not less than forty (40) feet in length and twenty (20) feet in width.
(b) Any regulation adopted under this section shall be adopted under method (2) of section 2A-15 of this Code. (Mont. Co. Code 1965, § 14-13; 1927, ch. 702, § 1; 1970 L.M.C., ch. 8, § 2; 1984 L.M.C., ch. 24, § 34.)
Editor's note-The validity of the above section was upheld in Gordon v. Montgomery Co., 164 Md. 210, 164 Atl. 676 (1933). The above section is cited in Maryland Theatrical Corp. v. Brennan, 180 Md. 377, 384, 24 A.2d 911 (1942).
Cross reference-Regulation of hospital, sanitariums, nursing and care homes, Ch. 25.