The bill died after the council members declined to take a vote, citing the risk of litigation for the county.

"I wouldn't want the county to get sued over it because it's a feel-good bill," said Guthrie, who had supported McMahan's efforts.

He said McMahan could bring a revised bill before the council this fall.

Bus transit

Sharon Lipford, deputy director of the Harford County Department of Community Services, made a presentation on the programs and services offered by her department, including the Harford Transit LINK bus service.

Donna Copenhaver, recording secretary for the council, noted parents of children who attend William Paca/Old Post Road Elementary School, off of Philadelphia Road in Abingdon, are often unable to attend events at the school, even parent-teacher conferences, because they do not have their own transportation and the buses do not run during evening hours.

The bus schedule for the routes serving the Abingdon, Bel Air, Edgewood and Joppatowne areas shows buses running from 6:30 a.m. to 6:25 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Lipford noted Harford County is surrounded by jurisdictions such as Baltimore and Baltimore County which have much larger mass transit systems and the funding to match them.

She said Harford must "build ridership" to increase its funding for greater service.

Hergenhahn suggested having the school's Parent-Teacher Association write a grant application to obtain funding to expand bus service; Copenhaver and Lipford agreed.

Copenhaver said the service could be available on nights when parents must get to a school event.

Lipford said "a small target area" in the William Paca/Old Post road district could work.

Harford aging task force

Meier said Lisanti is hoping to introduce legislation before the County Council this fall to create an aging task force, to increase awareness of issues affecting the county's senior citizen population, which she said is "growing exponentially."

"No one really understands how big an issue this is," Meier said.

An Aging Summit was held in mid-April, led by County Executive David Craig, State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly and the sheriff.

Meier said Monday the county does not have "the resources and the people" to handle matters such as the mental state of seniors with dementia and crimes against senior citizens.

"[We're] trying to develop resources and develop a plan to help promote awareness in the county," she said.