Bolton Health’s Innovation Conference – Baltimore, May 17

Bolton Health is hosting an Innovation Conference at Baltimore's Center Club on May 17 - Connect with leaders and innovators and you look for health care solutions for your county employees. Bolton Partners, a MACo Corporate Partner, is hosting an event on health innovations - seeking to light a fire with employers and managers seeking "Solutions That Challenge the Status Quo of Employer Benefits." Join for this rapid fire discussion with leaders across the field.…

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What’s Your County’s School Funding Requirement? Watch This Bill.

In the final weeks of the 2022 General Assembly session, legislators appears ready to clarify and alter the "Maintenance of Effort" law for this year - the Senate has now incorporated these changes into amendments onto another related bill. HB 1450 was introduced as a "nuts and bolts" bill making technical and clarifying adjustments to timetables under the broad Kirwan Blueprint plan - largely recognizing the delays in populating the Accountability and Implementation Board, and…

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US Treasury’s Final Rules for Recovery Funds are Out, Here’s Your Walk-Through

The US Department of the Treasury has released its final rules for local government use of ARPA Recovery Funds. The accountability provisions will require some meaningful local compliance - NACo has assembled a useful guidance document, and is serving as a resource for county officials navigating this process. Received from the National Association of Counties, for distribution to county officials: NACo just refreshed a major update of our analysis of Treasury’s Final Rule for the…

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NACo Breaks Down the Federal Spending Deal: Here’s How It Affects Counties

NACo helped steer many components of the recent $1.5 trillion federal spending agreement - their policy staff break down the components of this broad compromise that affect county governments across America, and here in Maryland. From the NACo write-up After almost six months since the beginning of the federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 and after relying on a series of Continuing Resolutions (CRs), Congress reached a bipartisan agreement on a FY 2022 omnibus appropriations bill…

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“Crossover” Day Is Monday…Wait, Why Do We Care Again?

March 21 marks the General Assembly’s “crossover” date – bills that are not passed out of one chamber by the end of the day face higher hurdles for passage. Members of the Maryland General Assembly are rushing to meet a legislative deadline on March 21, which is known as Crossover Day in Annapolis. In short — the crossover deadline is the General Assembly’s way of moving things along toward passage. Bills need to pass both…

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Pared-Back House HUR Bill Moves, With Small Steps Forward for Local Roads

The House Environment and Transportation Committee voted out an amended version of its Highway User Revenues bill, HB 1187. The amended bill would defer the looming "cliff" until FY 2027, but provide only modest funding increases in the years ahead. Voting only one day after the bill's public hearing, the House Committee voted on the top initiative bill for both MACo and the Maryland Municipal League (MML) this session -- proposed as a full restoration…

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Analysts: Department Missed County MOE Calculations, Expect Revisions

Legislative Analysis Pointed out the State Department of Education Committed Multiple Errors in Calculating County "Maintenance of Effort" Funding Requirement; Counties Should Expect Revisions Each year, the State Department of Education is required to calculate each county's required school funding for the year ahead. At today's Senate budget hearing on Aid to Education, state legislative analysts showed multiple errors in these Maintenance of Effort calculations, and (perhaps charitably) offered that their calculations "may require attention."…

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Police Reform Update: No Bill Movement, But State Regs Coming?

Following the 2021 passage of broad police reform legislation, mostly taking effect, July 1, counties have been unclear on whether legislative revisions or clarifying state regulations will come to guide their local implementation. The latest: bills seem unlikely, but regulations may be coming soon. Legislation: The 2022 session of the General Assembly is halfway over, and the important "crossover" deadline for bill action looms only two weeks away. Thus far, no signs point toward passage…

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Counties: Anti-Swatting Act is Pro-Safety

On March 1, 2022, Executive Director Michael Sanderson testified before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in support of SB 881 - Criminal Law - False Statements - Emergency or Commission of Crime (Antiswatting Act of 2022). This bill prohibits a person from engaging in "swatting" - a harmful practice of contacting public safety authorities falsely describing a dangerous situation requiring a high-level police response. Doing so to deliberately summon police to the address of a foe…

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MACo Urges Maintenance of Effort Fix Should Only Have 1-Year Effects

On February 23, 2022, Executive Director Michael Sanderson testified before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in support of SB 640 - Primary and Secondary Education - Maintenance of Effort Requirements - Alterations with amendments. This bill creates a "flat funding" requirement for schools as part of each county's budget for fiscal year 2023, avoiding a funding drop arising from depleted enrollment from September 2020. Mr. Sanderson described the bill as "smart but incomplete," as it has…

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