Regulations: Why Counties Care & Making Your Voice Heard #MACoCon

During the MACo Winter Conference panel, Regulations: Why Counties Care & Making Your Voice Heard, panelists describe the regulatory process and its impact on county governments.   

Regulations are one of the key tools of state and county government in driving government action. The regulatory process often puts a finer point on things that the legislative branches intentionally left to the purview of subject matter experts or the executive branch. But regulations are not legislation, and there is a difference between not being in compliance with a regulation and not following the law. It’s important for county leaders to understand the regulatory process broadly and what key things local jurisdictions must look out for.

  • Title: : Regulations: Why Counties Care & Making Your Voice Heard  
  • Description: Much of the focus in Annapolis is on the General Assembly and the legislative process. For 90 days a year the legislature debates and makes laws that impact every facet of life. Outside of that window, the executive enforces those laws and exercises an almost equally important power – the ability to create and enforce regulations. While the regulatory process often gets less focus, counties should still pay attention. This panel will hear from state experts – including representatives from MDE, DNR, and DOL – as they describe the regulatory process and its impact on county governments.  
  • Speakers:  
  • Les Knapp, Government Relations Director, Maryland Department of the Environment 
  • Dylan Behler, Director of Legislative and Constituent Services, Maryland Department of Natural Resources 
  • Jennifer Frankovich, Asst County Attorney, Chief of Affirmative Litigation, Baltimore County
  • Moderator: The Honorable Regina T. Boyce, Maryland House of Delegates
  • Date/Time: Thursday, December 7, 2023; 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm 

MACo’s Winter Conference, “Eye of the Storm,” is scheduled for December 6-8, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, MD. More information can be found on our conference website.

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