MACo Supports Boosting Transparency for Election Procurements

On February 21, 2023, MACo Legislative Director Kevin Kinnally testified before the House Ways and Means Committee in support of HB 0752 – State Board of Elections – Procurement Oversight.

HB 752 requires the State Board of Elections (SBE) to take necessary and appropriate steps to provide transparency and accountability for contracts and procurement decisions, which will afford ample opportunity for input from local governments and Maryland voters.

From the MACo Testimony:

An essential function of Maryland’s county governments is to fund and oversee elections. Too often, the State makes unilateral decisions that oblige county funds ⎯ with zero local input. Counties, who run elections, should have input on major procurement contracts, as part of a true partnership with the State.

The Senate Education, Energy, and Environment Committee will consider the bill’s cross-file, SB 0860, on March 3.

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