NACo NE Regional Conference Call – Tuesday 2/19

WHAT: NACo is hosting its Northeast Regional Conference Call. Call Objectives: Regular update from your NACo Regional Representative NACo Staff update on critical issues legislatively and organizationally Address issues of concern to you AGENDA:  Welcome and Introductions Hon. Christian Leinbach – Chairman, Berks County Commissioners (PA) / NACo NE US Representative Roll Call by State - Each state will be called and Elected County Officials will be given the opportunity to state their name and county. DC DE…

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Credit Alert: 2019 Land Use Institute

  WHO: The Maryland State Bar Association Real Property Section & Continuing Legal Education Department are presenting the 2019 Land Use Institute (Course #: 7039-19). WHAT: Credit Options: 5.5 CLE Credit 5.5 Real Estate 5.5 American Institute of Certified Planners The 2019 Land Use Institue agenda: Check-in and Continental Breakfast Opening & Welcome Keynote: Revised State Development Plan to Replace Plan MD Court of Appeals and Court of Special Appeals Judges Panel Discussion of Recent…

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Howard County – Safe & Sound

MACo Treasurer and Howard County Executive, Calvin Ball, has developed the Ellicott City Safe and Sound plan. This is a multi-phase plan built around the need for public safety, supporting business and property owners, preparing the county for a changing climate, and creating a more inclusive, community-driven process for decisions regarding Ellicott City’s future. Phase One: Ensuring Public Safety Building Acquisitions Emergency Public Alert System Clearing the Waterways Supporting Business & Property Owners Flood Mitigation Assistance…

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Laura Price Shares Her County Perspective on Annapolis

MACo Secretary and Talbot County Council Member Laura Price, has established a weekly column in the Star Democrat. She will cover news in Annapolis from the county perspective. Her first article, published on Feb. 3, covers how MACo functions during the Legislative Session, and a general overview of trending policy topics, including MACo's 2019 Initiatives. We [MACo Members] certainly do not get everything we want in the state legislature, but we have a very high…

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$5M Census Grant Program from MDP – Apply Today!

The Maryland Department of Planning has begun the 2020 Census Grant Program. The program will support in maintaining accuracy in the counting of the state and its local jurisdictions for the 2020 Census. The panel was established by Senate Bill 855 (Chapter 18 of the Acts of 2018). The panel: Chairman Steven Jost, Senior Vice President for Content Strategy at Subject Matter and former top official at the U.S. Census Bureau Robert McCord, Secretary, Maryland…

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Counties Laud Bill Protecting Sensitive 9-1-1 Transmissions

MACo’s Legal and Policy Counsel, Les Knapp testified in support for HB 215, Public Information Act - 9-1-1 Communications - Denial of Part of a Public Record, February 5, 2019. This bill prevents the public release of certain personally identifying information or graphic content under the PIA for 9-1-1 transmissions. The bill requires a custodian to deny inspection, under the PIA, of any part of a 9-1-1 record that depicts: a victim or information that…

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Counties Seek Option for Publicly-Financed School Board Elections

MACo’s Associate Director, Kevin Kinnally, testified in support for HB 147, Election Law - Local Public Campaign Financing - Boards of Education, February 5, 2019. This bill allows counties to provide public campaign financing to candidates seeking to serve as an elected member of the county board of education. From the MACo testimony: This legislation properly leaves the decision for establishing a system of public campaign financing in the hands of the local governments, who are best…

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MACo Supports a Smart Growth Investment Fund

MACo's Policy and Legal Counsel, Les Knapp, testified in support for SB 003, Maryland Smart Growth Investment Fund, February 5, 2019. This bill establishes a Smart Growth Investment Fund through the Department of Commerce. The workgroup recommending this fund is also recommending the creation of public-private investments for sustainable communities or areas designated for transit-oriented development. The bill calls for: a one-time State investment of $7 million a private investment of at least $18 million…

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Cecil County Exec and Charles Chief of Treasury Join LGIT Board

The Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT), has two new county members on its Board of Directors: Cecil County Executive, Alan McCarthy, and Charles County Chief of Treasury, Eric Jackson. New LGIT Board Members: Cecil County Executive, Dr. Alan McCarthy Dr. Alan McCarthy County Executive, Cecil County County Executive McCarthy has served on the MACo Legislative Committee and has been a vocal and productive participant in MACo events during his six years in the county elected…

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Allan Kittleman Confirmed For Workers’ Comp Commission

The Senate, on Friday, February 1, consented to the Gubernatorial appointment of Allan Kittleman as a Member of the State Worker's Compensation Commission. Kittleman, former Howard County Executive, will serve the remainder of a 12-year appointment, which began on February 1, 2008. Allan H. Kittleman, a lifelong Howard County resident, was elected in 2014 as the ninth County Executive, pledging improved transparency, strong fiscal management, and bipartisanship. He had previously also served as a member…

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