Howard County Council vote to override County Executive’s veto of CB78-2021 fails on January 4th

A vote to override the County Executive’s veto of CB78-2021 (a forrest conservation bill in Howard County) failed by a vote of 2 to 3. Apparently those voting against this veto override included: Opel Jones, Christiana Rigby and David Yungmann.

The original vote for this legislation was 4 to 1 in favor with only David Yungmann voting against it on December 6, 2021:

I would love to share the entire video of the discussion from the session on January 4th but it is not online yet this morning (this is the norm with Howard County Council videos…you have to wait a while into the next day for the video links to be published…of course if they streamed these meetings to YouTube they would be available right away…but that is a rant for another day). The video links will eventually be published here I am guessing at some point today:

Because the video is not available I am sharing social media posts from community members that I have found on this topic that include information and video clips:

Howard County Councilmember Liz Walsh via Twitter:

Hiruy Lucas Hadgu via Facebook:

HoCo APFO via Twitter:

Hiruy Hadgu via Twitter:

Hiruy Hadgu via Twitter:


Here is some history for those interested:

After CB78-2021 passed by a vote of 4 to 1 on December 6th, the community was informed that County Executive Calvin Ball vetoed this legislation. Here is when we found out (or at least when I found out) about the veto of CB78-2021:

Howard County Councilmember Walsh reports that a forest conservation bill was vetoed by County Executive Ball

We then got additional information about the decision to veto via a letter sent by County Executive Ball:

Howard County Executive letter about his decision to veto CB78-2021

Howard County Councilmember Liz Walsh put out the following press release on December 30th about the upcoming veto override vote:

Howard County Council to Vote on Override of County Executive’s Veto of CB78-2021 during next Legislative Session on January 3rd


Scott E

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