2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Government Liability & Courts

This post summarizes the status of various government liability and courts bills that MACo took a position on for the 2017 Regular Session. Attorney’s Fees for Constitutional Violations: HB 903 / SB 705 authorizes a court to award a prevailing party attorney’s fees in a civil action against the State or a local government for … Continue reading 2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Government Liability & Courts

2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Public Information & Ethics

This post summarizes the status of various public information and ethics bills that MACo took a position on for the 2017 Regular Session. Public Information Act – Police Body Camera Video: As introduced, HB 767 / SB 970 would address when police body camera video would be disclosed under the Maryland Public Information Act (PIA). … Continue reading 2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Public Information & Ethics

2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Planning & Zoning

This post summarizes the status of various planning and zoning bills that MACo took a position on for the 2017 Regular Session. Energy Facilities – Consistency With Local Comprehensive Plans: As introduced, HB 1350 / SB 851 would require the Public Service Commission (PSC), upon receipt of an application for a certificate of public convenience … Continue reading 2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Planning & Zoning

2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Environment

This post summarizes the status of various environment bills that MACo took a position on for the 2017 Regular Session. Recycling – Regulation of Recycling Facilities: HB 124 requires the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to adopt regulations governing recycling facilities, in consultation with MACo and other key stakeholders. The regulations would allow for a tiered … Continue reading 2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Environment

2017 End of Session Wrap Up: Parks & Recreation

This post summarizes the status of various parks and recreation bills that MACo took a position on for the 2017 Regular Session. Program Open Space – Apportionment Committee: HB 105 would have reconstituted a local Program Open Space (POS) advisory committee that has not met in decades, specified that committee serves in an advisory capacity … Continue reading 2017 End of Session Wrap Up: Parks & Recreation

2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Emergency Management

MACo works closely with its new Emergency Managers Affiliate and local public safety answering point directors to track policy related to 9-1-1 call centers and was heavily involved in SB 466, described below. Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database.  MACo supported a bill to improve public safety communications in Maryland. … Continue reading 2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Emergency Management

2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Health and Human Services

MACo advocates actively for policies to help confront the opioid crisis and to support county social services programs. The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s advocacy in the area of health and human services in the 2017 General Assembly.  Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database.  Opioid Crisis MACo successfully supported … Continue reading 2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Health and Human Services

2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Housing and Community Development

MACo advocates for process improvements and innovative tools to help counties support community development throughout Maryland. The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s advocacy in the area of housing and community development in the 2017 General Assembly.  Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database.  Foreclosures Over the interim MACo participated in … Continue reading 2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Housing and Community Development

2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Highway User Revenues

Below is a brief overview of MACo’s work to restore county roads funding that was cut during the Great Recession.   Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database.  Highway User Revenues The General Assembly maintained an additional $8.8 million in additional local transportation aid to be allocated among 23 counties. For … Continue reading 2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Highway User Revenues

2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Public Safety & Corrections

MACo advocates in support of local public safety and corrections agencies. The following segments highlight MACo’s work in this area during the 2017 General Assembly.  Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database.  Pretrial Issues Pretrial reform is a major concern for Maryland’s counties. MACo supported a bill to establish a Pretrial Resource … Continue reading 2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Public Safety & Corrections