Will Maryland Lawmakers Turn to Voters to “End the Gridlock?”

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I’ve resigned myself to the idea that we are definitely going to end up with a sixth casino and an expansion into table games at the General Assembly’s second special session that begins today. I mean, if there isn’t a good chance of passing the gambling bill, why would we march our lawmakers into a special session?

Anyway, assuming that the influence of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller is enough to get the gambling bill passed without a lot of fuss (but of course, who knows?), it might be conceivable that the GA will have time to discuss the “End the Gridlock” amendment, a bill which would put the decision of whether to fund transportation projects to voters. The theory is that turning these matters into referendums would bypass the “gridlock” (get it?) experienced when the GA has tried to figure it out.

I tend to favor any move that makes things more democratic, but even if this bill is ultimately a good idea (and maybe it is – “End the Gridlock” would help ensure that revenue drummed up for transportation projects actually gets spent there, for one) it’s a little sad. The message seems to be, “We can’t do our job, so please do it for us.”

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