Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is scheduled to sign more bills into law on May 13, 2019. These bills include: READ HERE

What is not on his list are 3 Howard County Delegation Bills from 2019 not yet dealt with…they are:

  • HB0869 – Howard County – Alcoholic Beverages – Marketplace License Ho. Co. 06–19
  • HB1166 – Howard County – Authority to Impose Fees for Use of Disposable Bags Ho. Co. 04-19
  • HB1409 – Howard County – School Facilities Surcharge – Rates Ho. Co. 03-19

Here are my hopes:

HB0869 – I have no strong feeling towards this bill…so not on my radar.

HB1166 – My hope is that the Governor vetoes this bill potential punitive tax on the residents of Howard County that will do VERY little in reducing plastics and is all about generating revenue for the local jurisdiction. I really hope the members of the Howard County Council read this…because it will be how I frame this topic if it does move forward. You may be told untruths over and over during this discussion…want the truth via REAL data…check out these articles: BAG TAX

HB1409 – I hope he signs this bill on May 23rd (the last scheduled bill signing day). This will generate the right kind of revenue for Howard County that is needed giving our current budget shortfalls.

Four Howard County Delegation bills in 2019 have already been signed into law.

One significant item of note…if the Governor does not sign these bills…they become law…did you know that? I did not..but I know it now. Check this out:

The governor must sign or veto legislation within 6 days of transmittal (excluding Sunday), or it becomes law without his/her signature. Legislation transmitted to the governor within six days of session adjournment must be acted upon by the governor within 30 days of transmittal from the legislature (which has 20 days following adjournment to do so), or it becomes law without being signed.

So the Governor can ignore the final three 2019 HoCo Delegation bills…and they will still become law. How scary is that?

I will keep an eye out for what happens with these bills…and will report out around the 23rd…the final scheduled bill signing date on the books right now.

Scott E

1 COMMENT

  1. It’s not scary at all. The legislature passed the bills. Their collective voices, representing our voices, have much more weight than the voice of one person.

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