Maryland Disposition of Park Lands Act, Question 1 (2006)
Question 1 amended Section 3 of Article XII of the Maryland Constitution to prohibit the Maryland Board of Public Works from approving the disposition of specified state-owned land without the specific approval of the Maryland General Assembly.
Summary of measure
The Maryland Department of Legislative Services is required by Section 7-105 of the Election Law Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland to provide voters with neutral summaries of ballot questions. For Question 1, that summary was:
| Board of Public Works - Disposition of Public Park Lands - General Assembly Approval Required
Board of Public Works from approving the sale, transfer, exchange, grant, or other permanent disposition of any State-owned outdoor recreation, open space, conservation, preservation, forest, or park land without the express approval of the General Assembly, or of a committee that the General Assembly designates by statute, resolution, or rule.
Current law provides for an extensive process with respect to the disposition of excess State-owned outdoor recreation, open space, conservation, preservation, park, or forest lands. This process includes the determination of excess State-owned property, the declaration of such property as excess, as well as notification to specified entities. For certain property, the process may also include public hearings and final approval of the disposition by the General Assembly.
This constitutional amendment proposes an amendment to Section 3 of Article XII to expressly prohibit the Board of Public Works from approving the disposition of specified Stateowned land without the specific approval of the General Assembly or of a committee that the General Assembly designates by statute, resolution, or rule.
During the 2005 session, the General Assembly also passed companion legislation (Chapter 473) to make the changes to statutory law necessary to implement this constitutional amendment. That legislation requires notification of proposed dispositions to be made to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and the House Appropriations Committee of the General Assembly. In addition, for certain properties, dispositions must be approved by the Legislative Policy Committee or the full General Assembly. (Amending Article XII-Public Works)
Donors to the campaign for the measure:
- League of Conservation Voters Political Action Committee: $25,375
- Total: $25,375
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