Attorney General Posts Updated PIA Manual

The Maryland Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has published the 15th edition of the Maryland Public Information Act Manual. The Manual outlines the Act's many provisions and provides important context for record requestors and custodians. The revised edition includes updated information and guidance from more recent court cases, and decisions of the Public Information Act Compliance Board. From the Manual's preface: This manual is designed to be a resource for a range of users,…

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Talbot, Feds Partner to Improve Coastal Infrastructure

Talbot County is partnering with federal agencies to deliver more than $2.8 million in funding for local infrastructure projects aimed at reducing the impacts of flooding. Last week, members of Maryland's congressional delegation announced that $1,436,701 in federal funds from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Coastal Resilience Fund to support coastal infrastructure projects in the Town of Oxford. The County will offer a further $1,437,959 in matching funds to support the projects. The…

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State Announces $19 Million in Eviction Prevention Partnership Grants to Counties

Governor Larry Hogan announced today that 17 local jurisdictions will receive a total of $19.3 million to help struggling families retain their housing during the pandemic. Funds come from the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and are awarded to counties through the Maryland Eviction Prevention Partnership. The awards will supplement existing resources, and allow counties to help more than 3,600 households through rental assistance programs. “Maryland has continued to be a national leader…

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Charles Pursues Establishing Resilience Authority

Charles County is moving forward with plans to create a resilience authority.  The Charles County Commissioners will hold a public hearing in December to consider legislation to create the Resilience Authority of Charles County. Legislation passed during the 2020 General Assembly Session with MACo's support that enables local governments to form resilience authorities to aid in the financing of resilience infrastructure projects. As many communities across the State struggle with the impacts of sea level…

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Ag Preservation and Program Open Space: State Agencies Brief Committee

Today, the Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation was briefed by State agencies on a variety of land use topics.  Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), and the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) were on hand to provide updates. The presentations focused on the status of land acquisition and preservation, as well as the impacts of the pandemic on agriculture and parks. MDA…

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EPA Calls for Increase to National Recycling Rate

Yesterday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a new National Recycling Goal to increase the national recycling rate to 50 percent by 2030. Wheeler made the announcement while discussing the Agency's draft National Recycling Strategy at the third annual America Recycles Summit. The new strategy hopes to achieve three key objectives in pursuit of the ambitious new goal: (1) Reduce Contamination in Recycling, (2) Make Recycling Processing Systems More Efficient, and (3)…

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Maryland Commission on Climate Change Issues Annual Report

The Maryland Commission on Climate Change has released its 2020 Annual Report to the Governor and General Assembly.  The report outlines the Commission's work examining new recommendations, and details actions at all levels of government to combat climate change in Maryland. Notably, this year's report comes with a Commission recommendation to establish a more ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goal requiring at least a 50 percent reduction by 2030 and achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2045.…

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Anne Arundel Doubles Down on Efforts to Reduce Sediment Pollution

Today, Anne Arundel County announced new guidance for construction site property owners and contractors in an effort to reduce sediment pollution. The County’s Department of Inspections and Permits released the guidance calling for more sediment and erosion controls on construction sites in advance of wet weather, and increased enforcement of all sites near the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The new guidance alerts contractors and property owners that the Department may require additional stabilization of…

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Worcester Announces Restaurant Relief Grant Program

The Worcester County Economic Development (WCED) is now accepting applications for a new program that will provide grants of up to $10,000 to local restaurants. The County is encouraging restaurant owners affected by the COVID-19 to apply for the Worcester County Restaurant Relief Grant Program. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 30, or until funds run out. WCED and an independent review board will award grants ranging from $5,000- $10,000 depending on the number of…

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Montgomery Council Approves Growth and Infrastructure Policy, Ends Building Moratorium

Yesterday, the Montgomery County Council approved the 2020-2024 Growth and Infrastructure Policy, formerly known as the Subdivision Staging Policy to support necessary infrastructure and new development. The policy ends the County's residential building moratorium at the end of this year, and incorporates several smart growth actions. Included in the policy are changes related to schools, transportation and taxes. The Council voted to eliminate the countywide development moratorium and replace it with a three-tiered Utilization Premium…

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