Maryland Transportation Fund Amendment (2014)

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Transportation Fund Amendment
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Maryland Constitution
Referred by:Maryland Legislature
Topic:State and local government budgets, spending and finance on the ballot
Status:On the ballot
2014 measures
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November 4
Transportation Fund Amendment
County Executive Vacancies Amendment
Endorsements

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.[1]

Fiscal note

The fiscal note developed by the Maryland Department of Legislative Services reads as follows:[2]

Fiscal Summary

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.[3]

Support

Supporters

Officials

The following officials sponsored the amendment:[4]

Former officials

The following former official sponsored the amendment:[4]

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.[4]

House vote

April 5, 2013 House vote

Maryland SB 829 House Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 108 78.26%
No3021.74%

Senate vote

April 7, 2013 Senate vote

Maryland SB 829 Senate Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 40 85.11%
No714.89%

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