2022 Session: Recap and Wrap-Ups

Catch up on all of the latest outcomes of the 2022 Maryland General Assembly session with wrap-ups on important county-related bills in each policy area. This year, the Maryland General Assembly conducted a legislative session unlike any other due to the enduring COVID-19 pandemic. The unique circumstances surrounding the 444th legislative session, including necessary health and safety measures, posed a challenge for lawmakers and advocates alike, with one chamber in-person and the other remote for…

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2022 End of Session Wrap-Up: State Operating Budget

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work on State budget policy in the 2022 General Assembly.  County governments receive support through multiple state operating budget programs, and shifts in the State’s budget can affect county governments. MACo seeks county budget security by maintaining current state funding levels, new funding programs, and enhancements in areas of growth and need. The unique circumstances surrounding the 444th legislative session, including necessary health and safety measures,…

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2022 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 2022 General Assembly.  Counties support education as the largest component of their budgets, with operating and capital support for schools typically representing a larger share of a county budget than all other functions combined. Statutory formulas drive most state-level funding, which requires constant attention to the state-county balance in funding responsibilities. The burden of costly mandates can…

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2022 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 in the 2022 General Assembly.  The unique circumstances surrounding the 444th legislative session, including necessary health and safety measures, posed a challenge for lawmakers and advocates alike. Yet, despite the unusual circumstances, MACo’s advocacy still led to more positive outcomes for its members. Follow these links for more coverage on our Conduit Street blog and Legislative Database.  Finance…

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2022 End of Session Wrap-Up: Public Safety and Corrections

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of pubic safety and corrections in the 2022 General Assembly.  Counties are the primary provider of public safety services in the state. Each county is required to have an elected sheriff and some also have a county police force. Additionally, each county operates a local jail that holds inmates awaiting trial and those sentenced to 18 months or less. The unique circumstances…

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2022 End of Session Wrap-Up: Housing and Community Development

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of housing and community development in the 2022 General Assembly.  When advocating for the housing and community development needs of counties MACo supports legislation that bolsters the efforts of local governments to address public and affordable housing, bight, foreclosure, and community development. This year the Maryland General Assembly conducted a legislative session unlike any other due to the enduring COVID-19 pandemic. The…

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2022 Session Wrap-Up: Elections

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of elections in the 2022 General Assembly.  Counties administer and fund elections at the local level, overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers every two years. MACo routinely advocates against state policies that result in costly or burdensome implementation for local election officials. The unique circumstances surrounding the 444th legislative session, including necessary health and safety measures, posed a challenge for lawmakers…

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2022 End of Session Wrap-Up: Liability and Courts

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of liability and courts in the 2022 General Assembly.  County governments enforce laws, employ county residents, and maintain facilities throughout Maryland. Therefore county governments may be subject to acting as defendants in court, litigating cases involving employment benefits, injuries sustained on county properties, and various other subjects. MACo advocates on behalf of county governments to clarify the unique role that they serve…

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2022 End of Session Wrap-Up: Public Information and Ethics

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of public information and ethics in the 2022 General Assembly.  County governments gather and maintain public information as part of their various functions. Compliance with the Maryland Public Information Act and maintenance of a high level of ethics in all government practices are priorities throughout the administrative agencies and legislative bodies of Maryland’s county governments. Through its advocacy and professional education in…

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2022 End of Session Wrap-Up: Health and Human Services

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of health and human services in the 2022 General Assembly.  Each county in Maryland has a local health department that plays a role in providing essential public health services to residents, even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are also county agencies that provide human or citizen services for children, families ad persons with special needs. MACo advocates actively for policies…

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