Maryland Association of Counties Backs Governor Hogan Over Kamenetz on Road Kill Bill Repeal
Democratic Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's bad couple of weeks has continued. After being attacked by his Democratic colleagues for not doing his job, a position he took was also resoundingly rejected by his county government colleagues around the state. The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) voted to support Governor Larry Hogan's call for a full repeal of House Bill 1013, the Road Kill Bill. This is notable because County Executive Kamenetz is the President of MAco and has fought hard against a repeal of the bill.
Quotes from around the state:
Governor Hogan: “I sincerely thank MACo’s membership for standing up for their constituents and fighting back against the Road Kill Bill. This disaster of a law will wreak havoc on our state transportation system and usurp important authority away from local governments and away from the executive branch of state government, giving authority instead to lobbyists and special interest groups. I will not stop fighting until this catastrophic bill is repealed.”
Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh: “This law threatens critical projects in Anne Arundel County and imposes a one-size-fits-all formula that ignores the diversity of transportation needs in our State. I applaud Governor Hogan’s resolve to fight for important transportation projects that will keep Maryland moving.”
Harford County Executive Barry Glassman: “The scoring system established by this flawed legislation puts small to mid-size counties like Harford at a further disadvantage to obtain already limited capital road improvement projects. Harford County respectfully requests that the General Assembly repeal this law.”
Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman: “Maryland citizens deserve better than the unfair, overly complicated process created by this legislation. We should keep transportation decisions where they belong – with the local jurisdictions that understand their transportation challenges and needs.”
Calvert County Board of Commissioners President Evan Slaughenhoupt, Jr.: “This legislation appears to be an attempt to fix a problem that didn’t exist, and risks derailing critical projects that have been in the works for years. I am confident that we can implement a transparent and effective system for prioritizing projects that is fair to all jurisdictions in our state without this overreaching law.”