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In 2018, the legislature passed a bill that reforms many aspects of our state school construction program. It is not as exciting as school construction funding, but it is important. I will start serving on one of the work groups assigned with implementing the legislation this summer, the Work Group on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities.
I had had the privilege of chairing the Montgomery County House Delegation during the 2019 legislative session and was pleased to be unanimously re-elected for a second year in that position. Bethesda Beat covered the action.
Late last month was the Governor's deadline to sign or veto bills, otherwise legislation becomes law without his signature. Here is the list of bills he vetoed (keep in mind, these are the Governor's descriptions of the bills). It includes two obscure bills that were shepherded through the Personnel Subcommittee I chair, a bill to ensure funding for bikeways, and legislation to eliminate the handgun permit review board to bring some sanity to handgun permitting appeals. The legislature will likely attempt to override some of these vetoes, an action we can take the next time we convene.
And here is a list of the bills the Governor allowed to be come law without his signature. The list includes the statewide polystyrene ban and my legislation on regional cooperation for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. Maryland Matters covered some of the bills the Governor allowed to become law, including legislation I authored on greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.
A lot has happened with the Governor's proposal to expand the Beltway and I-270 with privatized toll lanes since my last update. The State Board of Public Works (the Governor, Comptroller and Treasurer) had before them the certification of the project as a Public Private Partnership in early June. The Treasurer voted against the designation and the Comptroller only agreed to support it with certain changes: the project must begin with the I-270 segment between 370/Gaithersburg and the Beltway; the state must study monorail; and 10% of any toll revenues must go towards mass transit. It is unclear what the changes mean for the project, but it is certainly a change from the year and half of dictates from the Maryland Department of Transportation regarding what the project has to be and the order it will occur in. I was on the local Fox 5 to discuss the status of the project recently. I also had the opportunity to participate in a longer form podcast on the project and a few other issues with Fox 5, which you can listen to by clicking here.
State legislators from District 15 and District 16 have teamed up once again to support towpath rehabilitation along the C&O Canal. The linked letter is part of an effort to seek "Transportation Alternatives Program" funding from the state for the towpath.
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