MACo Session Wrap-Up

As the 2013 General Assembly session closed Monday night, here is the final tally on the issues on MACo’s watch list from the final hours:

SPEED CAMERAS – FAILED
A compromise effort from the Senate/House conference committee (supported by MACo) was stalled by delay tactics on the Senate floor and failed.

STORMWATER FEE – FAILED
A bill, with heavy Senate amendments seeking to grant broad exemptions from the state-mandates stormwater fee, did not receive House approval.

PREVAILING WAGE – PASSED AS A STUDY
A bill to apply state prevailing wage laws to many more projects was amended to study the implementation and effects of prevailing wage laws on public works.

TEN YEAR PLANNING CYCLE – PASSED
MACo’s initiative bill to align planning cycles with the ten year census cycle was approved.

PREPAID 9-1-1 – PASSED
Legislation to apply a 9-1-1 fee to prepaid wireless users passed on the final day of session.

ZERO WASTE STUDY – FAILED
A legislative study of “zero waste” targeting new recycling goals and landfill limits did not receive House approval.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties
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