In a move to save money and get some extra police, Maryland lawmakers on Wednesday approved a plan to increase the number of fences along its eastern border with the Commonwealth of Virginia to about 300.
The measure, which would be paid for by an additional $1.2 billion in federal funding, also includes funding for fencing at other locations along the Maryland-Virginia border, including at the Maryland border with Virginia and along the northern boundary of Virginia.
The Maryland proposal is a major change from a proposal that was approved by the House of Delegates earlier this year, which called for only a fence along Maryland’s northern border with Delaware and Virginia.
It also would have allowed only two fences along Maryland-U.S. border.
Democrats on the House-Senate conference committee approved the legislation Thursday.
They had previously pushed for a fence that spans nearly 2,000 acres of Maryland territory.
The House-sponsored bill would cost $3.2 million a mile, the Maryland Department of Transportation estimates.
It would be funded by the Maryland State Highway Administration, a $4.9 billion fund that includes tolls, fines and other fees.
The bill also includes $1 million to build a bridge that connects the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to the Maryland side of the state line.
It was a top priority for Gov.
Larry Hogan, a Republican, who said in a statement that his administration “will not hesitate to spend this money to provide the necessary infrastructure needed to move Marylanders and goods to their destinations safely.”
The measure passed the Senate on a 17-14 vote, but Hogan vetoed the measure.
The new fence would cost the state about $300 million, said House Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Baltimore Democrat.
It will be the first time Maryland has spent any money on a fence on the state’s southern border.
“We need to do the right thing,” he said.
Hogan also said in the veto message that Maryland would not pay for a new fence along the state-U”
But we need to have a very careful, thoughtful plan.”
Hogan also said in the veto message that Maryland would not pay for a new fence along the state-U