State Board of Education Approves Off Ramps for Masking in Schools

The State Board of Education voted to approve emergency regulations to allow for off-ramps for masking in school facilities. This morning, the State Board met virtually to consider a number of topics, with updates to the State's COVID-19 mitigation policies front-and-center. With only one member voting in opposition, the Board recommended a new set of emergency regulations that keep masks in schools, but provides several pathways for local education agencies (LEAs) to reverse the mandate.…

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Howard Co. Votes to Raise Minimum Wage to Highest in State

The Howard County Council voted yesterday to raise the County's minimum wage by more than $4 per hour by 2025, to the highest level in Maryland. At its December 6 meeting, the Howard County Council approved CB82-2021 to raise the minimum hourly wage from $11.75 per hour to $16 by Jan.1, 2025. The move is expected to affect about 40,000 workers in the county, according to the council. The bill was introduced in early November, to robust debate in…

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Pandemic Spending Workgroup to Hear from Depts. of Human Services, Ag

Departments of Human Services and Agriculture to discuss relief programs; Child care advocates to share issues receiving critical federal, state aid. The Comptroller's Workgroup on Pandemic Spending will hold its fifth meeting on Wednesday, December 8, at 1:30 pm to continue its review of state and federal COVID-related spending. The Maryland State Child Care Association executive director and the owner of a Pasadena child care center will share the challenges they have faced receiving federal…

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Public Comment & Meeting: Integrated Report of Surface Water Quality

MDE recently released the Draft Combined 2020-2022 Integrated Report of Surface Water Quality (IR) for public comment.  In compliance with Sections 303(d), 305(b), and 314 of the Clean Water Act, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) recently released the Draft Combined 2020-2022 Integrated Report of Surface Water Quality (IR) is available for public comment.  The public comment period will run until January 17, 2022. The Federal Clean Water Act requires that States assess the quality…

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Maryland NG911 Commission Releases Fourth & Final Report

After four years of work to upgrade Maryland's 9-1-1 system, the Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) Across Maryland released its fourth and final annual report. The report includes 24 recommendations to continue the ambitious and essential move toward NG911, deliver these services equitably across the state, and bolster the statutory framework that governs the state's 9-1-1 systems. "Maryland has made impressive strides towards modernizing our 9-1-1 systems that have put us at the…

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Join the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance Graduate Workshop

Academy for Excellence in Local Governance Graduate Workshop - Cybersecurity Grad Class flyer **for Academy Graduates only** Series: Managing the Problem of Cybersecurity Date: Friday, Jan 14, 2022 Time: 10:00 am - 2:30 pm (lunch provided) Location: LGIT 7225 Parkway Drive Hanover, MD 21076 Cost: $100 (includes lunch and materials) The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance Graduate Program is designed to provide continuing education to public leaders in Maryland to enhance their knowledge, skills,…

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Board of Public Works: December 15 Meeting Agenda

The Board of Public Works — a three-member panel including Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp — reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies, many of which affect county governments. It typically convenes on alternating Wednesdays in the Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis, and meetings are open to the public. The Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 15,…

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MACo Welcomes Regina Brzozowsky as Corporate Relations Manager

MACo's newest hire will step up the Association's outward-focused efforts - strengthening and developing relationships with current and potential county partners. Regina Brzozowsky has joined the MACo staff, in a newly created position of Corporate Relations Manager. In the role, she will work directly with the many exhibitors, sponsors, and partners that work with MACo to build connections to county governments and services across the state. "I am excited to take this side of our…

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Harford Pays Down Student Loans for 66 First Responders

Harford County’s NEXT GEN Responder Program Helps Recruit, Retain Fire & EMS Volunteers. Harford County is helping 66 first responders pay down their student loans. This is the first set of student loan repayments up to $5,000 per year in Harford’s NEXT GEN Responder Program for volunteer fire company members. “In addition to working paid jobs or going to school, our volunteer fire & EMS responders face increasingly rigorous training standards and give countless hours…

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