Johnson vetoes taxi bill; council considers override
Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has issued his second veto in eight years -- this time nixing a bill that won unanimous support from the County Council to expand the number of taxis in Prince George's.
Johnson said in a two-and-half page letter to the council that he liked the general premise of the bill but wasn't happy with the details, which he said could backfire against elderly riders and prospective taxi drivers, many of whom have been waiting for several years to get one of the coveted Prince George's medallions. And some drivers who were in line to get medallions would lose their spot under a new system in the bill, Johnson said in his message.
The law would add 400 permits to the current 775. Drivers have generally favored the legislation, which has been opposed by taxi companies.
The council would need six votes to override the veto. A vote is scheduled Tuesday.
Johnson's only other veto was in 2003 on a park tax measure, and the council overrode it.
August 6, 2010; 3:13 PM ET
Categories: Miranda Spivack , Prince George's County | Tags: jack johnson taxis, prince george's council, prince george's taxis
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