Veto of districting map splits Howard legislators

November 16, 1991|By Michael J. Clark | Michael J. Clark,Howard County Bureau of The Sun

Howard County's Republican executive vetoed yesterday a councilmanic map approved by the council's three Democrats, saying it was unfair.

"I did not want to veto the bill," Charles I. Ecker said of his first veto in nearly a year in office. "I had hoped for a mutually agreeable plan, and I was willing to . . . work with the council, and the Democrats elected not to do it. I still think we could get together on a plan."

He said the map unfairly divided several communities and made major changes in district boundaries.

Council Chairman C. Vernon Gray, D-3rd, who sponsored the map bill, said the veto threatens Mr. Ecker's relationship with the council.

The veto sends the issue back to the council, where Democrats hold a 3-2 majority. But it's unlikely that Mr. Gray will be able to muster the four votes required to override the veto.

Mr. Gray said he would introduce a resolution to adopt the same map proposed in his bill. Unlike a bill, a resolution requires no action by the executive to become law and is not subject to veto.

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