Two Key Transportation Bills
These two key transportation bills help protect the environment and our communities by strengthening planning provisions.
What You Can Do
Contact all the Committee Chairs (regardless of district) and all the Montgomery County members of the responsible committees–whether or not they are your delegate or senator–and ask them to move these bill(s) forward to a vote. The deadline is March 18.
NOTE: The House Appropriations Committee has not held a hearing yet on HB0695, so you would ask them to do that immediately. You can call all your delegates and ask them to push for a hearing on HB0695
NOTE: House Appropriations has not held a hearing yet on HB0695, so you would ask them to do that immediately.
This bill extends the requirement for consent from a majority of affected counties before the state can build toll roads or toll bridges to all counties in Maryland.
- Maryland’s 9 Eastern Shore counties have had this right for many years.
- Will ensure fair and equitable practices across the entire state.
- Will ensure that input from affected communities is heard; increase transparency in decisions about the need for toll roads.
- House bill introduced by Del. Lierman (D46)
- Committee: Environment and Transportation
- Hearing held Feb. 7
- Senate bill introduced by Sen. Smith (D20)
- Committee: Finance
- Hearing held Feb. 27
Committee Chairs & MoCo Members
- House Environment & Transportation
- House Appropriations
- Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs
- Senate Finance
This bill would require the state to estimate the environmental impact of public-private partnership (P3) road projects before moving forward with the final design and selection of contractors for the projects.
- Large road projects will have serious consequences for the environment, including increased greenhouse gas emissions, additional noise, and negative effects on wetlands, parks, and bordering communities
- Makes sense to estimate the potential environmental impacts of the road project and what might be required to mitigate it before project proceeds .
- Will help Maryland meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40%.
- House bill sponsored by Del. Stewart (D19)
- Senate bill sponsored by Sen. Rosapepe (D21)
- Committee: Education, Health and Environmental Affairs
- Hearing was held Feb. 27
What You Need to Know to Have an Impact
Understand the Legislative Process – Bills are introduced in pairs with one version (and number) for each chamber. When initially introduced to the House or Senate (first reading) they are assigned to one or more committees. The committees gather information, hold hearings, and make a recommendation (favorable, favorable with amendment(s), or unfavorable) before they are presented for a “floor” vote by the entire chamber.
Here is a script you might want to use. It’s a phone script, but you can tailor it for emails by taking out the testing-support questions and simply asking the Delegate/Senator to vote for the bill