Counties Oppose Removal of Local Permitting Authority for Electric Fences

On March 12, 2020, MACo Legislative Director Natasha Mehu and Bill Jorch, from Maryland Municipal League, testified before the Senate Finance Committee to oppose SB 883 (CF HB 1216) – Business Regulation – Security Systems – Battery-Charged Fences. This bill, proposed by businesses wanting to avoid the permitting processes some counties require, would restrict local permitting authority and oversight over electric security fences.

From the MACo Testimony:

In Maryland, zoning regulations, permitting requirements, and code enforcement are long standing, central components of local authority. These local functions and rules are in place to ensure that structures are safe and adhere to community needs, standards, and practices.

. . . Local governments object to statewide changes that completely usurp local authority and preempt local decision-making meant to protect the safety and interests of their communities. For these reasons, MACo urges an UNFAVORABLE report on SB 883.

Follow MACo’s advocacy efforts during the 2020 legislative session on MACo’s Legislative Tracking Database.

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