HB 839 Anti-ICE’ing bill in Maryland legislature

Guide to Pending Anti-ICE’ing Legislation in Maryland

IF YOU DRIVE A PLUG-IN CAR AND USE PUBLIC CHARGING, THIS IS OF INTEREST TO YOU, ESPECIALLY IF YOU’VE EVER BEEN ICE’D

Currently, Montgomery County and Howard County are the only jurisdictions in Maryland with anti-ICE’ing statutes. The Montgomery County statute is 31-26B:

https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/Resources/Files/bill/2013/20140304_32-13A.pdf

Call Montgomery County non-emergency 301-279-8000 to report ICE’ing.

The Howard County statute is 21.207

https://apps.howardcountymd.gov/olis/GetFile.aspx?id=4103, which was recently amended to expressly include private property.

Call Howard County non-emergency (410) 313-2200 to report ICE’ing.


Now there is a bill in the Maryland Legislature, House Bill 839, which would prohibit ICE’ing statewide. If a space is signed for EV charging and is being ICE’ed, the ICE vehicle would be subject to being ticketed ($100 penalty), towed, or removed at the owners expense.

Let’s support this legislation, since it’s fair both to EV drivers and ICE drivers by laying out clear rules for parking.

Two points where this bill differs from the MoCo and HoCo laws:

  1. a) HB 839 requires that the vehicle be plugged in – THIS LANGUAGE WILL BE REMOVED
  2. b) HB 839 requires “A PLUG-IN ELECTRIC DRIVE VEHICLE CHARGING SPACE SHALL BE INDICATED BY GREEN PAVEMENT MARKINGS.”

 

You can get the bill here:  Summary of HB 839, including latest text, co-sponsors, votes and comments

https://legiscan.com/MD/bill/HB839/2016

Current HB 839 text

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2016RS/bills/hb/hb0839f.pdf


Action Items:

READ THE BILL (It’s short, only three pages). See links above

COMMENT ON THE BILL -Send in written testimony (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/pubs-current/current-env-faqs.pdf) “If you have written testimony, please submit 35 copies to the committee staff for distribution by 11:45 p.m.”

Since I’m going to testify, and to make things easier, email me your letters of testimony (to rumpole@mac.com), and I’ll print them out and get them delivered on time. Email me by Wednesday night 3/2/2016.

Here is a sample letter I sent for the recent HOA bill, which died in committee 🙁   Yours should have the heading:


 

Testimony to the House Environment and Transportation Committee

HB 839 Vehicle Laws – Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicles – Reserved Parking Spaces

Position: Favorable

The Honorable Kumar P. Barve, Chair

Room 251, House Office Building
Annapolis, MD 21401

Honorable Chair Barve and Members of the House Environment and Transportation Committee:

etc.

A good letter would say what kind of car you drive and briefly tell of one or two instances of ICE’ing you’ve experienced, and give your opinion on ICE’ing.  (The letters will be in the public record and available to the public.)


-and/or you can testify in person Thursday March 3, 2016 1:00pm at the House Environment and Transportation Committee, House Office Building, 6 Bladen St. (from College Ave.) Anyone wishing to testify on any bill must sign the witness register before the hearing begins. Witness sign up closes at 12:45 p.m.

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Easiest parking, other than getting lucky on the street, is to park at the Navy Stadium for $2 and ride the free shuttle:

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The closet public charging is at the Knighton Garage:

DON’T FORGET EMAIL ME YOUR LETTERS BY WEDNESDAY NIGHT 3/2/16, RUMPOLE@MAC.COM

This is a chance for Maryland to be one of the handful of states to enact a statewide anti-ICE’ing law

Thanks,

Scott Wilson

EVADC Vice Pres.

 

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