In advance of the public meeting on the 26th…I reached out to all elected members from District 9 to find out where they stand on the Howard County Bag Tax Bill (better know as the “Authority to Impose Fees for Use of Disposable Bags”, Ho. Co. 4–19). More about HoCo 4-19:
FOR the purpose of authorizing Howard County to impose, by law, a fee on certain retail establishments for the use of disposable bags as part of a retail sale of products; limiting the amount of a certain fee; defining certain terms; and generally relating to the authority for Howard County to impose a fee for the use of disposable bags.
Here are the responses I have received:
Maryland State Senate District 9: Katie Hester:
No response as of this post
Maryland State Delegate District 9A: Warren Miller:
First off thanks to you and Scotteblog for raising awareness about this issue. I do not support tax increases. I will not vote for 4-19, because it’s the worst kind of tax increase, its regressive and will hurt the poor that live or shop in Howard County.
I am intrigued by a voluntary ban by store owners which is already taking place. I look forward to the hearing on this and other Bill’s before the Howard County Delegation.
Maryland State Delegate District 9A: Trent Kittleman:
No response as of this post
Maryland State Delegate District 9B: Courtney Watson:
Scott, thanks for your interest in this proposal. It is premature for me to comment on this proposal. As a legislator, I believe in allowing the public process to take place and try to refrain from solidifying my own position until the citizens have a chance to speak at the public hearing, and meet or talk with me.
I reached out to everyone listed above on November 23rd (Friday) via email and on Facebook Messenger. I also sent a follow up email on November 24th (Saturday). I realize that it was Thanksgiving weekend and maybe not everyone was watching email or social media and maybe that is why I only received two out of four responses…and could be worse…could be district 12 elected officials…I did offer to publish any responses that came in after I publish this article…so stay tuned for possible updates.
One of the things I am hoping to do this next year is to reach out to our State Senators, State Delegates, County Executive, Council Council members and Board of Education officials for comments in some of the stories I write for the blog. My hope is to provide information to the readers directly from our elected officials dealing with issues in our community or on legislation I am covering this year. I hope I can count on those elected officials to provide comments from time to time. I look forward to seeing how this works and how much feedback I actually will receive. As always I will be following all social media accounts and when there are public statements I can use that are relevant to a story…I will be sure to grab those statements as well.
Here is a full list of proposed legislation that will be discussed on the 26th: Howard County Public Notice For Hearing on Local Bills (UPDATE 11/20/18)
Here are my previous articles on the Bag Tax providing data from other local areas (MoCo and DC), comments from Howard County Council Elect members and my own personal thoughts about a potential Bag Tax coming to Howard County:
- 5 Cent Bag Tax Coming To Howard County?
- Comments From The Howard County Council Elect Members About Proposed Bag Tax Legislation
- How Well Has The DC Bag Tax Worked And What Does That Mean For Howard County?
Stay tuned…I will keep this as a top priority for the blog as this moves forward…or until it goes away.