record for years supporting the adding
of two reversible lanes to I- 270. Anybody who looks at I- 270 sees it is a totally
peak-driven system. So I don’t get where
we need four lanes…and, hopefully, it
would be less expensive and therefore
the tolls would be less. And what you
can do on the Beltway is somewhat of
a mystery, because any of us who have
driven it see how tight the Beltway is.
If we fix Metro, have the Purple Line,
and have bus rapid transit, you have the
bones of a state-of-the-art system. And
then you can focus on one of the more
perplexing problems, which is the first
mile/last mile problem: How do you get
people out of their homes to the transit?
Other communities are now partnering
with Lyft and Uber to do that, and I sent
a letter to our Department of Transportation saying, ‘Excuse me, why aren’t we
doing this?’ ;ose are the kinds of things
I would seek to do as county executive.
You’re one of several candidates who
has spoken about how the county
government needs to improve its
attitude toward business. Has it also
become overly regulatory in terms of
the rank-and-file citizen?
;e short answer is yes: We went further than we had to [to] address serious
issues. [Regarding the ban on cosmetic
lawn pesticides], we were advised by the
attorney general’s o;ce that it was likely
to be preempted. I also felt that this was a
realm in which…we were going from zero
to 100 miles per hour in a nanosecond. I
felt like we needed to lead our community
to understand more fully the dangers. So
I proposed an alternative that would have
been the strongest pesticide law in the
country, short of a ban…and do that for
several years and see if it didn’t reduce our
use of pesticides by 50 percent. ;at, to
me, is good government: You lead people
to the result you want to take them to
without breeding resentment and push-back. Now, there are some situations
where you can’t a;ord to do that, and
there are those who argued this was one of
them—that lives are at stake. I understand
that, too. So I again tried to reconcile what
I thought were competing truths.
Casey Florance is a partner in the Family Law department at
Stein Sperling. Her unique understanding and compassion for her
clients distinguishes her approach to the practice of family law. Casey
represents clients in complex matters including divorce, contested
custody, support and property allocation.
Family Law Attorney
25 West Middle Lane • Rockville, Maryland 20850
301-340-2020 • www.steinsperling.com
Summer travel plans can become complicated and
stressful for divorced parents sharing time with their
children. These tips can help parents keep things simple
and avoid conflict:
1. Follow your custody agreement and/or order.
2. If your agreement or order doesn’t address
summer vacation, be sure to negotiate and agree upon
summer plans well in advance of the desired travel dates.
3. Plan to take the following documents on your trip:
• Any written agreements regarding the planned
travel, a Custody Agreement, and/or a Court Custody
• A parental travel consent form including
the child’s name, traveling parent/companion name,
destination(s) of travel, a statement of the non-traveling
parent’s permission, and both parents’ names and contact
• Your child’s passport, if traveling internationally.
You may also need the child’s birth certificate and other
travel documentation, such as travel visas, depending on
your destination. Be sure to leave ample time to acquire
the necessary documents prior to international travel, as
they may also require the other parent’s consent.
4. If you think your child’s other parent is attempting
to remove your child from the state or from the country
without your permission under the guise of summer
vacation, or if you have other questions related to
summer travel and custody, you should contact a family