UMD to hold 2021 Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

The seventh annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference will be hosted virtually at the University of Maryland.  The University of Maryland will be virtually hosting the seventh annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference (AELC). The event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. - noon. According to UMD:  This unique event brings together stakeholders from Maryland’s agriculture, conservation, and legal fields to focus on the…

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Montgomery County Seeks National Applicants for New Superintendent of Schools

The Montgomery County Board of Education has opened a national search for the county's next superintendent of schools, who will begin serving on July 1, 2022. Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is working in partnership with the search firm of Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA) to identify and consider candidates for superintendent. According to an MCPS press release: The search will be guided by the Board’s core values, strategic priorities, and desired characteristics gathered this…

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Harford Reports Record Budget Surplus

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman Announces Record $58 Million Budget Surplus Harford County finished the 2021 fiscal year with a record budget surplus driven primarily by stronger-than-expected income tax revenue and efficient government spending. Overall revenue was up 9.6% over fiscal 2020, reflecting a resilient local economy. “I am proud that Harford County government stayed open every day to serve our citizens through the pandemic, while managing our money wisely and supporting the small businesses…

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Board of Public Works – November 3 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 Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at…

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Maryland Commission on Health Equity Convenes for First Time

On Monday, October 18th, the Maryland Commission on Health Equity (MCHE), established as a part of the Shirley Nathan Pulliam Health Equity Act of 2021, held its first meeting to develop a statewide plan to improve health outcomes and increase health equity in Maryland. The meeting occurred soon after the Maryland Department of Health's (MDH) announcement of the Commission's membership, which includes: Steven R. Schuh, Deputy Secretary for Health Care Financing, Maryland Department of Health (Chair) Mary…

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Conduit Street Podcast Archives: Data and Districts With Planning Sec. McCord

As previously reported on Conduit Street, per Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission released final proposed drafts of the congressional, legislative, and state senate maps and public review. This week, from the Conduit Street Podcast archives, Maryland Department of Planning Secretary Robert McCord joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss the significance of new 2020 Census data for state and local redistricting. The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts,…

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Howard Exec Introduces Police Accountability Board Legislation
County Executive Ball at the July 21, 2021 press conference announcing the emergency legislation to maintain outdoor dining. Image courtesy of Howard County Government.
Howard Exec Introduces Police Accountability Board Legislation

On Thursday, October 21st, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball pre-filed legislation to establish a Police Accountability Board. The proposed board would include five voting members appointed by the Howard County Executive and Council. Two non-voting designees of the Chief of Police and the Sheriff would also serve on the board. The board would, in part, be charged with receiving complaints of police misconduct filed by members of the public and reviewing outcomes of disciplinary matters. County Executive…

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B’more County to Begin Electrifying County Vehicles

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski recently issued an order to electrify county vehicles. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski recently announced an Executive Order requiring all new and replacement passenger vehicles for the county’s fleet to be hybrid or electric vehicles. This was in line with the county's continued efforts to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions. According to the press release: “We recognize our obligation to a cleaner, greener and more sustainable…

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Changing of the Guard: Treasurer Kopp to Step Down, AG Frosh Won’t Seek Third Term
Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp (source: Maryland Manual Online)
Changing of the Guard: Treasurer Kopp to Step Down, AG Frosh Won’t Seek Third Term

State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp will step down this year; Attorney General Brian E. Frosh will not seek a third term as Maryland’s chief legal officer. Treasurer Kopp Announces Retirement After more than 50 years in public service, Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp announced her plans to step down by the end of this year. The second-longest-serving Maryland State Treasurer, and the second woman to serve in the role, Treasurer Kopp was first elected…

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St. Mary’s to Hogan: Ensure We Get More Opioid Settlement Funds

On Tuesday, October 19th, the Commissioners of St. Mary's County sent a letter to Governor Larry Hogan asking that he intervene to ensure local governments receive a fair share of the state's recent opioid settlement. Altogether, the Commissioners request "a split of proceeds that gives 85% to localities and 15% to the state." Moreover, they argue against requiring already overburdened local governments, especially "rural and outer suburban counties and localities," to apply for any settlement funds…

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