This is the notification I have been waiting for…the one about our local delegation taking up some very controversial bills potentially headed to Annapolis this session in 2019. Here is the notification sent out yesterday:

The Howard County Delegation has scheduled their next meeting to discuss and potentially vote on local bills. The work/voting session will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at 8:30am in the Lowe House of Delegates Building, Room 218, 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. Delegation meetings are open to the public. The agenda for this meeting is attached and all of the 2019 proposed legislation may be viewed on the County website at: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/About-HoCo/State-Delegation/Proposed-Local-Legislation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thanks,
Kam Bridges
Howard County Delegation Administrator
Maryland General Assembly
The Maryland House of Delegates
6 Bladen Street, Room 214B
Annapolis, MD 21401
phone: 410 -841-3360, 301-858-3360
e-mail: hoc1@mlis.state.md.us

Here is the information in the attachment related to the agenda:

Howard County Delegation
AGENDA
Work/Vote Session
January 23, 2019
Howard County Delegation Room (LHOB Room 218) – 8:30am

The Delegation will discuss and possibly vote on the following proposed local bills. This agenda is subject to change at the discretion of the Delegation or Chairs.

Bond Initiative Requests:
Carrollton Hall Restoration, Ho.Co. 19-19, $200,000; Sponsored by: Chair, Howard County Delegation

Gateway Innovation Center Renovation, Ho.Co. 20-19, $500,000; Sponsored by: Chair, Howard County Delegation

Linwood School Parking Lot, Ho.Co. 27-19, $100,000; Sponsored by: Senator Guzzone

Proposed Local Bills

Howard County – Orphans’ Court Judges – Qualifications, Ho. Co. 2–19; Sponsored by: Delegate Atterbeary

Impact Fees – Calculation, Ho. Co. 3–19; Sponsored by: Delegate Atterbeary

Howard County – Authority to Impose Fees for Use of Disposable Bags, Ho. Co. 4–19; Sponsored by: Delegate Hill

Howard County – Ethics – Limit on Developer Contributions, Ho. Co. 12-19; Sponsored by: Delegate Miller

Property Tax Credit – Elderly Individuals – Eligibility, Ho. Co. 16–19; Sponsored by: Chair, Howard County Delegation

Howard County Board of Education – Elected School Board, Ho. Co. 1–19; Sponsored by: Delegate Atterbeary

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Here are the ones I am watching closely:

Howard County Board of Education – Elected School Board, Ho. Co. 1–19; Sponsored by: Delegate Atterbeary

I FULLY support this bill and expect it to pass. The various delegates and senators I have spoken with seem to be on board with electing HoCoBOE members by district and by district votes (not county wide vote)…and I love that Delegate Atterbeary resubmitted this bill again…she is one of my personal favorites in Annapolis!!!

Howard County – Authority to Impose Fees for Use of Disposable Bags, Ho. Co. 4–19; Sponsored by: Delegate Hill

I can not OPPOSE this bill more that I have up to this point. The data out of MoCo and DC proves that a 5 cent bag tax does not reduce the number of bags used at point of sale year in and year out…and if our current state senators and delegates moves this bill forward…I promise to let you know which ones believe you should pay more at checkout at Giant, Wegmans, Walmart, Target, any store at the mall and other establishments in our county. It is important to know who votes yes and no on this bill…and if I have to be that person…I will. I support a ban on plastic bags…but not a tax that does not work.

I followed up the notification of this meeting with the following question:

“Will there be any type of follow up notification on the actions taken at these meetings? I will not be able to attend that meeting but will be interested in writing up any outcomes of the meeting.”

I got the following answer:

“I am not sure at the moment. I will confer with my colleagues and get back to you on that next week.”

Kam has been good in following up with my questions…but shouldn’t we expect notifications on the outcome of these meetings? Why is not that already in place at this time? We get told about what might go to Annapolis this session…shouldn’t there be a system in place to let us know what happens in the local delegation meetings? That is my question this morning…and a question we should all be asking our delegation in Annapolis.

I promise I will be reaching out to delegates and senators soon after the meeting on the 23rd to find out what happened (if there is not some sort of follow up notification)…and will be reporting back to you on the actions….because the “potentially vote on local bills” is significant….and will tell us where they stand on all of these bills.

Stay tuned folks…I will have more for you soon.

Scott E

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