MACo Summer Series Schedule & Details Now Available!

MACo's Summer Series will bring county leaders and others involved in local government the timely and crucial information and discussion opportunities they need on a weekly basis. MACo announced last week that with the cancellation of the Summer Conference, a Summer Series of e-learning opportunities would be available to members and the wider government community in Maryland. MACo’s Summer Series will offer online educational and dialogue opportunities through live and interactive virtual sessions. Forums, presentations,…

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Join the NACo National Membership Call, Update on Federal COVID-19 Stimulus

Every Maryland County is a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo), and all Maryland County elected officials and staff are invited to join the NACo National Membership Call. WHAT? NACo is hosting a webinar for all NACo members. AGENDA: As negotiations between the House, Senate, and White House slowly get underway this week, NACo will provide the latest on a potential next package, its timing, and what counties can do to take action.…

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Report: Maryland Leads States in Emissions Reductions

A new report from the World Resources Institute indicates that Maryland has the highest percentage reduction in carbon dioxide emissions among all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Maryland is leading the nation in cutting emissions with a 38 percent reduction from 2005-2017. The study cites many factors for Maryland's success, namely the rapid switch away from coal to natural gas, and participation in programs like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) that has…

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The Future of Transportation is Approaching at 311 MPH

Don’t miss MACo’s Summer Series Solutions Showcase on advancing transportation technology! MACo’s Summer Series includes content directly aimed at solving common governance and administrative challenges. Investment in infrastructure projects that could boost local economies is just one area of focus. Register for MACo’s Summer Series to attend a live session hosted by Northeast Maglev, a MACo Bronze Corporate Partner. Title: The Future of Transportation is Approaching at 311 MPH Description: Now more than ever, investment in infrastructure…

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Maryland Joins Multistate Pact to Expand COVID-19 Antigen Testing

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam today announced a major bipartisan interstate compact with the Rockefeller Foundation to expand the use of rapid point-of-care antigen tests to slow the spread of COVID-19. By banding together, the states are demonstrating to private manufacturers that there is significant demand to scale up the production of these tests,…

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Trump Signs Landmark Conservation Bill

Today, President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law. The landmark conservation bill provides $900 million annually for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the roughly $20 billion deferred maintenance backlog for federal lands. Conservation advocates have seen many highs and lows since the bills introduction earlier this year. The President and congressional leadership initially signaled support for the move, but set it aside upon the arrival of the pandemic.…

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Census Bureau Will End Count Early

The U.S. Census Bureau yesterday announced that will end all counting efforts on September 30, one month earlier than originally planned. With roughly 4 out of 10 Maryland households yet to be counted, the bureau now has less than two months to ensure a fair and accurate count. https://twitter.com/msanderson_MACo/status/1290465564687835143 In April, the agency said it would need until October 31 to accurately count all American residents due to delays spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now,…

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Hogan Demands Update on Mail-In Ballots, Polling Places for Nov Election

In a scathing letter to the State Board of Elections (SBE), Governor Larry Hogan today demanded an update within 48 hours on the status of mail-in voting and polling places for the November 3 general election. As previously reported on Conduit Street, under Governor Hogan’s directive, all in-person voting locations will be open and voters will be mailed an absentee ballot application (instead of an absentee ballot). "With Election Day fast approaching, I am very concerned…

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Hogan Exempts Schools from Local Health Orders Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
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Hogan Exempts Schools from Local Health Orders Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, Governor Larry Hogan issued an Executive Order prohibiting "blanket school closures" in Maryland. Hogan amended a prior emergency order that authorizes Local Health Officers to close any facility deemed unsafe according to community health metrics. Today's order prohibits Local Health Officers from closing schools and instead grants public and private schools complete authority over the reopening of facilities for in-person instruction based on public health guidance. Section 1.(e)(i) removes schools from the list of…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – August 12, 2020 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. Note: In light of the COVID-19 epidemic,…

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Montgomery Expands Staff, Increases Reach of Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team

Montgomery adds six new positions to the county's mobile crisis team which is on call 24/7 to respond to mental health crisis calls.  The Montgomery County Council recently approved $600,000 in funding that will be used to add six new staff members to respond to crisis calls. These social workers will be spread around the county to increase the team's reach. The team responds to calls involving mental health issues in place of or in…

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