Maryland Transportation Fund Amendment (2014)
The Maryland Transportation Fund Amendment is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Maryland as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would, upon voter approval, provide for the establishment of a transportation trust fund and require that revenues in the fund be used for paying transportation-related bond debt and for the construction and maintenance of highways. The measure would require that the revenues in the fund not be transferred to the state general fund or a special fund, except to the Maryland Transportation Authority, Maryland Transportation Authority Fund, counties, municipalities and Baltimore or when the governor declares a fiscal emergency or the legislature obtains a three-fifths vote in both chambers.
State Effect: If adopted, the constitutional amendment would eliminate any transfers or distributions from TTF to the general fund or a special fund beginning in FY 2015. The overall effect on TTF revenues and expenditures is potentially significant but cannot be reliably estimated at this time and would depend on whether, and to what extent, TTF revenue distributions are not modified or transfers are not made as a result of the constitutional amendment.
Local Effect: None. It is assumed that the potential for increased costs to notify voters of any constitutional amendments proposed by the General Assembly, and to include any proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot at the next general election, will have been anticipated in local boards of elections’ budgets.
Small Business Effect: None.
The following officials sponsored the amendment:
- Sen. George Edwards (R-1)
- Sen. David R. Brinkley (R-4)
- Sen. Edward Kasemeyer (D-12)
- Sen. James Robey (D-13)
- Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-18)
- Sen. Roger Manno (D-19)
- Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-20)
- Sen. Douglas Peters (D-23)
- Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-25)
- Sen. Mike Miller (D-27)
- Sen. James DeGrange, Sr. (D-32)
- Sen. Richard Colburn (R-37)
- Sen. Nancy King (D-39)
- Sen. Verna Jones-Rodwell (D-44)
- Sen. Nathaniel McFadden (D-45)
The following former official sponsored the amendment:
- Former Sen. Rob Garagiola (D-15)
Path to the ballot
- 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. Senate Bill 829, which put the amendment on the ballot, was approved in the Maryland House of Delegates on April 5, 2013. The bill was approved in the Maryland Senate on April 7, 2013. The amendment was enrolled as a constitutional referendum on May 2, 2013.
April 5, 2013 House vote
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April 7, 2013 Senate vote
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- Maryland Legislature, "Enrolled Senate Bill 829," accessed April 23, 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.
- Maryland Legislature, "Transportation Trust Fund - Use of Funds," accessed April 23, 2014
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