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

Maryland Reporter Muses On Scorecard Bill, Solutions

In a commentary piece timed with the beginning of session, veteran Annapolis reporter Len Lazarick of the news site MarylandReporter.com bemoans the role of “facts” in political debate, and eventually focuses his attention on the high-profile “transportation scorecard” legislation passed last year and still causing a furor. Governor Larry Hogan has made it clear that … Continue reading Maryland Reporter Muses On Scorecard Bill, Solutions

Battle Raging Over “Scorecard”/”Road Kill” Bill

Yesterday The Baltimore Sun ran an editorial about Governor Hogan’s announcement on his top legislative priority this session: repeal the “Road Kill Bill”  (i.e., the Maryland Open Transportation Investment Decision Act of 2016). Spoiler alert: it’s not nice. Like any good dancer, actor or used car salesman, Gov. Larry Hogan has a “move.” It’s just a bit more elaborate … Continue reading Battle Raging Over “Scorecard”/”Road Kill” Bill

MACo Submits Comments On MDOT “Scorecard” Regulations

Earlier this week MACo submitted comments to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) on its draft regulations, COMAR 11.01.18.01 and 11.01.18.02, which are required by the Maryland Open Transportation Investment Decision Act of 2016. MACo recommended changes to the regulations that would improve their effectiveness and flexibility. MACo suggested that MDOT could implement the law more reasonably by offering … Continue reading MACo Submits Comments On MDOT “Scorecard” Regulations

Review Committee Questions MDOT “Scorecard” Regulations

On November 18 before the Maryland General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR), MACo testified alongside public works representatives from the County Engineers of Maryland and Cecil, Queen Anne’s, Prince George’s, and Harford counties that the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)’s proposed Major Transportation Project Scoring and Ranking System regulations could have … Continue reading Review Committee Questions MDOT “Scorecard” Regulations