This week, Governor Larry Hogan announced emergency legislation to repeal House Bill 1013. As your state senator for District 37, I am proud to stand with Governor Hogan to support a full repeal of the transportation scoring legislation passed in 2016 during the upcoming legislative session. Legislation to repeal the “Road Kill Bill” would return the prioritization of transportation projects back to local jurisdictions. Currently, HB 1013 creates a scoring process that redistributes funding for major road construction projects to just four jurisdictions. Under the new scoring system, 66 out of the 73 transportation projects are fully cancelled.
The General Assembly rushed HB 1013 without adequate debate and input from local jurisdictions. This legislation is an attempt to fix a problem that does not exist. The system has been in place for 34 years and is both transparent and effective. In reality, this one-size-fits-all ranking system will kill dozens of the most critical road projects across the state.
I urge my fellow lawmakers in the General Assembly to work with Governor Hogan and repeal this unnecessary legislation to ensure that every jurisdiction in the state can receive the funding they need to address their infrastructure priorities. I will continue my efforts to ensure projects in Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, and Wicomico Counties are heard.
If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please don’t hesitate to contact me. To be added to Senator Eckardt’s Press Release and Events email list, please emailSenatorEckardt37@gmail.com.
Senator District 37 – Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, and Wicomico Counties
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