This Week’s MACo Testimony – Week of February 10, 2014

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

February 11, 2014:

MACo supported a county option to set its own minimum wage rate to serve as the state-enforced rate within the county.

MACo opposed a broad and rigid collective bargaining authority for community college employees, which would override current local decision-making.

MACo opposed a bill adding further procedural hurdles for a police chief or sheriff to discipline a law enforcement officer.

MACo opposed a broadening of expansive workers’ compensation coverage for support personnel to volunteer fire companies.

MACo supported a bill to tighten and reform many elements of speed camera programs, seeking amendments to conform the bill to match a work product from lengthy stakeholder collaboration.

February 12, 2014:

MACo supported a notification and training provision to help detect and prevent cardiac incidents among students, and sought amendments to reasonably extend those provisions to public recreation programs.

MACo opposed legislation to award attorneys fees in a range of cases, citing a concern with more costs of litigation and defense, and incentive to spur unwarranted claims.

MACo joined many education advocates and supported a technical adjustment to air standards for relocatable classrooms.

MACo opposed a bill adding further procedural hurdles for a police chief or sheriff to discipline a law enforcement officer.

MACo opposed a bill mandating a uniform statewide intercept program to target outstanding warrants, citing inflexibility and differing government structures.

(Note: the General Assembly canceled numerous bill hearings on February 13, which will be rescheduled for a future date)

To see online versions of MACo’s written testimony from the 2014 legislative session, click here.

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