Baltimore School Construction Bill Passes in the House

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The Baltimore City Public Schools Construction and Revitalization Act of 2013 was passed in the Maryland House of Delegates March 20, but only after having been completely rewritten by Maryland legislators.

Several pages of amendments significantly change the bill’s original proposals. Originally, the bill proposed establishing a Baltimore City Public Schools Construction Authority authorized to issue bonds to finance new school construction. The bill also called for the state to provide a block grant each year for school construction projects in Baltimore City.

The revised bill proposes the authorization of the Maryland Stadium Authority to issue bonds to finance new construction or improvements to Baltimore public schools and specifies that such bonds “are not to be a debt, liability, moral obligation, or a pledge of faith, credit, or taxing power of the state.” 

The bill and its several pages of amendments must be considered by members of the Senate where more changes could possibly occur.