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Ready Report: December 14, 2016

This update contains information about Governor Hogan’s announcement to repeal the “Road Kill Bill”, a Holiday Open House at Government House, and project open space funds allocated to Carroll County. 

 

STATE  NEWS:

Governor Hogan Announces Emergency Legislation to Repeal Road Kill Bill

Governor Hogan’s announcement today reaffirmed that the administration’s top legislative priority for the 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly will be the immediate and full repeal of House Bill 1013, more commonly known as the Road Kill Bill.  This bill takes authority away from local governments and the Governor and gives authority instead to a complicated algorithm that factors in a number of non-safety, non-road capacity related factors.  For more details, here are three videos I filmed during the 2016 Session to explain the issue in detail. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE8J6uT6yVs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmlGCMvTmjA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJsXKGGlrm0 – A humorous look at the complicated formula – which WAS slightly amended in the final bill but is still ridiculously and unnecessarily complex.

Due to an extremely flawed and biased scoring system implemented by the law, major priority transportation projects will likely be canceled in every jurisdiction in the state.  The current bill could place the following Carroll County projects in jeopardy:

MD 32 - Capacity improvements from MD 26 to I-70

MD 30 - Northwoods Trail to CSX

MD 26 - Operational, safety & streetscape at Liberty Road/MD 32

MD 140 - Capacity improvements between Market Street and Sullivan Road   

THIS Saturday, December 17th Governor Larry Hogan, First Lady to Host Holiday Open House at Government House

Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan invite all Marylanders and their families to join them for a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Government House.  The event is free of charge, open to the public, and there are no reservations required.

The first family ask that guests consider bringing unwrapped toys that will be donated to those in need during this holiday season. On behalf of Toys for Tots, the Marine Corps Reserve will be collecting them.

 

LOCAL NEWS:

Project Open Space Funding Allocated to Carroll County

Good news:

Last week, Carroll County received approval of three requests for development projects from the Department of Natural Resources’ Open Space Program totaling over $350,000.  The funds will be used for the following:

Bear Branch Tot Lot -  $105,030 to purchase and install playground equipment consistent with National Playground Safety Standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Mayeski Park Entrance Road - $50,000 to repair the park road including, paving, two speed bumps, and striping

Carroll County Tennis and Basketball Courts - $200,800 to renovate courts at Deer Park and Sandymount Park.

As I prepare for the start of the 2017 session, I welcome your thoughts and opinions.  Please feel free to contact me or my staff with any thoughts, questions, or concerns that you have.