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Harford County’s three state senators have pulled the county executive’s bill to establish an expanded revenue authority after receiving a request from the Harford County Council to study the bill over the summer.

The senators unanimously voted to withdraw the revenue authority bill Wednesday, according to Senate Chair Barry Glassman.

He said now that the senate has withdrawn its bill, the House delegation will most likely do the same thing with its version of the bill, since the delegates have yet to vote on it.

Either way, the bill probably won’t be considered further in this year’s session of the Maryland General Assembly.

The authority, as initially proposed by County Executive David Craig, would have been able to finance an array of projects, ranging from parking facilities to a cultural center, but both the local delegation and the senate limited the scope of the authority to water, sewer and transportation, including parking facilities.

Both Glassman and Delegation Chair J.B. Jennings said the county executive was not inclined to support the more limited form of the bill.

“He [Craig] is still not happy with the way it is restricted,” Glassman said.

Glassman said he received a letter from the county council Monday asking the senate to hold off supporting the bill so that it could be worked on over the summer.

“I thought that was the last straw,” he said. “This thing is not ready for prime time.”

In addition to the letter, Glassman said there were about 25 amendments to the senate bill and no real consensus on what type of projects should be built by the authority.

“We still have a lot of questions on this thing,” he said. “These things are really powerful, and I want to make sure we are making the right decision.”


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