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Destiny of poll questions might profoundly change how native, state authorities work – WBAL TV Baltimore

There are a number of ballot questions to decide in 2020, including two questions on the statewide ballot.If passed by the voters, some of the questions will profoundly change how local and state government work.”Ballot questions are really important because it gives the voters the chance to change law,” said Roger Hartley, dean of the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore.Read the state ballot questions hereQuestion 1 gives the governor line-item veto power and grants state lawmakers the authority to shift and target spending priorities in the state budget.A TV political ad for Question 2 mentions sports betting only once. The big selling point is millions of dollars generated by sports betting would be earmarked for education.What the doesn’t tell voters is how the industry will operate, how the revenue will be split and who would get the licenses. The coronavirus cut this year’s General Assembly short, so if approved, lawmakers will figure that out during the next session.Baltimore City voters will decide whether the City Council will have the power to remove the mayor from office because of misconduct. The scandal surrounding former Mayor Catherine Pugh prompted the ballot question. Pugh was sentenced in February to three years in federal prison on fraud and tax evasion charges.”I think if the voters look at the Baltimore City questions, they are going to see one big theme here,” Hartley said.Police reform protests inspired a ballot question about whether to give the City Council more control of the budget. Earlier this year, legislators tried to eliminate $22 million in police spending and use the money to open recreation centers, increase trauma services and provide grants to Black-owned businesses. The mayor vetoed it.City voters will decide whether to create the position of city administrator to oversee day-to-day operations.”There are concerns among some that the strong-mayor system we have now may give too much power to a mayor and really make it easier for bad things to happen, like corruption,” Hartley said.In addition to ballot drop off boxes and vote-by-mail, early voting begins Oct. 26 and Election Day is Nov. 3.

There are a number of ballot questions to decide in 2020, including two questions on the statewide ballot.

If passed by the voters, some of the questions will profoundly change how local and state government work.

“Ballot questions are really important because it gives the voters the chance to change law,” said Roger Hartley, dean of the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore.

Question 1 gives the governor line-item veto power and grants state lawmakers the authority to shift and target spending priorities in the state budget.

A TV political ad for Question 2 mentions sports betting only once. The big selling point is millions of dollars generated by sports betting would be earmarked for education.

What the doesn’t tell voters is how the industry will operate, how the revenue will be split and who would get the licenses. The coronavirus cut this year’s General Assembly short, so if approved, lawmakers will figure that out during the next session.

Baltimore City voters will decide whether the City Council will have the power to remove the mayor from office because of misconduct. The scandal surrounding former Mayor Catherine Pugh prompted the ballot question. Pugh was sentenced in February to three years in federal prison on fraud and tax evasion charges.

“I think if the voters look at the Baltimore City questions, they are going to see one big theme here,” Hartley said.

Police reform protests inspired a ballot question about whether to give the City Council more control of the budget. Earlier this year, legislators tried to eliminate $22 million in police spending and use the money to open recreation centers, increase trauma services and provide grants to Black-owned businesses. The mayor vetoed it.

City voters will decide whether to create the position of city administrator to oversee day-to-day operations.

“There are concerns among some that the strong-mayor system we have now may give too much power to a mayor and really make it easier for bad things to happen, like corruption,” Hartley said.

In addition to ballot drop off boxes and vote-by-mail, early voting begins Oct. 26 and Election Day is Nov. 3.

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