This Week’s MACo Testimony – Week of February 4, 2013

The MACo staff gave testimony this week on the following bills:

February 5, 2013:

MACo supported this bill, citing a longstanding commitment to public school projects, and recognizing the favorable terms of this federally-funded program.

MACo joined the Maryland Sheriffs Association in raising concerns about adding new unrelated charges to process server fees, already insufficient to cover actual costs within Sheriffs’ budgets.

MACo opposed legislation that would remove corrections management (including local wardens) from the leadership of this statewide oversight body.

February 6, 2013

MACo opposed a procurement restriction, citing potentially unreasonable costs and burdensome compliance worries.

MACo resisted a change to the interest rate charged on delinquent tax accounts – noting that law-abiding taxpayers benefit from strong incentives for timely compliance.

Counties expressed administrative concerns with legislation seeking to extend application deadline for this tax credit, but acknowledge the interest in a reasonable approach to offset widespread concern.

MACo joined numerous other “deep pocket” litigants (frequently targets of wide ranging lawsuits) objecting to a proposal to pay attorney’s fees for plaintiffs, even above and beyond current statutory liability caps.

February 7, 2013

MACo accepted bill provisions to make open meetings act violations more visible and understandable for the public, but resisted notions that higher penalties on public bodies represents a fair or sensible means to address perceived problems.

MACo opposed this statewide overriding of county standards, defending current practices as sensible and safe.

To see online versions of MACo’s written testimony from the 2013 legislative session, click here.

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