Kirwan Follow-Up Bill Moving, With County Capacity Study

HB 1372, legislation adjusting and remedying a variety of components of the recently enacted Blueprint for Maryland's Future school funding plan, has passed the House, with a new section calling for a study of county "capacity" to afford its provisions. HB 1372 - Blueprint for Maryland’s Future – Revisions was a late-filed bill designed to adjust multiple provisions in the much-heralded school funding proposal, HB 1300 from 2020. Because that bill was vetoed and then…

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State Orders Counties: Stop Prioritizing Groups for Vaccinations

The State Department of Health's Acting Secretary has ordered county Health Officers to withdraw any prioritization of certain groups for vaccinations, and to abide only by the State's own tiered system (meaning all classes available may receive shots). According to Bethesda Magazine, an order issued by Acting Secretary of Health Dennis Schrader tells counties, specifically their Health Officers, to withdraw any remaining local decisions regarding the stages of COVID vaccinations, and to issue the vaccine…

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Maryland Vaccinations Extending To Phase 2 and Soon Beyond

Govenor Hogan announced the State's plan to expand eligibility for COVID vaccinations - entering Phase 2 next week, and opening vaccinations to all adults before the end of April. Governor Hogan announced today that, based on the state’s accelerating vaccination rate and an anticipated increase in supply from the federal government, the State of Maryland will enter Phase 2 of its vaccine distribution plan early next week. Beginning on Tuesday, March 23, the state will…

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NACo Consolidates, Submits Questions on Federal Rescue Funds

The National Association of Counties has submitted a broad list of questions, and supporting documentation, to the US Department of Treasury - as counties across America develop their plans for putting federal rescue funds to work across their communities. The US Department of Treasury welcomed input from a variety of stakeholders on implementation of the recent American Rescue Plan, and its accompanying provisions for the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. With federal funds flowing…

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Kirwan Clean-Up Bill: Hearings Done, Fiscal Note Available

The Fiscal and Policy Note, a staff summary of the bill's effects and fiscal consequences, is available for HB 1372/SB 965, the late-filed legislation to adjust timetables and provisions of the recently enacted "Blueprint for Maryland's Future" school legislation. Among the many resources available for counties to better understand the State requirements for school funding, the fiscal note on HB 1372 is likely the single most useful guiding light. It lays out the effects -…

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American Rescue Plan Offers Broad School Support

$122 billion from the American Rescue Plan will help to open the majority of K-8 schools, and support ongoing safety and equity offerings. Today, less than a week after President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP), the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced the amount of ARP Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding that each State, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia will receive to support their efforts to reopen K-12…

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County Re-opening Plans: Most With State, Some Staying Stricter

This week's announcement relaxing most statewide COVID restrictions on businesses and group events allowed counties to exercise "local authority" to remain more strict - and some are responding to still-troubling local caseloads and staying more cautious. This week saw a flurry of local action, which arose amidst legal questions about the Governor's latest executive order repealing many statewide restrictions. The elimination of state-granted authority left counties to quickly untangle their own processes and authority, in…

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Details, Timetables Emerging on the American Rescue Plan

Following passage of the landmark American Rescue Plan, the National Association of Counties is rapidly developing resources to help guide county leaders for the months ahead. In a major victory for America's counties, the State and Local Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Funds legislation, part of the American Rescue Plan Act, was signed into law by President Biden on March 11. The bill includes $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid to every county in America, as well as…

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Governor Rescinds State Authority For Greater Local COVID Restrictions … So, Now What?

During the Governor's press conference on March 9, he noted new Executive Orders, relaxing many of the statewide capacity and activity limitations in response to the coronavirus pandemic. A provision in one Order explicitly withdraws State authority for counties to retain stronger restrictions, apparently leaving counties to rely on their own local processes... though the Governor urged county leaders to "get in line."  The legal effects are... unclear. From a release sent to county leaders…

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Kirwan Blueprint Follow-Up Bill Filed, Expect A Fast Track

An "emergency bill" has been filed, to correct citations and timing issues with the recently enacted "Blueprint for Maryland's Future" school plan. HB 1372/SB 965 should receive rapid attention, as delays caused by the veto/override of last year's Kirwan bill has left multiple matters unclear. HB 1372 / SB 965 has been introduced by the Speaker and President to remedy technical and substantive matters with the broad "Blueprint for Maryland's Future" legislation passed in 2020,…

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