Com­mis­sion­ers pre­par­ing for leg­isla­tive ses­sion wishes

Cit­i­zens to have chance to speak on pro­pos­als Sept. 13

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By MICHAEL SYKES II msykes@somd­news.com

Al­though the Mary­land Gen­eral Assem­bly will not be­gin meet­ing un­til Jan­uary, prepa­ra­tion in lo­cal ju­ris­dic­tions for the up­com­ing leg­isla­tive ses­sion has be­gun.

On Sept. 13, the county will hold a pub­lic hear­ing to al­low cit­i­zens, groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions to pro­pose any leg­isla­tive pro­pos­als or changes to any pro­pos­als they feel are needed to the Charles County Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers.

Af­ter those pro­pos­als are heard, the com­mis­sion­ers will de­cide whether they want to for­ward them to An­napo­lis over the next few months.

With that be­ing said, there are no leg­isla­tive pro­pos­als the county com­mis­sion­ers ex­pect to see, com­mis­sion­ers’ Pres­i­dent Peter Mur­phy (D) said. He is sure there will be many the com­mis­sion­ers have not heard of or thought of at this point on Sept. 13, but noth­ing “comes to mind” right now.

There are some depart­men­tal bills the county is con­sid­er­ing mov­ing for­ward, but there are not many things set in stone at this point.

“We don’t re­ally know be­cause on the 13th, any­body can present their stuff that night,” Mur­phy said.

One thing that will be dif­fer­ent this year, Mur­phy said, is that the com­mis­sion­ers will no longer con­sider bond re­quests dur­ing the hear­ing.

“We can’t stop any­one from ask­ing for them, but we will no longer be con­sid­er­ing them,” Mur­phy said. “I’m go­ing to make it very clear. The county com­mis­sion­ers are not for­ward­ing any bond bills to the del­e­ga­tion like we’ve done in the past.”

The county does not have con­trol over state money, Mur­phy said, so they have no con­trol over what re­quested money goes where. Also, he said, the county does not make a de­ci­sion on which bond bills will be con­sid­ered when they are ac­cepted. That is a del­e­ga­tion de­ci­sion, he said.

“We have no au­thor­ity to re­quest that a bond bill be drafted and pre­sented,” Mur­phy said. “We have no con­trol over what bond bills the del­e­ga­tion is go­ing to sup­port and for how much. That all hap­pens in An­napo­lis.”

The county’s role is to con­sider which bond bills they will sup­port if the South­ern Mary­land Del­e­ga­tion chooses to move for­ward with any. Af­ter the meet­ing on Sept. 13, Del. Edith Pat­ter­son (D-Charles), who is now chair­woman of the Charles County del­e­ga­tion, will hold a separate meet­ing for bond bills.

“I pre­sume she’ll do the same thing again,” Mur­phy said.

Com­mis­sioner Ken Robin­son (D) said he also does not know what to ex­pect in this year’s leg­isla­tive pack­age and will have a bet­ter idea of what peo­ple want to see af­ter the meet­ing on Sept. 13.

There are not many “hot bed” is­sues that have been brought up to this point, Robin­son said. “We’re in­ter­ested in hear­ing what the cit­i­zens might have at this point.”

But what Robin­son would like to see done dur­ing this year’s ses­sion is a veto over­ride from the del­e­ga­tion on Gov. Larry Ho­gan’s (R) veto of the leg­is­la­tion last ses­sion for the re­place­ment of the Gov. Harry W. Nice Me­mo­rial Bridge.

“I’m hop­ing for an over­ride of the veto. That’s my big­gest hope for the next leg­isla­tive ses­sion,” Robin­son said.

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