November 3, 2011
Secretary Richard Hall
Maryland Department of Planning
301 West Preston Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Dear Secretary Hall,
The Senate President sent your office a letter dated, October 25, 2011, requesting you delay finalization and implementation of PlanMaryland until the Maryland State Senate could hold hearings.
It appears as though you have no intention of yielding to the wishes of the Senate President.
In a Daily Record article dated November 1st, you are quoted as saying “We have confidence in what’s in there.” If this is the case, then certainly there should be no reason to put off hearings by the State Senate until the regular legislative session. That is, unless of course there is an actual lack of confidence in “what’s in there.”
If the data used to create PlanMaryland is unimpeachable, then its presentation in front of a State Senate committee should be nothing but a simple courtesy.
I ask that you yield to the request of the Senate President and avail yourself to hearings before final recommendations and implementation of PlanMaryland.
Senate Minority Leader
Senator EJ Pipkin