2016 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 2016 Regular Session. Public Information Act – Police Body Camera Video: HB 947 / SB 930 is a MACo legislative initiative that creates a series of mandatory denials mandatory denials under the the Maryland Public Information Act … Continue reading 2016 End of Session Wrap Up: Public Information & Ethics

2016 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 2016 Regular Session. LGTCA – Repeal of Notice Requirement: SB 356 repeals the 1 year notice requirement under the Local Government Tort Claims Act (LGTCA) and the Maryland Tort Claims Act (MTCA). Under the MTCA, the … Continue reading 2016 End of Session Wrap Up: Government Liability & Courts

2016 End of Session Wrap Up: Environment

This post summarizes the status of various environment bills MACo took a position on for the 2016 Regular Session. Regulations for Anaerobic Digestion and Recycling Facilities: HB 61 is a departmental bill requiring the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to adopt regulations and permit systems governing anaerobic digestion facilities and recycling facilities. MACo Position: MACo supported the … Continue reading 2016 End of Session Wrap Up: Environment

2016 End of Session Wrap Up: Public Safety and Corrections

This post summarizes the status of Public Safety and Corrections bills that MACo took a position on during the 2016 Regular Session. Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights – Administrative Hearing – Reimbursement of Costs and Fees: HB 154 would require that an officer found not guilty by an administrative hearing board conducted under the … Continue reading 2016 End of Session Wrap Up: Public Safety and Corrections

2016 End of Session Wrap-Up: Transportation and Public Works

This post summarizes the status of Transportation and Public Works bills that MACo took a position on or considered during the 2016 General Assembly Session. Transportation Network Provider Law is Clarified: HB 3/SB 54 is an emergency bill that clarifies the new state law that passed last session regulating for-hire transportation providers such as Uber and Lyft. … Continue reading 2016 End of Session Wrap-Up: Transportation and Public Works

2016 End of Session Wrap-Up: Finance and Procurement

This post summarizes the status of finance and procurement bills that MACo took a position on or considered during the 2016 General Assembly Session. Renewal Energy Project Expansion: HB 105/SB 173 would expand commercial financing options available through clean energy loan programs by removing the limitation that commercial renewable energy projects generate no more than 100 kilowatts. … Continue reading 2016 End of Session Wrap-Up: Finance and Procurement

2016 End of Session Wrap-Up: Transportation – Local Highway User Revenues

What seemed to be a year to start the restoration of local highway user revenues, turned into the status quo for fiscal 2017.  This post summarizes actions in the budget and the status of legislation to restore local transportation funding that MACo took a position on. Final Fiscal 2017 Budget Actions – The budget as approved by … Continue reading 2016 End of Session Wrap-Up: Transportation – Local Highway User Revenues

2016 End of Session Wrap-Up: County Investing

This post summarizes the status of the county investing issues that MACo advocated for during the 2016 General Assembly Session. Counties Allowed to Invest Facility Closure Reserves. HB 835 / SB 631 will allow local governments to invest facility closure reserve funds like long-term funds, outside the tight restrictions placed on short-term “public funds” investments. MACo supported this legislation as a … Continue reading 2016 End of Session Wrap-Up: County Investing

2016 End of Session Wrap-Up: Education Funding

This post summarizes the status of education funding bills relevant to Maryland counties in the 2016 Regular Session. State Places $19 million for Teacher Pension Increases in Budget, Subject to Governor’s Funding Discretion. HB 934 / SB 674 would have provided a method for addressing a shortfall in funding required to meet the portion of Maryland state teacher pension … Continue reading 2016 End of Session Wrap-Up: Education Funding