Baltimore County Council Legislation

Baltimore County Legislation includes two types:

  • Bills, which modify the codes (laws)
  • Resolutions, which do not.
Those back to 2009 are still online. Some before that are archived on this site.

Bills

Pending legislation here.

Links to past copies (back to 2007)

As with other information, copies of older legislation are being removed from online so are provided below as local archive copies.

 Local ArchiveStill online hereOnline here
Bills - adopted 2006
(List
only)
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Bills - withdrawn 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Bills - vetoed     2012     2015 2016        
Bills - tabled/failed       2012   2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Resolutions - adopted   2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Resolutions - withdrawn 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Resolutions - tabled/failed           2014     2017 2018   2020  

Note: Prior to Nov 2018, a "tabled" bill did not really mean what it does in other organizations where a "tabled" item can be brought back to the discussion at the next meeting. At that time, the County Charter stated "any bill not passed within forty days after its introduction shall fail". Thus, any delay, such as by "tabling", was the same as failure, since the schedule did not provide for another meeting within the 40-day limit. In Nov 2018, citizens approved a Charter amendment that changed this time limit to 65 days, thus allowing for a true "tabling" of a bill to be considered at the next legislative session. Unfortunately, the Council then passed a screwy change to their procedures in Resolution 92-19 that did not implement this in a reasonable manner, so citizens were deprived of the intended benefit.

This is another case is which US and UK are separated by a common language. While we use "table" to mean take a bill out of consideration, the UK says "table" to mean put it on the table to be considered.

See here for list of  "special laws", i.e., those that were clearly intended to benefit a specific property or person, in conflict with the Maryland Constitution.