Maryland Special Elections for County Executive Vacancies Amendment (2014)
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State Effect: If the constitutional amendment is approved, general fund expenditures may increase by over $100,000 if a special primary election and a special general election to fill a vacancy in the office of county executive are held in a large county.
Local Effect: If the constitutional amendment is approved, county expenditures may increase by over $1 million if a special primary election and a special general election to fill a vacancy in the office of county executive are held in a large county.
Small Business Effect: Minimal.
On January 28, 2014, the Montgomery County Council sent letters to Delegate Anne R. Kaiser (D-14) and Senator Jamie Raskin (D-20) asking them to propose a change to the Maryland Constitution to allow the county to hold a special election if a county executive office becomes vacant. Currently, counties are allowed to hold special elections for county council positions, but not for county executive positions.
The letter stated, "Because I believe that the voters of the County should have the same opportunity to fill a vacancy in the position of County Executive as they do for a Councilmember, I ask if there is interest on the part of members of the delegation to pursue the necessary amendments to the Maryland Constitution and Code to make this a possibility."
- Maryland Association of Counties
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- See also: Amending the Maryland Constitution
A 60 percent majority vote in both chambers of the Maryland State Legislature was required to refer the amendment to the ballot. HB 1415 was approved by the Maryland Senate on April 2, 2014. The amendment was approved by the Maryland House on April 4, 2014. The measure was enrolled as a constitutional referendum on May 5, 2014.
April 2, 2013 Senate vote
|Maryland HB 1415 Senate Vote|
April 4, 2014 House vote
|Maryland HB 1415 House Vote|
- General Assembly of Maryland, "House Bill 1415," accessed June 3, 2014
- Maryland Department of Legislative Services, "Fiscal and Policy Note," accessed June 17, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Montgomery County Council, "Montgomery County Council Press Releases & Statements," January 28, 2014
- Capitol Impact, "Maryland Association of Counties in Support of House Bill 1415," accessed June 18, 2014
- Maryland Legislature, "HB1415 History," accessed June 17, 2014
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