Monday, January 7, 2013
Review all the resolutions, bill and hearings before the Baltimore City Council this week.
City Council committees will be holding hearings this week reviewing ordinances and resolutions aimed at addressing a variety of issues from city auditing practices to the Vacants to Value Initiative. The times and dates for these events are reported on the City Council’s legislative calendar and are subject to change.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Patch gives readers a chance to share their feelings on controversial topics in the news each week.
Ballot questions tend not to get the same attention as top of the ticket races for senate, president or governor. But in this year’s presidential general election, the ballot questions could have a huge impact on Maryland and Baltimore. On a state level, residents will be deciding whether the children of illegal immigrants can pay in-state tuition to attend state universities, whether residents want the most recent congressional redistricting map to stand and whether or not to allow same-sex marriage. But Baltimore residents also have plenty of ballot questions to address impacting the city, including four charter amendments. City residents will decide issues such as aligning the next city election with the 2016 presidential election, …
Monday, August 13, 2012
The Baltimore City Council passed legislation on Monday that would require the city to perform audits on city agencies every four years.
Baltimore voters will get to decide whether to amend the City Charter to require audits of major city agencies every four years. The City Council voted to approve the measure Monday and it will go before voters on Nov. 6 in the general election after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signs the legislation. The version of the charter amendment that was passed is less stringent than what supporters, such as North Baltimore council members Carl Stokes, Mary Pat Clarke and Bill Henry, had initially wanted. They wanted audits to be performed of 14 different city agencies every two years, that has been reduced to 13 agencies being audited every four years. Ian Brennan, a spokesman for Rawlings-Blake, said in an email that the mayor will sign the …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The bill would have allowed voters to decide whether the city would audit agencies every other year.
Voters may not get the chance to decide how often city agencies are audited after all. The City Council Monday voted down the amendment to the City Charter 8-7, but City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young sent the bill sent back to the Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee. "I’m almost too stunned to speak," Councilman Carl Stokes Stokes said before casting his vote and after enough of his colleagues voted against the bill. Stokes is the sponsor of the bill, which would have required that every city agency undergo an audit every other year. Currently, agencies do not undergo regular audits. Council members such as Bill Cole, Bob Curran and Nick Mosby voted against the bill, but voiced support for the concept of auditing…