FREE Academy Webinar: Mountain or Molehill: The Impact of COVID-19 on Local Budgets

The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance invites MACo and MML members  to participate in a FREE webinar on COVID-19 effects on local budgets. Mountain or Molehill: The Impact of COVID-19 on Local Budgets COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on budgets at all levels of government. The costs of pandemic response and the impacts of the COVID recession have stressed local government budgets in particular. But how bad is this recession and long might…

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Challenging Times, Heavy Decisions: MACo’s Statement on the 2020 Summer Conference

MACo's highly-anticipated Summer Conference, scheduled for August 19-22, 2020, will have a new look this year. Every year, nearly 3,000 people plan to attend MACo's Summer Conference in Ocean City, MD. The event consists of 4 days of educational sessions, a 60-booth one-day technology expo, and a 250-booth two-day tradeshow - all focusing on the needs of county governments and working toward ways to solve the governance challenges of the day. This year, due to…

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U.S. Sen Cardin Urges Counties to Continue to Work Together, Weigh In on Federal Actions in Virtual Town Hall
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
U.S. Sen Cardin Urges Counties to Continue to Work Together, Weigh In on Federal Actions in Virtual Town Hall

MACo hosted a virtual town hall with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin this week, where the Senator gave federal updates and answered questions from the nearly 60 participants. Senator Ben Cardin, senior U.S. Senator for Maryland, has always had an open-door policy for local government officials. This week, it was a virtual open door as he invited MACo members to participate in an online Town Hall forum to discuss federal COVID-19 actions and ask questions. Nearly…

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FREE Academy COVID-19 Webinar Series Continues with “Open Meetings Act in a Time of Social Distancing”

The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance invites MACo and MML members  to participate in a FREE webinar the specific applications of the Open Meetings Act for virtual meetings. The Open Meetings Act in a Time of Social Distancing The need to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic has led governments to cancel in person meetings and begin to explore how to conduct meetings remotely. But how can we ensure that these remote meetings…

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FREE Academy for Excellence Webinar: Pandemic Response and the Law

The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance invites MACo and MML members  to participate in a FREE webinar on legal boundaries and emergency powers during a pandemic response. Pandemic Response and the Law The COVID-19 pandemic is a once in a generation challenge requiring extraordinary actions from all levels of government. But what exactly are the legal boundaries on emergency powers for county and municipal governments in Maryland? What emergency powers are available to local…

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Our Best to Les – Join MACo in Thanking Les Knapp

Les Knapp, a familiar face on the MACo team, will be officially leaving MACo on April 24. Join us in thanking him for his 15 years of advocacy on behalf of county governments. Les Knapp, serving as MACo’s Legal and Policy Counsel, marked 15 years with the Association this year. MACo announced in late 2019 that he would step down from his full-time role with the MACo policy team, in order to commit further to…

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Deadline Approaching for #MACoCon Session Proposals – Submit Yours Today!

The deadline for MACo's 2020 Summer Conference speaking proposals is April 15 - submit yours today! MACo's 2020 Summer Conference will be held on August 19-22 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. (As of this writing, MACo plans to hold the conference as scheduled, but will decide in early July if COVID-19 concerns necessitate the conference be canceled - if so, all registrations, sponsorships, and exhibit fees will be refunded) The…

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NACo Action Alert: Contact Congress on COVID-19 Legislation

From the National Association of Counties (NACo): ACTION NEEDED: CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON COVID-19 LEGISLATION Congress is hours away from finishing a massive $1-trillion economic package, including a potential State Stabilization Fund, to address the COVID-19 pandemic. ACTION NEEDED: Please call your members of Congress now to make sure that counties and local governments are eligible for direct assistance. CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CONTACT YOUR SENATORS CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES COVID-19 UPDATES FROM NACo During this…

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LGIT Seeks Trust Counsel with RFP

The Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) is soliciting proposals for the contract position of Trust Counsel. View the RFP - responses due by 11 am on May 1. The current Trust Counsel is retiring as of June 30, 2020 after having served in that position for 32 years. LGIT was created in 1987 by the Maryland Municipal League and the Maryland Association of Counties. LGIT currently has 190 members in its property and liability program,…

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UMMS Expert Posts Thread Debunking COVID-19 Myths

With COVID-19 continuing to spread, myths and rumors are running rampant. A University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) doctor on infectious disease, Faheem Younus, posted a thread on Twitter addressing popular myths about the virus. The thread has been liked about 70k times at the time of this writing: MACo will continue to cover how COVID-19 is affecting Maryland. View all Conduit Street coverage on the coronavirus.

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