MACo: Land Use & Travel Workgroup Needs County Representation

MACo Legal & Policy Counsel Les Knapp presented testimony to the Environment & Transportation Committee to support with amendments HB 351 - Land Use and Vehicle Miles Traveled Workgroup. The bill would establish a Land Use and Vehicle Miles Traveled Workgroup tasked with developing a State strategy that identifies state and local land use policies, business incentives, transportation policies, investments, and programs in an effort to reduce vehicle miles traveled. From the MACo Testimony: .…

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Counties On Board With Community Choice Energy

MACo Associate Director Kevin Kinnally testified February 13, 2020 before the House Economic Matters Committee to support HB 561 (CF SB 315) - Electric Industry - Community Choice Energy. This bill provides counties with an enhanced means to coordinate energy purchasing for their communities in order to help foster competition, lower prices, or pursue cleaner supply. From the MACo Testimony: HB 561 provides counties and municipalities the freedom to form or to join community choice…

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Counties Support Witness Protection from PIA Disclosures

MACo Policy Associate Alex Butler testified to the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee on February 13, 2020 to support SB 535 - Public Information Act - Denial of Part of a Public Record - Victims and Witnesses. This bill provides reasonable protections against the release of certain personally identifying information relating to witnesses under the Maryland Public Information Act (PIA) for 9-1-1 communication records. From the MACo Testimony: SB 535 would redefine the…

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Budget Analysts: Reject Proposal to Permanently Cut Community College Funding

The Department of Legislative Services (DLS), in its budget analysis of Aid to Community Colleges, is recommending that the General Assembly reject a proposal in HB 152, the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2020 (“BRFA”), to permanently cut funding for community colleges. State funding of Maryland’s community colleges is based on the Senator John R. Cade funding formula which was established as law in 1996. The Cade funding formula was created to provide community…

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Counties Describe Recycling Program Challenges to Congress

Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Director Adam Ortiz addressed members of the U.S. House Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, describing challenges local governments face when it comes to recycling and waste management. Counties have the authority and responsibility to handle waste disposal and recycling within their jurisdictions. With recycled material markets at historic lows, county programs are suffering. One issue that only adds to the challenges counties face is the contamination of…

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Montgomery Unveils Community Opioid Prevention Trailer

The Montgomery County Police Department last week unveiled the Community Opioid Prevention Education (COPE) Trailer. The exhibit, which will travel to community events across the County, can help loved ones identify red flags typically associated with substance abuse. The inside of the trailer is built to resemble a typical bedroom and bathroom, and inside are items considered minor (yellow) and major (red) indicators that an individual may have a problem with opioids or other controlled…

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Baltimore County Forms Workgroup to Improve Code Enforcement

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the formation of a Code Enforcement Improvement Work Group to engage in a stakeholder-driven process to identify improvements to the County’s code enforcement program in order to better serve County residents. “Baltimore County code enforcement has immense potential to significantly improve resident’s day-to-day quality of life,” Olszewski said. “Over the course of my first year in office, residents have consistently told us that they want to see more…

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Hogan Appoints MDTA Police Chief as  Superintendent of Maryland State Police
Woodrow W. “Jerry” Jones III
Hogan Appoints MDTA Police Chief as Superintendent of Maryland State Police

Governor Larry Hogan today announced Maryland Transportation Authority Chief of Police Woodrow W. “Jerry” Jones III as his appointee for superintendent of the Maryland State Police. Colonel Jones will succeed Colonel William M. Pallozzi, who is retiring after more than 30 years of service with the Maryland State Police. “With a distinguished career in law enforcement spanning more than three decades, Colonel Jones has both the experience and the character to lead what I believe…

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DHS Announces FY 2020 Preparedness Grants

The U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight DHS preparedness grant programs. The available funds total nearly $1.8 billion to be awarded to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies. Eligible grantees include state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.…

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Missed the Kirwan Hearing? Here’s Great Coverage

Maryland Matters breaks down the Kirwan Blueprint legislation, summarized some of the most on-point testimony, and gives the best policy summary of the issues now facing the General Assembly in this center stage education debate. You'll be forgiven if you missed the all-day "rally" and public hearing on the Kirwan Blueprint legislation on Monday February 17. It's all available online if you're a binge-watcher. If you're looking for the Cliff's Notes version, though, to stay…

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