Infrastructure: Virtual Event with President Biden, Wednesday 3pm

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Event with President Biden Wednesday, August 11 3:00-4:00PM ET County officials are invited to join a virtual event with President Biden on the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on Wednesday, August 11 at 3:00PM ET. The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes around $550 billion in new federal investment in America’s roads and bridges, transit, water infrastructure, resilience, broadband, and more. With the US Senate having just advanced…

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MD Courts Rein in County Board of Appeals’ Fine Authority
Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera (Photo Courtesy: www.mdcourts.gov)
MD Courts Rein in County Board of Appeals’ Fine Authority

The Maryland Court of Appeals recently ruled on a Talbot County case, including a subject matter determination that civil penalties are beyond the appropriate realm of charter counties' Boards of Appeals (who govern zoning matters). The decision in the unreported case is summarized on the first page of the decision document: Angel Enterprises Limited Partnership, et al. v. Talbot County, Maryland, et al., No. 45, September Term, 2020, Opinion by J. Booth IMPOSITION OF CIVIL…

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No New Statewide Masking Rule, But It’s Back in Three Large Jurisdictions

The continued spread of COVID variants has public health officials and government leaders re-thinking their local approaches. This week Governor Hogan announced new requirements for many State employees, and three of Maryland's largest jurisdictions renewed their local indoor masking requirements to combat the virus's effects. https://twitter.com/ScottWykoffWBAL/status/1423599236256575489 In Baltimore, Mayor Scott and Health Commissioner Dzirasa announced the resumption of an indoor masking mandate. From coverage on the WBALTV webpage: The mayor cited a rapidly increasing number…

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MACo Staff Welcomes Sofia Pablos-Aguirre

Sofia Pablos-Aguirre has joined MACo's Member Services Team, and will be the first face that our visitors see as our new Office Coordinator. Be sure to say hello at #MACoCon! MACo's newest staff member, Sofia Pablos-Aguirre has recently relocated to Prince George's County from Southern Florida. She has joined the MACo staff as Office Coordinator, and will be managing the office and contributing as part of MACo's Member Services team, helping to coordinate education and…

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Pending Evictions in Maryland: Where Are We Now?

With a federal eviction moratorium expiring, and the State's emergency declaration phasing out, programs to forestall evictions are on their way out - what's next for Maryland? (Tuesday twist: the CDC's action moves this question down the road for most MD jurisdictions, most likely) Among multiple policy provisions enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic, special accommodations for renters without income to make payments have prevented a major wave of tenant evictions. A federal provision, widely referenced…

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School Facilities Workgroup Focuses on “Facility Condition Index”

The Workgroup on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities had a substantive discussion on July 28, with some conversation focusing on the still-in-development "condition index" as a potential means for evaluating current condition of school buildings. The Workgroup on the Assessment and Funding of School Facilities, created by 2021 legislation, held its second meeting virtually this week. The majority of the discussion centered on presentations from the staff of the Interagency Commission on School…

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Calvert County Swears in Commissioner Christopher Gadway

Calvert County swore in its new County Commissioner Christopher Gadway on July 27, to complete the term vacated by former Commissioner Thomas Hutchins. On July 27, the Calvert County Commissioners welcomed Christopher Gadway, their newest member following his appointment by Governor Hogan. The swearing in and installation took place on the same day as MACo's briefing to the Commissioners, with MACo President and Caroline County Commissioner Wilbur Levengood and Executive Director Michael Sanderson sharing updates…

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December Special Session May Loom to Tackle Congressional Re-Districting

Legislative leaders are considering a December special session to redraw Maryland's eight congressional districts, based on new census data. Maryland Matters has uncorked a story informally swirling about Annapolis in recent weeks - that the General Assembly is eyeing a late-2021 special session to pass a new congressional district map. From their story: By law, the Maryland General Assembly must redraw the state’s 47 legislative districts, to reflect population shifts, while meeting in regular session.…

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State COVID Emergency: Still on Target for Mid-August Full Phase-Out

Despite some potentially confusing wording and actions, the full phase-out of the State's declared COVID emergency remains on track for August 15. In June, the Governor announced his intention to end the COVID emergency declaration, and cited a 45-day period for an orderly resumption of timetables and provisions related to the emergency itself. See coverage on Conduit Street: While Marylanders are still encouraged to get vaccinated and to maintain sensible behavior, the State of Maryland…

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MACo is Hiring! Annapolis Government Relations Professional

MACo's Policy Team is seeking a professional who can help represent and serve counties and their many front-line services across Maryland. Sound like a fit? Apply today! MACo is seeking a government relations professional to join our policy team, take a lead role on a series of policy areas, and coordinate advocacy and other projects with county leaders. Applications are due by July 30 (instructions listed below). The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) is the…

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