HOUSE BILL 226
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HB 107/20 – ENT (PRE–FILED)
By: Delegate R. Lewis
Requested: October 28, 2020
Introduced and read first time: January 13, 2021
Assigned to: Environment and Transportation
A BILL ENTITLED
1 AN ACT concerning
2 Baltimore City – Complete Streets Program Funding – Traffic and Vehicle
3 Monitoring Systems
4 FOR the purpose of authorizing Baltimore City to recover the costs of implementing and
5 administering a traffic control signal monitoring system, a speed monitoring system,
6 a school bus monitoring camera, or a vehicle height monitoring system; requiring
7 Baltimore City to spend, after recovering costs, the remaining balance of fines
8 collected by Baltimore City as a result of violations enforced by a traffic control signal
9 monitoring system, a speed monitoring system, a school bus monitoring camera, or
10 a vehicle height monitoring system solely on public safety or transportation
11 infrastructure improvements consistent with the purpose and goals of the Complete
12 Streets Program and the Complete Streets Transportation System; and generally
13 relating to the Complete Streets Program in Baltimore City.
14 BY repealing and reenacting, with amendments,
15 Article – Courts and Judicial Proceedings
16 Section 7–302(e)
17 Annotated Code of Maryland
18 (2020 Replacement Volume)
19 SECTION 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND,
20 That the Laws of Maryland read as follows:
21 Article – Courts and Judicial Proceedings
22 7–302.
23 (e) (1) A citation issued pursuant to § 21–202.1, § 21–706.1, § 21–809, §
24 21–810, or § 24–111.3 of the Transportation Article shall provide that the person receiving
25 the citation may elect to stand trial by notifying the issuing agency of the person’s intention
EXPLANATION: CAPITALS INDICATE MATTER ADDED TO EXISTING LAW.
[Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.
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1 to stand trial at least 5 days prior to the date of payment as set forth in the citation. On
2 receipt of the notice to stand trial, the agency shall forward to the District Court having
3 venue a copy of the citation and a copy of the notice from the person who received the
4 citation indicating the person’s intention to stand trial. On receipt thereof, the District
5 Court shall schedule the case for trial and notify the defendant of the trial date under
6 procedures adopted by the Chief Judge of the District Court.
7 (2) A citation issued as the result of a vehicle height monitoring system, a
8 traffic control signal monitoring system, or a speed monitoring system, including a work
9 zone speed control system, controlled by a political subdivision or a school bus monitoring
10 camera shall provide that, in an uncontested case, the penalty shall be paid directly to that
11 political subdivision. A citation issued as the result of a traffic control signal monitoring
12 system or a work zone speed control system controlled by a State agency, or as a result of
13 a vehicle height monitoring system, a traffic control signal monitoring system, a speed
14 monitoring system, or a school bus monitoring camera in a case contested in District Court,
15 shall provide that the penalty shall be paid directly to the District Court.
16 (3) Civil penalties resulting from citations issued using a vehicle height
17 monitoring system, traffic control signal monitoring system, speed monitoring system,
18 work zone speed control system, or school bus monitoring camera that are collected by the
19 District Court shall be collected in accordance with subsection (a) of this section and
20 distributed in accordance with § 12–118 of the Transportation Article.
21 (4) (i) [From] EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH (5) OF THIS
22 SUBSECTION, FROM the fines collected by a political subdivision as a result of violations
23 enforced by speed monitoring systems or school bus monitoring cameras, a political
24 subdivision:
25 1. May recover the costs of implementing and administering
26 the speed monitoring systems or school bus monitoring cameras; and
27 2. Subject to subparagraphs (ii) and (iii) of this paragraph,
28 may spend any remaining balance solely for public safety purposes, including pedestrian
29 safety programs.
30 (ii) 1. For any fiscal year, if the balance remaining from the fines
31 collected by a political subdivision as a result of violations enforced by speed monitoring
32 systems, after the costs of implementing and administering the systems are recovered in
33 accordance with subparagraph (i)1 of this paragraph, is greater than 10% of the total
34 revenues of the political subdivision for the fiscal year, the political subdivision shall remit
35 any funds that exceed 10% of the total revenues to the Comptroller.
36 2. The Comptroller shall deposit any money remitted under
37 this subparagraph to the General Fund of the State.
38 (iii) The fines collected by Prince George’s County as a result of
39 violations enforced by speed monitoring systems on Maryland Route 210 shall be remitted
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1 to the Comptroller for distribution to the State Highway Administration to be used solely
2 to assist in covering the costs of:
3 1. Examining the engineering, infrastructure, and other
4 relevant factors that may contribute to safety issues on Maryland Route 210 in Prince
5 George’s County;
6 2. Reporting its findings and recommendations on any
7 solutions to these safety issues; and
8 3. Implementing any solutions to these safety issues.
9 (5) From the fines collected by Baltimore City as a result of violations
10 enforced by A TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAL MONITORING SYSTEM, A SPEED
11 MONITORING SYSTEM, A SCHOOL BUS MONITORING CAMERA, OR A vehicle height
12 monitoring [systems] SYSTEM, Baltimore City [may]:
13 (i) [Recover] MAY RECOVER the costs of implementing and
14 administering [the] A TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAL MONITORING SYSTEM, A SPEED
15 MONITORING SYSTEM, A SCHOOL BUS MONITORING CAMERA, OR A vehicle height
16 monitoring [systems] SYSTEM; and
17 (ii) [Spend] SHALL SPEND the remaining balance solely on
18 [roadway improvements] PUBLIC SAFETY OR TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
19 IMPROVEMENTS CONSISTENT WITH THE PURPOSE AND GOALS OF THE COMPLETE
20 STREETS PROGRAM UNDER § 8–903 OF THE TRANSPORTATION ARTICLE AND THE
21 COMPLETE STREETS TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM UNDER ARTICLE 26, § 40–6 OF THE
22 BALTIMORE CITY CODE.
23 SECTION 2. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That this Act shall take effect
24 October 1, 2021.