FLASH: Hearing this Thursday, 2pm in Annapolis. See below for driving instructions, etc. You can also email a letter! Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Noon Wednesday 1/25. See below for the correct form for your letter.
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:
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.
In the 2016 session, House Bill 839, which would prohibit ICE’ing statewide, wasn’t passed because it ran out of time in the session. If a space is signed for EV charging and is being ICE’ed, the ICE vehicle would be subject to being ticketed (up to $100 penalty), towed, or removed at the owners expense.
This session, Del. Lam has pre-filed the same bill, with minor amendments as HB 36
Let’s support this legislation, since it’s fair both to EV drivers and ICE drivers by laying out clear rules for parking. This is going to be an ever-growing issue as more plug-in cars come onto the road.
The bill will be amended to make the fine up to $100 not precisely $100, and will loosen up the green pavement markings to harmonize the requirement with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices from the Federal Highway Administration.
–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.”
YOU CAN ALSO EMAIL YOUR TESTIMONY TO email@example.com BY NOON WEDNESDAY
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 36 Vehicle Laws – Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicles – Reserved Parking Spaces
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:
SAMPLE: Since 2015, I have driven a …EV. Several times, I have needed to use public charging to charge my car, but have encountered a gasoline vehicle parked in the space, blocking access. This is very annoying, since it caused me to miss my appointment…. If a car parked in front of a gas pump and the driver walked away, what do you think the reaction would be?
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.)
Jane Q. Public, Baltimore, MD
-and/or you can TESTIFY IN PERSON Thursday Jan 26 2:00pm 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.
Easiest parking, other than getting lucky on the street, is to park at the Navy Stadium for $2 and ride the free shuttle:
The closet public charging is at the Knighton Garage:
This is a chance for Maryland to be one of the handful of states to enact a statewide anti-ICE’ing law
EVADC Vice Pres.