Bill to impose Harford impact fee for schools advances

General Assembly

March 19, 2004

A bill in the General Assembly that would allow the Harford County Council to impose an impact fee of up to $10,000 on new homes to pay for school construction faced no opposition yesterday during a hearing in the House Economic Matters Committee.

Supporters of the legislation, the Harford County School Construction Financing Act of 2004, filled the room. County Executive James M. Harkins, schools Superintendent Jacqueline C. Haas and school board President Robert S. Magee testified in favor of the bill. They said it was needed to generate revenue to help pay for building the Patterson Mill middle and high school complex near Bel Air, as well as the renovation of older school buildings in the county.

County Council members had asked for even more authority to impose taxes and fees to raise money for schools. Three appeared in support of the bill: Robert G. Cassilly, Cecelia M. Stepp and Richard C. Slutzky.

Yesterday's action

ABORTION: The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs committee rejected a bill Wednesday that would have prohibited doctors from performing an abortion on a minor without notifying the minor's parents 48 hours in advance.

DRIVING: The House Environmental Matters committee killed yesterday a bill that would have prohibited minors from operating a vehicle with an unrelated minor as a passenger for the first six months after obtaining a provisional drivers license. Also killed was a bill that would have provided for a fine of up to $500 for driving while reading, writing, grooming oneself, interacting with pets or using a mobile telephone.

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