As previously reported on Conduit Street, a recently passed bill in Montgomery County has been successfully petitioned to the next general election in the county. However, during its meeting on November 29, the Montgomery County Council approved a challenge to the petition that could lead to the repeal of a recently enacted law scaling back the collective bargaining rights of the county’s police union. As reported by the Washington Post:
The Montgomery County Council, in an 8-1 vote, appointed a local election law specialist, Jonathan S. Shurberg, as outside counsel to scrutinize thousands of pages of petition documents and about 34,000 signatures.
In a complaint filed with Montgomery County Circuit Court on Monday, Shurberg and County Attorney Marc Hansen alleged that signature gathers had told people false, misleading or inaccurate information and that they improperly filled out petition documents.