2018 End of Session Wrap-Up: Other Tax Bills

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo's work to protect and grow county revenues in the 2018 General Assembly.  Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo's Legislative Database.  Recordation Tax Exemptions MACo supported a bill that would exempt certain property transfers from recordation taxes – some of which are already exempt under existing law, or else a solid policy reason exists to make them exempt through this bill. The Senate amended…

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2018 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 2018 General Assembly.  Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo's Legislative Database. More Jobs for MarylandersMACo supported legislation that expands access to State economic development benefits under the More Jobs for Marylanders Program to geographical areas sharing a zip code with areas that currently qualify. Senate Bill 1104 and House Bill 1594 both…

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2018 End of Session Wrap-Up: Transportation and Public Works

MACo is committed to securing funding and resources that help maintain county roads and ensure the safety of county residents. The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of transportation policy in the 2018 General Assembly.  Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database. Rebuilding Roads Through Complete StreetsMACo supported legislation that creates a competitive grant program that makes Transportation Trust Fund dollars available to local governments for the planning…

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2018 End of Session Wrap-Up: State Budget and Fiscal Affairs

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of fiscal affairs policy in the 2018 General Assembly.  Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database. SDAT Cost Shift and Mandatory Spending Cuts Resisted by Counties in the Budget MACo generally supported the Administration's proposals for funding county services in the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act (BRFA). However, counties successfully resisted a potentially calamitous cost shift from the State Department of…

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2018 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 relations in the 2018 General Assembly.  Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database.  Wage Reporting and History MACo supported a bill with amendments that would mandate employers to exclude a variety of wage and salary history when offering jobs or promotions. Senate Bill 377 and House Bill 512 would have prohibited employers from relying on past…

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2018 End of Session Wrap-Up: Housing and Community Development

MACo advocates for process improvements and innovative tools to help counties support community development throughout Maryland. The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo's advocacy in the area of housing and community development in the 2018 General Assembly.  Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo's Legislative Database.  Prompt Foreclosure Notices to Local Governments MACo supported legislation that will allow counties to receive prompt notification about the ownership of foreclosed properties within their jurisdiction. This…

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2018 End of Session Wrap-Up: Education

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of education policy in the 2018 General Assembly.  Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database.  Counties Support Kirwan Commission's Preliminary Recommendations MACo supported a bill to implement the preliminary recommendations of the [Kirwan] Commission On Innovation and Excellence in Education. As a precursor to the Kirwan Commission’s final report, HB 1415/SB 1092 would establish a comprehensive teacher recruitment and outreach program, the Maryland…

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2018 End of Session Wrap-Up: Business Affairs

MACo seeks to protect local licensing flexibility, expand access for residents to critical services, and enhance citizens’ safety through its business affairs advocacy. The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in this area in the 2018 General Assembly. Follow links for more coverage on Conduit Street and MACo’s Legislative Database.  Electrical and Trade Licensing MACo opposed a bill that would have repealed long-standing local authority to license electricians and imposed a new, less comprehensive, statewide…

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2018 End of Session Wrap-Up: Health and Human Services

MACo advocates actively for policies that continue to confront the opioid crisis and to support county social services programs. The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s advocacy in the area of health and human services in the 2018 General Assembly.  Local Health Departments MACo supported a bill that would establish a renewed commitment to aiding counties seeking to expand or establish behavioral health crisis services. This grant program affords local authorities the opportunity to build upon progress made…

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Pretrial Programs Limit Unnecessary Incarceration

MACo Legislative Director Natasha Mehu testified in support of House Bill 447 and Senate Bill 1156, "Pretrial Services Program Grant Fund - Establishment", before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on April 5, 2018. This bill would establish pretrial programs in counties that do not already have them through a grant fund operated by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP). The grant is funded by proceeds from the state police sales of forfeited property, in…

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