Testimony

2019

September 8, 2019


Howard County Council Resolution 112

The Board of Directors of the Howard County League of Voters, voted to support CR-112 at its monthly meeting on September 5, 2019.  Our support concurs with a LWVUS position supporting federal efforts to help communities bring about racial integration of their school systems.

The League recognizes that demographic changes, zoning laws and housing patterns in Howard County have created great socioeconomic disparities in school populations resulting in significant achievement gaps among lower income students.  There is considerable evidence that student achievement improves in integrated classrooms.

The League believes that CR -112’s call for the Howard County Public School System to develop a plan to integrate its schools comes at an appropriate time and urges its passage by the Council and the County Executive.

 

February 24, 2019

Senate Bill 535

The League of Women Voters of Howard County supports Senate Bill 535, which will enable Howard County to enact legislation to provide for public financing for Board of Education candidate campaigns.

The League of Women Voters is a strong advocate of public financing of elections, either voluntary or mandatory. Public funding is one step that furthers the League’s belief that candidates for office should be able to compete equitably for public office and have sufficient funds to communicate their messages to the public.
Howard County has legislated public funding for the County Executive and County Council. Extending this option to Board of Education candidates is a logical next step.
The League of Women Voters of Howard County thanks you for your serious consideration of this legislation.


January 3, 2019

Re: Case No. ZB 11201

To Planning Board members:

The League of Women Voters of Howard County supports approval of the Enterprise Homes petition to amend the New Town District PDP to increase the number of approved dwelling units and density allowance. 

The League has been a long time supporter of adequate housing choice in Howard County within economic reach of persons of all ages as well as supporting increased diverse housing types. We recently adopted a position that assures that redevelopment of existing residential properties will not reduce the existing number of moderate and low income units.

Enterprise Homes plan to maintain the 300 low income units and add 300 market rate units fulfills that requirement and establishes new mixed income communities.  This concept also incentivizes  developers to invest in low and moderate income housing.

We urge you to support this amendment to the PDP to enable this project to move ahead.

The League of Women Voters adopts its positions after thorough study and consensus of its members.

Thank you for your consideration.

2018

Howard County Council Bill 2-19:  The League of Women Voters of Howard County opposes  passage of Howard County bill number 2-19, the proposal to require Orphans’ Court judges to be attorneys.  We base our opposition on a League of Women Voters of Maryland’s 2010 position that supports selecting both attorneys and non attorneys as Orphans’ Court judges. 

The League of Women Voters of Maryland positions are adopted after studying the issues and arriving at a consensus of all the states local chapters.

Thank you for your consideration of our position.

2017

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