Annapolis, MD (March 2, 2007) - The Maryland Senate yesterday passed SB 110, which creates a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Subcabinet to include the Cabinet Secretaries of the Departments of Budget and Management, Business and Economic Development, Environment, Higher Education, Housing and Community Development, Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Planning, Transportation and the Superintendent of Schools. Governor Martin O’Malley tasked Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown with chairing the Subcabinet.
“We are ready to coordinate planning statewide for the 45,000 to 60,000 jobs coming to Maryland because of BRAC,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “Governor O’Malley and I are mindful of the tremendous responsibility that we have, not only in securing the national defense with these jobs, but also the responsibility to preserve and protect the quality of life in Maryland.”
The Subcabinet will work with the Congressional Delegation, County Executives, local BRAC coordinators, and the Military Installation Councils, to coordinate and oversee the implementation of all State action to support the missions of the Federal facilities in the State affected by the BRAC recommendations. Included in that, is the coordination of all BRAC-related initiatives in the areas of workforce readiness, grades K-12 and higher education, business development, healthcare facilities and services, community infrastructure and growth, environmental stewardship, workforce housing, and transportation.
Lt. Governor Brown said that the Subcabinet will meet every two weeks and be similar to Governor O’Malley’s State Stat meetings.
“We will meet the State agencies most impacted by BRAC and track the progress made on each issue,” said Lt. Governor Brown.
The BRAC Subcabinet will meet for the first time after the bill is signed into law by Governor O’Malley. The Maryland House of Delegates passed HB 136 on February 27, 2007.