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Voters approve transportation lockbox, executive special elections

Voters approve transportation lockbox, executive special elections

Maryland voters made it more difficult for governors and lawmakers to raid funds designated for road and bridge repairs by approving a constitutional amendment to put those funds in a "lockbox." Also approved at the ballot box Tuesday: a measure giving local jurisdictions the right to hold special elections to fill vacant executive posts. Such elections could have been triggered by the scandal-driven departures of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon and Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold. The lockbox amendment, proposed as Question 1 on voters' ballots, bans diversions from the state's $4.6 billion Transportation Trust Fund without the governor declaring a...

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