Speaker Jones Wants Cannabis on 2022 Ballot, Announces Workgroup

Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones last week announced support for a referendum to legalize cannabis on the 2022 General Election ballot.  “While I have personal concerns about encouraging marijuana use, particularly among children and young adults, the disparate criminal justice impact leads me to believe that the voters should have a say in the future of legalization,” said Speaker Jones. “The House will pass legislation early next year to put this question before the…

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Counties Submit Comments on Treasury’s Interim Final Rule for Fiscal Recovery Fund

The National Association of Counties (NACo) last week submitted comments on the US Department of the Treasury’s Interim Final Rule (IFR) for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund established under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Since the enactment of the ARPA, counties have been working hard to develop implementation plans that will help spur an equitable economic recovery across the nation. Local governments are using these critical recovery funds to invest in…

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Anne Arundel Appoints New Equal Opportunity & Human Relations Officer

Smith’s prior roles include work with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, New York City Commission on Human Rights. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman today named Asha Smith as Anne Arundel County’s new Equal Opportunity and Human Relations Officer. “Asha Smith brings a wealth of equal employment knowledge and leadership to our team, including her key role in our school system’s response to the pandemic,” County Executive Steuart Pittman said. “I want to thank Joelle…

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NSA, CISA, FBI Issue Cybersecurity Advisory

The National Security Agency (NSA), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a Cybersecurity Advisory describing over 50 tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) applied by Chinese state-sponsored cyber actors targeting the United States and allied networks. The advisory also details general mitigations to protect against these cyber threats. One significant tactic described in the advisory includes the exploitation of public vulnerabilities within days of their public disclosure, often in…

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Despite National Gains, Maryland’s Economic Recovery Wobbles

For the first time in 13 months, Maryland lost 6,400 jobs in June. The state's unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2 percent, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nationally, nonfarm payrolls increased 850,000 for the month, which beat expectations. The national unemployment rate, however, rose to 5.9%. “Today’s jobs report is further evidence of the ongoing challenges our state’s economy is facing due to a serious labor…

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Montgomery “Oops Tag” Program Reduces Non-Recyclable Materials Sent to Recycling Center

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is promoting its Recycle Right “Oops Tag” Program to inform residents about materials that should not be placed in recycling bins. Teams are inspecting individual residential recycling bins looking for items that are not recyclable. If any non-recyclable materials are found, inspectors will tag the bin, identifying the items that are not recyclable. Crews have found the recycling bin rejection rate is about 22 percent for the…

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Cecil, CCPS Collaborate On Innovative School Construction Approach

Cecil County and Cecil County Public Schools (CCPS) have made significant progress in their collaborative planning efforts for the new North East Middle School construction project. An exciting outcome of these discussions has been the growing interest of both the County and the school system to expand construction to also include North East High School as part of the project. This would create a comprehensive grade 6-12 middle/high school complex on property the County recently…

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Governor’s Redistricting Commission to Hold Regional Meeting for Montgomery County Residents
The district map of Maryland as of 2013
Governor’s Redistricting Commission to Hold Regional Meeting for Montgomery County Residents

Per Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a virtual public meeting on Monday, July 21, at 6:00 pm for Montgomery County residents. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the governor’s executive order charges the commission with producing fair maps for both state legislative and congressional districts that comply with a set of criteria, including: Complies with U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act of 1965 Respects natural boundaries and geographic integrity Does not…

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Calvert Seeks Community Input On Complete Streets Plan

The Calvert-St. Mary’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (C-SMMPO) will host virtual public meetings to gather input and feedback from the community on design alternatives for the Complete Streets Plan, which will ensure that residents, workers, and visitors can safely walk or bike to nearby schools, restaurants, places of employment, and other local amenities. According to a press release: There will be two virtual public meetings held via Zoom; information presented at each meeting will be the…

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