ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - Howard County executive Ken Ulman called a special press conference Thursday to do something he hasn't done in his six years as the county's leader -- veto a bill.
At the press conference held at the home of Martha Anne Clark, daughter of former state senator James Clark, Ulman said a recent bill regarding land preservation should not be taken lightly.
"I'm here today to restart the process," he said. "I do sincerely want to work with all of you here (and that means all of you), with our county council on a growth plan that fulfills the vision of Jim Clark and fulfills the vision of all of you that have worked so hard on this legislation and to create the county that we have today. To do that restart, I need to veto this bill that the county sent me."
The bill, if allowed, would have made land in Howard County capable of being protected from development.
The significance of the Clark family?
Senator Clark is considered the father of agricultural land preservation in Maryland. He was the chief architect of the state's program in the 1970s. The Clark family has been farming 540 acres of preserved land, 160 of which are in the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program. About 380 acres are protected by Howard County.
"This is not the end," Ulman said. "This is the beginning of a productive dialog."
Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Inside the Baltimore Police Department's watch center is the hub from which city police can view hundreds of crime cameras, pull up street corners and follow suspicious activity sometimes in progress; fancy hardware increasingly complimenting witty software.
ABC2 Investigators uncover Baltimore Police officers making huge amounts of overtime as the agency downplays the total amount spent on OT.
Scripps reviewed dozens of lawsuits and spoke with former insiders who all allege the companies that handle Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s asbestos and pollution claims, wrongfully delay or deny payment to cancer victims...
More Howard County News
A Frederick man is facing 14 counts of sex offense and child abuse charges in connection with the abuse of boy between 1997 and 2003. Police are also looking for additional victims.