Transportation Planning Bill Amended in House

HB 1013, a far-reaching bill that creates a “scoresheet” system for major state transportation projects, has been amended in the House of Delegates. The amended bill will likely be voted on the House floor on Saturday.

The amendments make several changes to the bill, including:

-directing the Department of Transportation to develop the final “percentage” weightings in the various components of the scoring system

-adding an additional scoring component, “Local Priorities and Planning”

MACo had opposed the bill as introduced, with concerns that local input could be marginalized. Bill testimony also raised concerns that the bill could unreasonably imbalance projects in differing versions of the state, as different geography, population, and current multi-modal offerings.

The amendments are currently available online. A third reader version of the bill, incorporating the amendments, will likely be available Saturday prior to the final floor vote.

The Senate cross-filed bill (SB 908) has not yet received Committee action, but the Committee expressed an interest in bill changes during its recent hearing.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties
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