Agenda Item 7B
February 7, 2017
February 3, 2017
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative
Action: Bill 50-16, Elections - Special Elections - Executive Vacancy
, Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee recommendation (3-0): approve the Bill
Bill 50-16, Elections - Special Elections - Executive Vacancy, sponsored by Lead Sponsor
Councilmember Leventhal, was introduced on December 13,2016. A public hearing was held on January
24 and a Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee worksession was held on January 30.
Bill 50-16 would require a special election to fill a vacancy in the Office of the Executive under
certain conditions and establish the procedures for conducting a special election.
In 2014, the Maryland General Assembly proposed an amendment to the Maryland Constitution
to enable a county to enact a local law requiring a special election to fill a vacancy in the Office of County
Executive. See 2014 Maryland Laws, Chapter 261 at ©7-12. The Maryland voters approved this
amendment to the Maryland Constitution at the 2014 election. Pursuant to this authority, the Council
proposed a Charter Amendment that would authorize the Council to enact a law requiring a special election
to fill a vacancy in the Office of the Executive. The County voters approved this Charter Amendment at
the 2016 election last November. See Question A at ©13-16.
Bill 50-16 would implement this authority by requiring a special election to fill a vacancy in the
Office of the Executive that occurs before December 1 of the year before a year in which a quadrennial
state election will be held. The procedures for the special election would be the same as a special election
to fill a Council vacancy.
There were no speakers at the January 24 public hearing.
January 30 GO Worksession
The Committee discussed the Bill, the cost ,to run a special election, and the will of the voters
approving the Charter amendment last November authorizing the Council to enact this law. The
Committee recommended (3-0) approval as introduced.