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

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

March 18, 2014:

MACo supported a reasonable exception for public works vehicles from certain weight limits.

MACo supported departmental legislation allowing local health departments to retain certain fee revenue for services, rather than revert it to the state general fund (resolving an ambiguity arising from an audit report).

MACo supported legislation enabling county governing bodies to employ a tax refund intercept, through the Comptroller’s office, to help resolve outstanding warrants.

March 19, 2014:

MACo supported the bill an amended bill to clarify tax credits applying to ownership interests, without retroactive effect.

MACo supported legislation clarifying and improving several facets of volunteer fire company funding and allocations.

MACo supported clarifications to laws governing relocatable classrooms and recent air quality standards, avoiding an unintended retroactive effect.

MACo opposed an overbroad defense to local nuisance actions, suggesting that local decisions coudl better accommodate special property owner concerns.

MACo supported broadened allowance for counties to invest trust funds in long-term investments, similar to pension funds.

MACo supported technical changes to this revolving loan fund, allowing proper use of federal funding.

MACo supported an increase in base library funding, with annual increments in per capita amounts for several coming years.

March 20, 2014:

MACo supported bill as amended, providing an intermediate step prior to state sanctions for local errors or noncompliance with state requirements.

MACo supported its initiative bill, creating a collaborative governing board for the statewide MarylandFiRST public safety radio system.

MACo supported the bill an amended bill to clarify tax credits applying to ownership interests, without retroactive effect.

MACo opposed a broadening of numerous occupational disease presumptions to an additional range of employees (paid emergency medical services professionals).

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

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