Frederick to Audit Sheriff’s Office Financial Participation in Federal 287(g) Program

Frederick County plans to launch an independent, third-party audit of the sheriff's office's participation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) 287(g) Program. The audit will focus on how much county money is being used for the program. It will not review the intergovernmental service agreement (IGSA) between the sheriff's office and ICE. That agreement was audited last year by the county's internal audit agency. The Frederick News-Post reports: The review will likely include an examination…

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Diversity Caucus to Host Luncheon and Human Trafficking Discussion at #MACoCon

The Maryland County Officials Diversity Caucus (Diversity Caucus) will hold a luncheon from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at the MACo Summer Conference. The luncheon is open to all conference attendees with a Thursday lunch ticket. A Thursday lunch ticket is provided with a full conference registration, and may also be purchased separately with the Thursday daily registration. This year's luncheon will focus on human trafficking and feature remarks from guest…

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Breaking Barriers and Building Consensus Around Affordable Housing

The availability of affordable housing is a pressing issue locally and around the country. With many different strong viewpoints taking action to address the issue can be difficult...but it is not impossible. Learn more about how government leaders ad stakeholders around the state are building bridges around affordable housing policies for their communities at the 2019 MACo Conference session, "Breaking Barriers and Building Consensus Around Affordable Housing." Title: Breaking Barriers and Building Consensus Around Affordable…

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GOCCP Hosts First “Handle with Care” Statewide Summit

The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) recently hosted the state's first "Handle with Care" Summit. Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford provided welcoming remarks to the over 150 members of law enforcement, teachers, counselors, and mental health providers that were in attendance. From a GOCCP press release: This one-day summit brought together individuals and teams from around the state to share best practices for the Handle with Care Maryland program, an initiative designed to address…

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Carroll Joins Ranks of Counties Filing Suit Against Opioid Makers

Carroll County is the latest jurisdiction in Maryland to file suit against opioid drug manufacturers and distributors.  The county is pursuing the case in state court rather than joining the federal suit. The Baltimore Sun reports: The Carroll lawsuit, filed July 25 in Carroll County Circuit Court, seeks redress for damages from 29 pharmaceutical companies or their subsidiaries — including Teva Pharmaceuticals, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the opioid medication known as…

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Cyclospora Infections On the Rise, MDH Investigates

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is investigating a sudden rise in cyclosporiasis cases. The intestinal illness is caused by a microscopic parasite and spread by consuming fecal contaminated food or water. From an MDH press release: Thirty-seven of the 42 lab-confirmed cases reported between Jan.1 and July 20 have been reported over the last two weeks, part of an overall recent rise in reported cyclosporiasis cases in other parts of the U.S. The press…

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Van Hollen, Cardin Introduce Bill to Help States Tackle Prescription Drug Costs

In an effort to strengthen state efforts to reduce the rising price of prescription drugs, Maryland U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin have introduced the Empowering States to Address Drug Costs Act. The act would help provide states with vital information that can be used by prescription drug affordability boards or state multi-payer purchasing pools to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices. From the press release: “In the face of skyrocketing prescription drug…

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The Climate-Health Connection Will Blow You Away

At the MACo Summer Conference session, "The Climate-Health Connection Will Blow You Away," learn about the impacts the climate can have on public health and the evidence-based programs county agencies and their community partners are using to mitigate those impacts. Title: The Climate-Health Connection Will Blow You Away Description: Variable weather patterns and climate changes are increasingly affecting animal populations, water tables, septic systems and the ecosystems that support them. As a result, more cases…

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Sky’s the Limit: The Untapped Potential of Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship programs offer people the opportunity to earn while they learn -- that is to receive onsite training from a skilled practioner while also receiving any necessary classroom-related instruction to meet the requirements necessary to enter into their desired trade or profession. At the MACo Summer Conference session "Sky's the Limit: The Untapped Potential of Apprenticeships" learn more about apprenticeship programs and how cutting edge partnerships are helping to shape the next generation of practitioners.…

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Montgomery Council Grants New, Broader Zoning for Accessory Apartments

In a move to improve the availability of affordable housing units, the Montgomery County Council unanimously passed a bill that would authorize accessory dwelling units (ADU) in more lots within the county. ADUs are small secondary dwellings attached to or on the same grounds as a single-family home. Basement or over the garage apartments, backyard cottages, and in-law suites are common examples. As reported by The Bethesda Beat: The zoning change will allow the apartments…

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