Senate Consents to the Appointment of McCord as Secretary of Planning
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Senate Consents to the Appointment of McCord as Secretary of Planning

On Friday, February 1 the Senate consented to the appointment of Robert McCord, Esq. as the Maryland Secretary of Planning. This Executive Nomination appointment serves at the pleasure of the Governor. McCord spent many years in county government. He first served as Deputy County Attorney for 5 years before being appointed as Harford County Attorney in 2004, where he served for 10 years. During his time as a county attorney, McCord was President of the MACo…

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MD Lawmakers Agree — Another Shutdown Not an Option

Maryland lawmakers agree that the federal government should not undergo another shutdown. WBAL-TV  interviewed Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, Congressman Andy Harris, and Senator Ben Cardin on Sunday, January 27. Despite being on different sides of the aisle, all three lawmakers agree that Americans should not have to endure another government shutdown, although their hopes for the outcome vary. In addition, Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler and political analyst for Goucher College Mileah Kromer joined in on…

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Counties Urge Continuing the Warrant Intercept Program

MACo’s Legislative Director, Natasha Mehu, testified in support for SB 109, Maryland Income Tax Refund - Warrant Intercept Program - Termination Repeal, January 30, 2019. This bill would remove the sunset on the Warrant Intercept Program, allowing it to continue on after the end date of September 30, 2019. The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the Comptroller's Office, and counties strongly agree that the program should continue. The Warrant Intercept Program allows individuals with…

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MACo Supports Removing Administrative Burden in Property Tax Collection

MACo’s Associate Director, Kevin Kinnally, testified in support for HB 0165, Corporations and Associations – Fee for Processing Articles of Dissolution, Certificates of Cancellation, and Other Documents - Repeal, January 30, 2019. This bill repeals a State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) processing fee. The fee is nonrefundable and is required for filing articles of dissolution (official document ending a business) and certifications of cancellation. These fees often remain unpaid, but responsibility for collecting them falls…

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Counties Ask State to Maintain Their Own Sidewalks

MACo's Executive Director, Michael Sanderson, testified in support with amendments for HB 10, State Highway Administration - Sidewalks Within Priority Funding Areas - Repair and Maintenance, January 30, 2019. This bill would extend the existing law, originally enacted by HB 786 of 2010, State Highway Administration - Sidewalk or Bicycle Pathway Construction in Priority Funding Areas. HB 786 required that the State Highway Administration take responsibility for building sidewalks adjacent to state roads in priority funding…

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From Rehabilitation to Recreation – St. Mary’s Increases Scholarship Funds

The Commissioners of St. Mary's County approved a transfer of $44,000 into the scholarship fund for county kids to participate in Recreation and Parks Programs. The money is from the remaining funds from the St. Mary's County Juvenile Drug Court program. The program is shutting down after 14 years, due to low enrollment. Currently, only two students are enrolled. This is a wonderful gift for the youth of St. Mary’s County. It will allow some…

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Welcome to County Office – Advice From Veteran Officials

The Maryland Association of Counties created the video "Welcome to County Office" to provide newly elected officials advice from veteran officials. Veteran elected officials that participated in the video: Barry Glassman, Harford County Executive, MACo President Craig Rice, Montgomery County Council Member John Barr, Former Washington County Commissioner, MACo Past President Rikki Spector, Former Baltimore City Council Member, MACo Past President Sheree Sample Hughes, Maryland State Delegate, Former Wicomico County Council Member Steve Arentz, Maryland…

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MoCo Provides 5 Opportunities for Community Feedback on FY20 Budget

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich is holding five FY20 Operating Budget Forums leading up to his March 15 announcement of the Recommended FY20 Operation Budget. Schedule: January 16, Silver Spring Civic Center (completed) January 22, 7 pm, Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center January 23, 7 pm, Mid-County Recreation Center January 31, 7 pm, BlackRock Center for the Arts February 4, 7 pm, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School According to the Montgomery County press release: It is…

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2018 MACo President to Start as AA Economic Development Corporation CEO

Former Anne Arundel County Council Member and 2018 MACo President, Jerry Walker, will step into the role of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) CEO on February 2. He was appointed by County Executive Steuart Pittman. Pittman was a constituent of Walker during his two terms on the council representing District 7. Beyond his experience on the council, he has displayed dedication and knowledge of economic development in the county. He has worked at…

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Baltimore Sun Talks 2019 General Assembly Session on Facebook

Baltimore Sun reporters Pamela Wood and Luke Broadwater used Facebook to give a preview of the 2019 General Assembly Session. They tackle hot topics for the session including school funding, also known as the Kirwan Commission. The 2019 General Assembly Session in Maryland will begin January 9, 2019, and meets in regular session for 90 calendar days. To listen to the archived copy of the Facebook post, please visit the Baltimore Sun's Facebook post. To…

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