The MACo staff gave testimony this week on the following bills:
April 1, 2014:
- HB874: County Health Officers – Authority of County Governing Body and Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene testimony
MACo supported a compromise bill altering the processes for hiring and removal of local health officers.
MACo supported an amended bill providing greater flexibility with a local tax incentive.
- SB686: Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights – Prosecutorial Disclosures – Punitive Action testimony
MACo withdrew its previous opposition to a procedural bill on officer discipline, honoring an agreement reached with police chiefs, sheriffs, and officer representatives.
- SB1114: Criminal Procedure – Initial Appearance and Representation by the Office of the Public Defender testimony
MACo supported a “complementary approach” to bail reform, citing concerns that the broad reforms of earlier bills may not reach final passage.
April 2, 2014:
- SB988: State Department of Education – Assessment Report for Broadband Capabilities in Public Schools testimony
MACo sought an assurance of state funding for this study looking at school technology, capacity and costs.
April 3, 2014:
- SB1099: Workers’ Compensation – Occupational Disease Presumptions – Paid Rescue Squad Members and Paid Advanced Life Support Unit Members testimony
MACo opposed a broadening of non-rebuttable worker compensation presumptions to further classes of employees.
To see online versions of MACo’s written testimony from the 2014 legislative session, click here.