2019 End of Session Wrap-Up: Emergency Services

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of emergency services policy in the 2019 General Assembly.  County governments lead the delivery of public safety services in Maryland - with responsibility for county fire, police, and emergency services. MACo's advocacy in the area of emergency services includes urging needed state support for county public safety services such as 9-1-1 call centers, and natural disaster response, and ensuring that all first responders…

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2019 End of Session Wrap-Up: Transportation and Public Works

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of transportation policy in the 2019 General Assembly.  MACo generally advocates for appropriate state assistance with roadways and bridges across our communities. Transportation is a shared function in Maryland, with state-maintained roadways (mainly numbered roads) and locally-maintained roadways interlocking throughout most areas. Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database. Partnering with the State Highway Administration MACo supported with amendments legislation that…

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2019 End of Session Wrap-Up: Employee Benefits and Relations

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of employee benefits and employee relations in the 2019 General Assembly.  MACo advocates for fair state laws governing employment practices, labor representation, and employer-employee relationships. MACo becomes particularly engaged when a proposal has a disproportionate or unique effect on public sector employees - frequently those affecting public safety employees or other public workers who engage in sensitive functions. Follow links for more…

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2019 End of Session Wrap-Up: Housing and Community Development

An overview of MACo’s advocacy on housing and community development legislation in the 2019 General Assembly. Under the umbrella of housing and community development, MACo advocates in support of legislation that advances local efforts to address public and affordable housing, blight, foreclosure, and community development. Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database.  Homeless Veteran and Domestic Assualt Survivor Housing Grant Program MACo supported the establishment of a local housing voucher grant program to…

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2019 End of Session Wrap-Up: Public Safety and Corrections

An overview of MACo’s advocacy on public safety and corrections legislation in the 2019 General Assembly. Counties are the primary provider of public safety services in the state. Each county is required to have an elected sheriff and some also have a county police force. Additionally, each county operates a local jail which holds inmates awaiting trial and those sentenced to 18 months or less. Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database.  Animal…

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2019 End of Session Wrap-Up: Health and Human Services

An overview of MACo’s advocacy on health and human services legislation in the 2019 General Assembly. Each county in Maryland has a local health department that provides essential public health services to residents. They are also county agencies provide human or citizen services for children, families, and persons with special needs. MACo advocates actively for policies that continue to confront the opioid crisis and to support county health and social services programs. Follow links for more…

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2019 End of Session Wrap-Up: Taxes and Revenues

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of tax policy in the 2019 General Assembly.  Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database. The General Assembly routinely considers proposals to change tax structures, often seeking to stimulate economic growth, encourage beneficial activities, or attract and retain residents. These proposals often are focused exclusively on the state’s tax structure, but sometimes extend to local revenues as well. In general, MACo…

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2019 End of Session Wrap-Up: Finance and Procurement

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo's work in the area of finance and procurement policy in the 2019 General Assembly. Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo's Legislative Database. Public Work Contracts MACo opposed legislation that would have placed an undue burden on small and minority contractors. The legislation created administrative burdens, such as requiring the submission of specified safety plans during the bid process, that would have made it…

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2019 End of Session Wrap-Up: Elections

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of elections policy in the 2019 General Assembly.  Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database. Counties administer and fund elections at the local level, overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers every two years. MACo routinely advocates against state policies that result in costly or burdensome implementation for local election officials. Voting Systems MACo opposed legislation that would require each voter…

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2019 End of Session Wrap-Up: Business Affairs

An overview of MACo’s advocacy on business affairs legislation in the 2019 General Assembly. Through business affairs advocacy, MACo seeks to protect local regulatory and licensing authority, enhance citizens’ safety, and improve access to regulated services. Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database.  Small Cells MACo strongly opposed legislation that would have significantly restricted local zoning authority over the installation of small cell "5G" wireless facilities -- including in historically important, culturally significant,…

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