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.

Toll Roads, Highways, and Bridges – County Government Consent Requirement (HB0102 SB0442)

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.

Talking Points

  • 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.

Status:

Committee Chairs & MoCo Members

Transportation Climate Accountability Act of 2019 (HB0695 SB0788)

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. 

Talking Points

  • 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%.

Status

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

Sample Call or Email Script


Hi, my name is _______________. I am a member of DoTheMostGood MoCo and a constituent of [Delegate/Senator] _______________. I live at ________________.

I would like the Delegate/Senator to support HB0000/SB0000, [name of bill] which addresses [intent or 1 sentence summary of the bill].

This bill is important to me because [your personal statement or talking points above)]

Will Delegate/Senator ___________ support this bill? [Yes/No/Undecided]

[Yes response]: Please thank Delegate/Senator __________ for [his][her] support.

[No response]: Please let Delegate/Senator __________ know that I support this bill.

[Undecided response]: I hopeDelegate/Senator __________ will seriously consider this bill and give it [his][her]support.

Thank you for your time.



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