Some Baltimore legislators, determined to win state approval of the city's ambitious plan to launch a $2.4 billion, 10-year overhaul of the state's aging school facilities, are actively considering bringing in the
The lawmakers' concern is that some state leaders who are otherwise sympathetic to the plight of Baltimore schoolchildren have concerns that the city school system lacks the ability on its own to manage a project of that scope.
One idea that has been proposed is to set up a new authority to oversee construction contracting and monitoring of projects. Sen.
McFadden said that if that arrangement doesn't satisfy skeptics who want a more powerful state role, he's willing to consider a role for the stadium authority or another, existing state entity such as the Maryland Higher Educational Facilities Authority.
"If someone has a better mousetrap, we're willing to consider it," McFadden said. "It could be any entity that helps us accellerate the process."
The plan backed by Alonso and Mayor
But McFadden, a key Miller ally who serves as president pro tem, said Baltimore Senate delegation -- all Democrats like Miller -- is holding discussions with the Senate president.
Two members of the city's House delegation also confirmed that there has been discussion of bringing in an existing entity to provide oversight of the project.
Del. Maggie McIntosh, a Baltimore Democrat who is a senior member of House leadership, said she has heard discussion of a stadium authority role as well.
"They're a trusted entity. Why don't we use them?" she said.
Despite its name, the stadium authority has taken on many projects over the last two decades in addition to sports arenas. Among them have been the convention centers in Baltimore and