Proponents of the decades-long effort to bring a light rail connection to Southern Maryland celebrated a major victory on Monday when U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D) and U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) presented Maryland state and Charles County officials with a symbolic check for $5 million in federal funding to help kickstart the next phase of the proposed Southern Maryland Rapid Transit (SMRT) project.
Over six months after Charles County’s agritourism bill was mysteriously withdrawn at the last minute by members of the county’s own delegation to the State House, the reasoning behind the surprise legislative prolicide may have finally come to light. As previously reported by TLR, the day before its first committee
UPDATE #2: It sounds like the agritourism bill may be dead this year after all due to the early adjournment. Sen. Arthur Ellis (D-Charles), the bill’s lead sponsor in the Senate, provided a statement to TLR on the bill’s status. “Unfortunately, because [the General Assembly will] shut down this Wednesday,