MACo Soliciting 2020 Legislative Initiative Proposals

MACo is currently welcoming suggestions for legislative initiatives for the 2020 legislative session. Each year, MACo adopts up to four topics to forward as initiatives — working with supportive legislators to get those bills introduced and enacted. Past years have seen a wide range of MACo focus — from major budgetary topics to legal clarifications to public health measures. County governing bodies, individual elected officials, MACo’s professional affiliate groups, MACo chapter organizations, and others within…

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Howard Latest County to File Suit Against Opioid Manufacturers

Howard County has filed a complaint in Howard County Circuit Court against Purdue Pharma and other opioid manufacturers and distributors. Howard joins a number of jurisdictions including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Carroll, Harford, Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, Baltimore City, and the state of Maryland that have filed lawsuits against opioid manufacturers in distributors either in federal or state court. From The Baltimore Sun: In Howard County, more than 130 people, 38 of those from 2018 alone,…

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AG Investigation Results in Human Trafficking Charges

Attorney General Frosh has charged two individuals with human trafficking and other crimes following an investigation that spanned nine months and four counties. As announced in a press release: The indictments charge that Valdez Lawrence of Baltimore, and Mary Carr of Dundalk, forced women to engage in sexual acts for money in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City and Howard County. Charges in the indictment include human trafficking, conspiracy, receiving earnings of a prostitute,…

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Report Shows Lack of Affordable Housing for the Lowest Income Households

An article from Maryland Matters reports about a study released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) that found a nationwide shortage of affordable housing for extremely low-income households. Maryland was no exception as the article notes that the state is short 118,810 units of accessible rental units for extremely low-income households: Maryland is not unique: In its study, “The Gap,” NLIHC found there is no state in the U.S. with an adequate supply…

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Montgomery Creates Hub to Help Small Businesses

Montgomery County leadership has announced a new program to help small businesses and boost startups. From Bethesda Magazine: The Business Connect program — which will offer free training, workshops and individual counseling sessions — was announced by County Executive Marc Elrich as part of his efforts to diversify economic development. ... The first program will be based in Germantown’s regional service center and Elrich said the plan is to expand to the program to the…

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Why Don’t More Police Carry the Opioid Antidote?

The answer is cost. While more law enforcement departments have officers carrying naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses, nationwide the amount has not reached the "saturation point" primarily because of costs. As reported by Governing: Some local governments argue that their emergency medical services are better equipped to administer the drug, making it redundant for police to carry it. But the most frequently cited reason for not equipping police? Costs. Not only do officers need to…

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Frederick Law Enforcement Agencies Partner to Fight Cyber Crimes Against Children

Frederick County's Police Department, Sheriffs Office, and State's Attorney have partnered to form a "cyber crimes task force." The partnership is intended to help improve coordination and communication concerning the investigation and prosecution of cyber crimes against children. The Frederick News-Post reports: “The increase in demand for this type of investigation and prosecution just over the last 20 years [has] quadrupled, to say the least, in the amount of cases that we’re seeing,” Smith said.…

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Caroline County Names Charles Scott as Warden of County Detention Center

The Caroline County Commissioners have appointed Charles Scott to serve as warden of the county detention center. As announced in a county press release: During his long career in public safety, Scott has been responsible for overseeing a correctional treatment facility as well as commanding an Emergency Response Team, K-9 Unit, and developing and implementing policies, procedures and continuity of operations plans. As the Commander of Special Operations, Scott oversaw the Tactical Operation Unit which included…

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Op-Ed: ‘We Must Attack Opioid Overdoses With The Same Focus We Gave HIV’

In a Baltimore Sun op-ed, Dr. Yngvild Olson, medical director of the Institutes for Behavior Resources Inc/REACH Health Services and Vice President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, advocates for addressing the opioid epidemic with as much fervor as the HIV/AIDs crisis was addressed at its height. From The Sun Op-Ed: In 1990, just months after Ryan’s untimely death, Congress passed the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act — legislation widely regarded today as…

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NACo Releases Report on Opioid Epidemic in Appalachian Counties

The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) have released Opioids in Appalachia: The Role of Counties in Reversing a Regional Epidemic. The report highlights new research on the disproportionate impacts the opioid epidemic has made on the 420 Appalachian counties as well as recommendations for action: At the turn of the millennium, the opioid overdose death rate for Appalachian counties was roughly equal to that of the rest of the country;…

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