MACo, MML Release Joint Statement on Proposed Local Government Tort Claim Act Legislation

MACo and MML submitted a joint letter of information on proposed legislation regarding the Local Government Tort Claims Act (LGTCA) that was heard by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. The proposed legislation, JPR 11 - Tort Claims Acts – Limits on Liability – Law Enforcement Officers, is part of the draft Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021. The Local Government Tort Claims Act (LGTCA) sets reasonable judgment limits on claims against local governments and their…

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MACo, MML Release Joint Statement on Proposed Police Body-worn Camera Recordings Legislation

MACo and MML submitted a joint letter of information on proposed legislation regarding the release of police body-worn camera recordings in front of the Judicial Proceedings Committee. The proposed legislation, JPR 8 – Public Information Act – Police Body-worn Camera Recordings, is part of the draft Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021. The draft bill provides a framework for when police body-worn camera recordings are to be released under the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA).…

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Senate JPR Tackles Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights (LEOBR) on Day Three of Police Accountability Hearings

The two bills heard on the final day of virtual Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (JPR) hearings on draft police accountability and law enforcement reform legislation for the 2021 session solely centered on the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights (LEOBR).  The LEOBR is arguably one of the most controversial statutes in Maryland law. It establishes the procedures and framework for police discipline. Generally, proponents of the statute believe it provides a uniform system of due…

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Senate JPR Police Reform Hearing Two of Three Centers on Tech, Torts, and Investigations

The second day of virtual Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (JPR) hearings on draft police accountability and law enforcement reform legislation for the 2021 session focused on police body cameras, tort claims liabilities, and state prosecutor investigator authority among other issues.  JPR Chair Will Smith jumped right into the day's work noting that the hearing on Wednesday's six bill proposals would follow the same format as the day before. First, the sponsors would introduce the bills.…

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Senate JPR Held First of Three Hearings on Draft Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 Legislative Proposals

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee held the first of three hearings Tuesday on draft Police Accountability and Law Enforcement Reform legislation for the 2021 session.  The package of reform proposals falls under the umbrella of the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021. In his opening statement, Chair Will Smith clarified that the hearings being held this week were just the beginning of the committee's work on police reform and not final products. His goal is…

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Group Awarded Federal Funds to Treat Opioid-Related Illnesses in Western Maryland Newborns

The federal government has granted $166,000 to AHEC West for the Healthy Moms and Babies project which aims to reduce the prevalence and impacts of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in Allegany and Garrett Counties. The funding awarded to the Healthy Moms ad Babies project comes from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration's Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). NAS is an illness that newborns can experience after exposure to opioids…

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MACo Announces 2021 Legislative Initiatives

MACo to prioritize county budget security, elections, broadband access, and public health support in the 2021 session.  MACo’s Legislative Committee voted at the September 16, 2020 meeting to adopt the Association’s four priorities for the 2021 Maryland General Assembly Session. These issues cover a broad range of important county concerns that MACo will proactively advocate for in front of the General Assembly. DEFEND COUNTY BUDGET SECURITY The State and Counties together face an unprecedented public…

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NCSL Presents National Overview to Law Enforcement Body Camera Task Force

A representative from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) briefed the task force on body camera legislation passed across the nation since May 2020. Amanda Widgery, Senior Policy Specialist at NCSL, provided the task force an overview on police body camera legislation that has recently been passed in states across the U.S. Additionally, she shared insight into what role states play in assisting departments with storage; establishing security measures to protect data and enable…

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Survey: Maryland Ranks 6th in Nation for Vaccinations
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Survey: Maryland Ranks 6th in Nation for Vaccinations

A survey recently released by Wallethub puts Maryland among the top states for vaccination rates.  The Maryland Reporter: reports on the Wallethub Survey: Massachusetts ranked first and Mississippi ranked last. The survey’s findings are based on three criteria: Children and Teenagers Immunization Rates, Adult and Elderly Vaccination Rates and Immunization Uptake Disparities and Influencing Factors. Each criteria is assessed across 18 metrics. The metrics are graded on a scale of 0-100. WalletHub used data compiled…

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Stakeholders Propose New Program to Reduce Health Care Disparities in Maryland

Maryland legislators and advocates are partnering to propose the creation of Health Equity Resource Communities to boost funding and reduce disparities in certain targeted areas. The Health Equity Resource Communities program would be funded through a 1% increase in the alcohol tax. The bill to create the program will be sponsored by Delegates Erek Barron and Jazz Lewis. Maryland Matters reports: The proposal would create Health Equity Resource Communities, five areas that would receive extra…

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