2018 End of Session Wrap-up: Intergovernmental Relations

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of intergovernmental relations policy in the 2018 General Assembly. 

Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database.

Next-Generation 9-1-1

MACo made establishing the Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 in Maryland a 2018 Legislative Initiative. SB 285/HB 634 will help Maryland prepare for the deployment of a statewide Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) system that our residents expect and deserve. Specifically, HB 634/ SB 285 establishes the Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 Across Maryland. MACo believes this legislation is vital for the development of a statewide strategy to create a common framework for the implementation of NG911 in Maryland. The bill passed the General Assembly and awaits the Governor’s signature.

Bill Information | MACo Coverage

9-1-1 Public Safety Telecommunicators – Benefits

MACo supported a bill to give county governments the authority, if enacted under local law, to expand benefits for 9-1-1 public safety telecommunicators. SB 1053 would enable local governments to grant, by law, a property tax credit for dwellings owned by owned by public safety telecommunicators. SB 1053 was passed by the General Assembly and awaits the Governor’s signature.

Bill Information | MACo Coverage

2020 Census Grant Program

MACo supported a bill to provide counties with a new tool to help support a full, fair, and accurate count of all residents in the State of Maryland. Under the bill, local governments and nonprofit organizations may apply for matching grant funds to promote a fair and equitable 2020 Census. Local, state, and federal governments, businesses, nonprofits, and foundations all rely on census-track data to allocate funding, measure impact, and make strategic decisions around service delivery and economic development. The bill creates an efficient and effective system for leveraging state and local resources to support a more accurate 2020 Census, paving the way for a fair and equitable flow of resources to the State and its local jurisdictions. The bill passed the General Assembly and was signed into law by the Governor.

Bill Information | MACo Coverage

For more information on intergovernmental affairs legislation tracked by MACo during the 2018 legislative session, click here.

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