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

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

March 10, 2014:

MACo delivered opposition to a bill requiring pension plans – including those run by counties – to verify and accommodate specific trust arrangements.

March 11, 2014:

MACo supported a bill granting limited use of bay restitution funds for local enforcement costs, if elected by each county.

MACo supported a bill increasing the threshold for state prevailing wage applying on school construction projects from 50% state funding to 75%.

March 12, 2014:

MACo opposed bills waiving notice provisions affecting local governments, citing an alarming precedent beyond the immediate scope (lead paint cases).

MACo sought changes to this evaluation of needs and plans for school broadband capacity to also include assessment of appropriate state and private funding sources to meet them.

MACo supported a bill recognizing and using federal funds for targeted school construction projects.

MACo opposed a broad pre-emption of local authority to manage health and safety concerns arising from cat populations.

March 13, 2014:

MACo supported a provision granting charter counties authority to fill a County Executive vacancy by special election, if they choose to do so (through a local charter amendment).

March 14, 2014:

MACo supported its initiative bill to authorize funding for sewer line extension to target failing septics, after the bill was heavily amended in the House.

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