Pandemic Spending Workgroup to Hear from Depts. of Human Services, Ag

Departments of Human Services and Agriculture to discuss relief programs; Child care advocates to share issues receiving critical federal, state aid. The Comptroller's Workgroup on Pandemic Spending will hold its fifth meeting on Wednesday, December 8, at 1:30 pm to continue its review of state and federal COVID-related spending. The Maryland State Child Care Association executive director and the owner of a Pasadena child care center will share the challenges they have faced receiving federal…

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Maryland NG911 Commission Releases Fourth & Final Report

After four years of work to upgrade Maryland's 9-1-1 system, the Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) Across Maryland released its fourth and final annual report. The report includes 24 recommendations to continue the ambitious and essential move toward NG911, deliver these services equitably across the state, and bolster the statutory framework that governs the state's 9-1-1 systems. "Maryland has made impressive strides towards modernizing our 9-1-1 systems that have put us at the…

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Board of Public Works: December 15 Meeting Agenda

The Board of Public Works — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. It typically convenes on alternating Wednesdays in the Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis, and meetings are open to the public. The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 15,…

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Harford Pays Down Student Loans for 66 First Responders

Harford County’s NEXT GEN Responder Program Helps Recruit, Retain Fire & EMS Volunteers. Harford County is helping 66 first responders pay down their student loans. This is the first set of student loan repayments up to $5,000 per year in Harford’s NEXT GEN Responder Program for volunteer fire company members. “In addition to working paid jobs or going to school, our volunteer fire & EMS responders face increasingly rigorous training standards and give countless hours…

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MD Sports Wagering On Track for December Launch

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission today announced that Riverboat on the Potomac and Long Shot’s meet the qualification requirements for sports wagering licenses. “We’re extremely happy to see these two locally owned businesses move forward, and we’re eager to continue working with them in the coming weeks to launch their sports wagering operations,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin. According to Maryland Lottery and Gaming: The two venues are among the…

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Feds Strike Deal to Avert Government Shutdown

Update: Congress on Thursday gave final approval to legislation to keep the government funded through mid-February after Republicans dropped a threat to force a shutdown over the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates. The short-term funding measure, known as a continuing resolution, would fund government operations through February 18, 2022, but does not raise the debt ceiling, which lawmakers must address separately in the weeks ahead. Every year, Congress must pass, and the President must sign, budget…

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House Committees to Meet Virtually for 2022 Session: Here’s What You Need to Know

The House of Delegates Office Building will be open to the public during the 2022 legislative session, but committees will meet virtually. There will not be any receptions or large gatherings in the House Office Building during the 2022 legislative session. In addition, committees will not schedule committee dinners during the 2022 session. 2022 HOUSE COMMITTEE GUIDELINES House committees will work virtually for the 2022 legislative session. The following framework for House Standing Committees is…

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December 1 Board of Public Works Meeting: Here’s What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. The BPW considered and approved the following requests and recommendations at its meeting on December 1, 2021: Note: This is a list of county-specific items, not a comprehensive list of BPW actions. Allegany County A request from the Maryland…

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Special Session: Here’s How to Sign Up to Testify on Congressional Redistricting

The Maryland General Assembly will meet in Annapolis next week to redraw Maryland's eight congressional districts, and residents can sign up to deliver virtual testimony on the proposal. Anyone interested in providing testimony on congressional redistricting can sign up on the General Assembly website beginning on Thursday, December 2, at 9:00 am and Friday, December 3, at 6:00 pm. Congressional lines are drawn solely by the legislature and subject to gubernatorial veto. The General Assembly…

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