This Week’s MACo Testimony – Week of March 24, 2014

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

March 25, 2014:

MACo supported its initiative bill, creating a public safety radio governance board – on its way toward passage.

MACo supported a study (after House amendments) to evaluate private and alternative school financing options.

MACo supported legislation creating a “whistleblower” style law to guard government programs against costly false claims.

MACo supported clarifications to Program Open Space laws, encouraging and enabling better public access.

MACo withdrew its previous opposition to troubling legislation, following an agreement and amendments supported by law enforcement and police representatives.

MACo asked for changes to far-reaching legislation designed to create tax incentive zones around colleges and large related institutions.

March 26, 2014:

MACo supported a narrowed bill to require better notice for schools and recreation programs regarding sudden hart issues arising from exercise-related stress.

MACo supported an amended bill, creating a county option tax credit for certain nonprofit community organizations.

MACo withdrew previous opposition to a far-reaching recycling bill, and indicated its continued willingness to remain engaged on recycling mandates and incentives.

March 27, 2014:

MACo opposed dramatically lowering the threshold over which state prevailing wage laws would apply to mostly locally-funded school construction projects.

MACo supported an amended bill creating state regulation for “cash-for-phone” machines, which retained county authority to ban their use through local laws.

MACo supported broad reform and accountability measures for local speed camera systems, while raising concerns with specific Senate amendments.


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