MACo Backs Compromise on Transportation Scorecard

MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson testified in favor of the amended Administration bill (SB 307) which would repeal the controversial transportation scorecard law passed last year. This bill passed unanimously out of the Senate and was heard by the House Appropriations and Environment and Transportation committees on March 23. Governor Hogan’s Administration introduced and supported the … Continue reading MACo Backs Compromise on Transportation Scorecard

Transportation Scorecard Compromise Passes Senate Unanimously

SB 307, the Administration bill to repeal the controversial transportation scorecard law passed last year, has passed out of the full Senate in an amended form. The final floor vote was unanimous, after discussions and additional amendments yesterday described the revised bill as a compromise acceptable to the Administration. The third reader bill, including all … Continue reading Transportation Scorecard Compromise Passes Senate Unanimously

Senate Compromise on Transportation Scorecard Bill Advances

The Budget and Taxation Committee has passed an amended version of the Administration’s bill to repeal the controversial transportation scorecard law. The amended version would delay full implementation of the scoring process as a guide for project funding for two years, and empower a work group to study possible changes to the law. From coverage … Continue reading Senate Compromise on Transportation Scorecard Bill Advances

Miller Offers “Grand Bargain” on Transportation Scorecard Bill

At the high profile hearing for SB 307, Governor Hogan’s proposal to repeal the transportation scorecard legislation enacted last year, Senate President Miller testified in support of a proposed “compromise” that would delay the scoring system’s effect for two years while a select work group would be empaneled to work through the system. The Administration … Continue reading Miller Offers “Grand Bargain” on Transportation Scorecard Bill

Governor Announces BAT Septic Repeal, Criticizes Transportation Scorecard at #MACoCon

Governor Lawrence (Larry) Hogan, Jr. announced the repeal of regulations requiring the use of best available nitrogen removal technology (BAT) for septic systems, criticized the recently passed transportation scorecard legislation, and discussed other priorities that he intends to the focus on during the upcoming 2017 Session at the close of the 2016 MACo Summer Conference on August 20. A packed … Continue reading Governor Announces BAT Septic Repeal, Criticizes Transportation Scorecard at #MACoCon

Veto Override Expected Today on Transportation Scoresheet

The House of Delegates has received the Governor’s veto of HB 1013, the much-debated legislation creating a new “scoresheet” system for evaluating major stare transportation projects. Their Thursday agenda includes the vetoed bill, and the House is expected to debate and vote on a possible veto override today. Both the floor votes suggest that an … Continue reading Veto Override Expected Today on Transportation Scoresheet

Transportation “Scorecard” Bill Still Sparking Back-and-Forth

2016 legislation variously known as the “Scorecard Bill,” the “Road Kill Bill,” or the “Transportation Transparency Bill” continues to stir up emotions in the State capital, as the legislative session approaches. The content of the bill itself, the process for its legislative consideration, and larger funding issues with the Department of Transportation are all in … Continue reading Transportation “Scorecard” Bill Still Sparking Back-and-Forth

Transportation “Scorecard” Bill Passes – Veto Debate Ahead

HB 1013, the bill creating a new “scoring” system for major state transportation projects, passed the Senate Thursday afternoon following extended debate. The bill was then sent to the House for a concurrence – where the House approved the Senate-amended version of the bill and sent it to the Governor. The action is in time … Continue reading Transportation “Scorecard” Bill Passes – Veto Debate Ahead

“Scorecard” for Transportation Projects Could Marginalize Local Input

MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson testified in opposition of HB 1013, Maryland Open Transportation Investment Decision Act of 2016, to the House Appropriations Committee on March 1, 2016. The bill would subject major state transportation projects to a detailed scoring system during their consideration for inclusion in the state’s Consolidated Transportation Plan. Counties are concerned … Continue reading “Scorecard” for Transportation Projects Could Marginalize Local Input

MDOT Unveils Proposed Scorecard Model, Counties Have Questions

On Thursday, December 7 at MACo’s Winter Conference, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Secretary Pete Rahn presented the latest chapter on Chapters 36 of 2016 and 30 of 2017 – aka, the Maryland Open Transportation Investment Decision Act of 2016, “Scorecard Bill,” “Transportation Transparency Bill,” or the “Roadkill Bill,” as amended. Secretary Rahn presented the Department’s … Continue reading MDOT Unveils Proposed Scorecard Model, Counties Have Questions