Saturday, March 5, 2011

County delegation to Maryland General Assembly passes SBNC reform bill

The Capital reports that the Anne Arundel County delegation to the Maryland House of Delegates has approved a bill to add electoral features to the School Board selection process:

The county's House delegation has approved a bill requiring appointed members of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education be subject to contested elections.

The 8-7 party-line vote was held during a meeting Friday. Del. Tony McConkey, R-Severna Park, the bill's sponsor, said it would allow more representation from different parties on the board but opponents saw it as a way to further politicize what is supposed to be a non-partisan appointment.

The legislation will now head to the county's five-member Senate delegation for consideration.

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