Public Defender: Push Back More Misdemeanor Court Cases

Maryland Public Defender Paul DeWolfe has called on the Judiciary to delay more cases, due to COVID concerns. The Public Defender has issued a letter to Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, arguing that the State's return to heightened restrictions due to coronavirus spread should also trigger a delay in a wide swath of District Court proceedings. The request follows a Judiciary ruling that a variety of jury trials be postponed for similar reasons. From coverage…

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MACo Thanks Natasha Mehu, Pursuing New Opportunities

Natasha Mehu, Esq. MACo congratulates Natasha Mehu, who after nearly seven years with MACo will pursue exciting new professional opportunities. A visible and outgoing leader of MACo's ever-present policy team, Natasha Mehu will be leaving this month to pursue other professional opportunities. Ms. Mehu has led MACo's policy team as Legislative Director, and has worked most closely with the Maryland Association of County Health Officers, the Maryland Correctional Administrators Association, and most recently MACo's County…

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State: CARES Deadline Approaching, Have a Plan, Look to PPE

The State Secretaries of Budget and Health issued a letter to county leaders - noting the approaching federal deadline for the use of coronavirus relief funds under the CARES Act, and suggesting steps toward ensuring compliance and promoting service to Marylanders. State Budget Secretary David Brinkley and Health Secretary Robert Neall, whose agencies have been cooperativelyoverseeing the CARES funding program through 2020, have issued direction to counties in the waning weeks of the year -…

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Visit Nationwide’s Virtual Benefit Fair

Nationwide, a MACo Platinum Corporate Partner, has developed an impressive virtual benefit fair booth with useful interactive functionality. The Nationwide Retirement Plan Virtual Benefit Fair Booth will be open through Dec 10th, 2020. Attend the 3D interactive event to help take advantage of the benefits of enrolling and planning for the financial future you want. This year’s virtual experience makes it easy to: Meet virtually with a Retirement Specialists Learn from two educational workshops: Retirement…

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Statewide Ballot Questions Pass Comfortably

Unofficial results from the Maryland election point toward both statewide ballot questions passing by comfortable margins. The two ballot questions, posed to Marylanders in this election as Constitutional Amendments, ultimately deal with fiscal matters - and both appear headed toward passage. Question 1 - Changing the Maryland State budget process This amendment will, beginning with budgets cast after the next state election, grant the General Assembly more authority in the creation of each year's operating…

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MACo Seeks Policy Fellow for 2021 Legislative Session

The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) is seeking a paid, work-from-home Policy Fellow to assist the Executive Director and staff during the 2021 Maryland General Assembly Session. MACo is a nonpartisan organization that represents the interests of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. The Association is involved in a variety of policy areas affecting county government, including but not limited to: budgets, taxation, business affairs, finance, procurement, labor relations, public works, elections, education, environment, public…

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US Treasury Offers Latest Guidance on CARES Funds

The US Department of the Treasury, overseeing the use and distribution of federal CARES funds for pandemic relief, has issued a new set of guidelines for allowable uses of these funds, as the "use-by" deadline of December 30 approaches The updated guidance includes the following: Clarification on using CRF dollars for public university student refunds (tuition, room and board, meal plans, etc.) Clarification on using CRF dollars for real property acquisition and improvements and to…

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Harford’s Capt’n Jim McMahan Honored as Outstanding Veteran Volunteer
Serving Those Who Served Our Country panel from left to right: Senator Waugh, Delegate Young, Councilman McMahan, Robert Brown, Dana Hendrickson
Harford’s Capt’n Jim McMahan Honored as Outstanding Veteran Volunteer

Recent MACo Conference Panel "Serving Those Who Served Our Country" moderated by then Council Member McMahan, at the lectern Longtime MACo favorite Capt'n Jim McMahan, former Council Member in Harford County, receives a statewide honor from the Daughters of the American Revolution for his continued service. Former Council Member Jim McMahan (Capt'n Jim to everyone) has been honored for his longtime volunteer work to serve veterans. The honor was bestowed by the Maryland State Society…

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September’s LGIT Leader Newsletter – Loaded With Info

The Local Government Insurance Trust, co-founded by MACo and a MACo Corporate Partner, serves local governments with insurance coverage - ensuring quality, responsive, and stable coverage for your services, employees and property. LGIT offers an occasional newsletter covering its services and updates - and the September issue is unusually packed with relevant and timely issues. In this brief newsletter, read about: -revisions to LGIT's equipment breakdown policy coverage -a new vendor for cyber insurance, available…

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Dorchester’s Lenny Pfeffer Joins MACo Board of Directors

MACo's Board of Directors Welcomes Dorchester County Council Member Lenny Pfeffer George L. "Lenny" Pfeffer represents the Fourth District of the Dorchester County Council, a northern district nestled along the banks of the Choptank, and abutting Caroline County - including Secretary, where he has deep community ties. He is retired from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department where he served as a Firefighter, EMT, MFRI Instructor, Driver/Operator and Lieutenant.  He is also the former owner…

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