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HUR Legislation Info

UPDATE: March 13, 2017
MML continues to meet with House and Senate leadership to discuss the status of the restoration of municipal Highway User Revenues during the 2017 legislative session. The House sent the budget to the floor on Monday, March 13 with local government transportation grants intact at the level in the budget introduced by the Governor. The Senate will take over work on their version of the budget, which is likely to be sent to the floor within the next two weeks. MML continues to advocate to retain full grant funding in the FY 18 budget and pass legislation to ensure full funding and future funding certainty for municipalities.

UPDATE: March 6, 2017

MML Priority Highway User Restoration Bills Heard Last Week 

Legislation requested by MML to restore municipal highway user revenues (HURs) were heard last week in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and the House Environment and Transportation Committee. SB 563 and SB 564, introduced by Senators King and Madaleno, would restore municipal HURs over two years beginning in FY 2019. Testifying in support of the bill were MML Legislative Committee Chair Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton, Vice Chair Cheverly Mayor Michael Callahan, and MML Director of Government Relations Candace Donoho.  VIDEO: HUR Hearing in the Senate

The hearing in the House Environment and Transportation Committee was held two days later, on Thursday, March 2. HB 942 and HB 946, which are exact cross files on SB 563 and SB 564, were introduced by Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Tawanna Gaines and MML Past President and former Mayor of Delmar, Delegate Carl Anderton.   VIDEO: HUR Hearing in the House

MML has met with members of leadership in both the House and Senate subsequent to both hearings and is cautiously optimistic that this may be the year that legislation passes to reinstate local government transportation funding in some form.

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Restore municipal highway user revenues (HURs), not only to meet current road maintenance needs, but more importantly, to provide a long-term, stable funding source for municipal transportation projects.

1.5 million Marylanders live in our 157 incorporated cities and towns. Municipalities provide essential, quality of life services such as water and sewer, police protection, trash removal, recycling, road maintenance, snow removal, parks and recreation, and streetlights.

Under Maryland’s Smart Growth laws, all municipalities are considered Priority Funding Areas (PFAs), which means they must have transportation infrastructure in place to support future growth in the State.

Municipal roads are among the oldest, and most heavily traveled roads in the State. These roads and bridges not only serve municipal residents, but are used by ALL residents of the State to access places of employment and important services and facilities in cities and towns.

Municipal HURs were first reduced by 96% in 2009 when the monies were used to backfill the State’s budget shortfall during the economic downturn. Since that time, municipalities have lost over $245 million with no plans for repayment.