Legislation that would give the authority to a charter county to fill a vacancy in the office of county executive through a special election if a vacancy occurs during the term of office has passed the House and is awaiting action by the Senate.
Under the Maryland Constitution, a charter county has the authority to fill a council seat vacated during the middle of a term through a special election. HB 1415 proposes a constitutional amendment to extend this same process to the office of county executive should the governing body choose to fill the vacancy in this manner.
Before this could occur, the constitutional amendment proposed by this bill would first need to be approved through referendum. If approved, a charter county would then need to propose a change to its charter through referendum to authorize a special election for this purpose. This would give the voting public sufficient opportunity to review and approve any such change.
HB 1415 would give charter counties greater flexibility for filling a county executive vacancy in the middle of a term. A Senate companion bill, SB 1017, has not yet been voted out of committee.