MACo: Keep Parking Enforcement a Local Prerogative

MACo Associate Director Barbara Zektick testified before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee opposing SB 136 – Vehicle Laws – Parking Violations – Authority of Political Subdivisions. The bill would preclude local governments from any increase in parking fines or penalties until at least 30 days after the parking ticket has been issues.

MACo’s testimony defends parking enforcement as a local matter, and resists the state involvement:

Parking violations can severely compromise quality of life for residents and visitors, and it is an important responsibility of local governments to enforce those laws in a manner that deters behavior without creating undue burden on those responsible for paying citations. This bill diminishes local government authority to determine how to reach that balance in a way that most appropriately serves their unique constituencies. Parking enforcement is by its nature a local issue, and current laws treating it as such should remain unchanged.

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Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties