The MACo staff gave testimony this week on the following bills:
January 29, 2013:
MACo supported a narrowed tool, suggesting bill amendments, to enable local governments (at their discretion) better target blighted properties. More explanation here.
MACo opposed the state mandate, arguing that limiting purchasing options would create higher costs and administrative burdens, without reasonable exception provisions.
MACo opposed limiting contractor retainage, citing concerns it could lessen leverage to ensure that publicly-funded projects are completed in a timely and appropriate fashion.
January 31, 2013:
MACo supported the local option enabling counties to, alongside other existing public safety remedies, withhold local business licenses as a tool to combat illegal sales to minors.
MACo supported the extension of state laws providing reasonable electronic access to public documents without placing burdens on custodians to recreate or reformat the information.
To see online versions of MACo’s written testimony from the 2013 legislative session, click here.