This Week’s MACo Testimony – Week of February 17, 2014

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

February 17, 2014:

MACo supported two bills granting counties the flexibility to set their own minimum wage level for county employers.

February 18, 2014:

The Administration and public safety leaders all supported MACo’s initiative bill to create a multi-party governance structure for the Maryland FiRST public safety radio system.

MACo joined police chiefs and sheriffs, opposing new and troubling limitations on discipline for law enforcement officers.

MACo supported clearer flexibility on local government ability to invest long-term trust investments.

MACo supported broad revisions and reforms to the state laws authorizing speed cameras.

MACo opposed a rigid leave requirements, citing concerns that elements of essential public services would be unduly affected.

February 19, 2014:

MACo supported a limited exclusion from school funding laws to more fairly account for lease payments.

MACo supported incremental funding restoration for public libraries.

MACo supported a bill adjusting eligibility for the Homestead Tax Credit, seeking a prospective-only effect.

MACo supported authority for counties to provide targeted tax relief – with amendments seeking a more flexible local option.

MACo supported a reasonable and gradual restoration of Highway User Revenues – proposing a means to get local road funding back into the state’s priorities, without upending immediate project commitments.

MACo opposed further narrowing of police administrators’ ability to discipline employees.

MACo offered wide-ranging views on the leading “bail reform” proposal, suggesting changes to the bill that could help best accommodate concerns from local correctional facilities and state’s attorneys (and their far-reaching budgetary effects).

MACo supported a clearer per-student spending reporting requirement for school budgets, requesting that county governments be among the recipients of the compiled data.

MACo supported a limited exclusion from school funding laws to more fairly account for lease payments.

MACo supported a compromise bill to modernize and clarify multiple statutory provisions about fire company funding.

MACo opposed an overbroad new defense for property owners to be excused from governmental nuisance concerns.

MACo supported a bill designed to afford more avenues to capture false claims unfairly costing government funding.

MACo supported statewide regulation of “reverse vending machines” (that offer cash for unwanted cell phones and other electronics), seeking amendment language to ensure local regulation or bans are not pre-empted.

February 20, 2014:

MACo supported statewide regulation of “reverse vending machines” (that offer cash for unwanted cell phones and other electronics), seeking amendment language to ensure local regulation or bans are not pre-empted.

MACo opposed a “bottle bill” requiring counties as the central administrators of a 5-cent per container refundable deposit program.

MACo opposed a rigid leave requirements, citing concerns that elements of essential public services would be unduly affected.

MACo opposed a bill that would eliminate local licensing of electricians, citing its conflict with the recommendations of a recent task force on the same subject.

MACo supported authority for counties to provide targeted tax relief – with amendments seeking a more flexible local option.

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

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