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Posted at 1:34 PM ET, 08/10/2010

Expanded taxi service in Pr. Geo.'s

By Washington Post editors

The Prince George’s County Council Tuesday voted 7-0 to overturn a veto by County Executive Jack B. Johnson of a measure expanding the number of taxis in the county.

Council members Will Campos and Tony Knotts were absent. Both had backed the measure when it won unanimous council approval earlier this year.

It was Johnson’s second veto in eight years. His only other veto was in 2003 on a park tax measure, which the council also overrode.

Johnson had said in a two-and-half page letter to the council last week that he liked the general premise of the bill but thought it might 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.

The law will take effect Oct. 1 and add 400 permits to the current 775. Drivers have generally favored the legislation, which has been opposed by taxi companies.

-- Miranda S. Spivack

By Washington Post editors  | August 10, 2010; 1:34 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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This is the second time that The Washington Post has reported that the County Executive has vetoed only 2 bills during his term. A quick check of the Legislative Information System discloses 4 previous vetoes with 1 overridden, 1 voted on but sustained, and 2 sustained when no action was taken by the Council. The previous bills are CB-23-2003, CB-73-2003, CB-11-2005, and CB-81-2005. Real facts are fairly easy to check.

Posted by: ralphgrutzmacher | August 11, 2010 4:07 AM | Report abuse

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