2022 End of Session Wrap-Up: Emergency Services

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of emergency services in the 2022 General Assembly.  County governments lead the delivery of public safety services in Maryland – responsible for county fire, police, and emergency services. MACo’s advocacy in emergency services includes urging for much-needed state support for local public services such as 9-1-1 call centers, front-line county services, and natural disaster response. Additionally, MACo advocates for all first responders…

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2022 End of Session Wrap-Up: Taxes and Revenues

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work on tax policy in the 2022 General Assembly.  The General Assembly routinely considers proposals to change tax structures, often seeking to stimulate economic growth, encourage beneficial activities, or attract and retain residents. These proposals sometimes focus exclusively on the state’s tax structure but sometimes extend to local revenues. In general, MACo stands for local self-determination. Counties, led by their elected leaders who are directly accountable…

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2022 End of Session Wrap-Up: Transportation and Public Works

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of transportation and public works in the 2022 General Assembly.  MACo generally advocates for the appropriate state assistance with roadways and bridges across our local communities. Transportation is a shared function in Maryland, with state-maintained roadways (mainly numbered roads) and locally-maintained roadways interlocking throughout most areas. The unique circumstances surrounding the 444th legislative session, including necessary health and safety measures, posed a…

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2022 End of Session Wrap-Up: Environment

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of environment policy in the 2022 General Assembly.  MACo seeks sensible solutions to environmental issues that provide flexibility and do not place unreasonable burdens on county governments. 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…

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2022 End of Session Wrap-Up: School Construction and Capital Budget

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of school construction in the 2022 General Assembly.  County Governments partner with the State of Maryland to fund school construction projects throughout Maryland. K-12 school renovation and construction projects make up a substantial portion of any county’s capital budget, and the needs of Maryland students are consistently a high priority. The unique circumstances surrounding the 444th legislative session, including necessary health and…

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2022 End of Session Wrap-Up: Parks and Recreation

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of parks and recreation 2022 General Assembly.  County government parks and recreation departments provide a range of public recreation programs for all segments of the population and maintain a large network of open spaces throughout Maryland. MACo’s advocacy seeks to support the efforts of county parks and recreations by urging state and federal funding support and defending local determination of priorities in…

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2022 End of Session Wrap-Up: Information Technology

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area information technology in the 2022 General Assembly.  Information technology is a growing area of importance for MACo as county governments rely on computer systems of increasing sophistication for a widening scope of operations – including public safety applications, open government portals, billing functions, and emergency alert systems used during major natural and man-made emergencies. As county use of information technology evolves, cybersecurity…

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2022 End of Session Wrap-Up: Employee Benefits and Relations

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of employee benefits and relations in the 2022 General Assembly.  MACo advocates for fair state laws governing employment practices, labor representation, and employer-employee relationships. MACo becomes particularly engaged when a proposal has a disproportionate or unique effect on public sector employees – frequently those affecting public safety employees or other public workers who engage in sensitive and essential functions. The unique circumstances…

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2022 End of Session Wrap-Up: Planning and Zoning

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of planning and zoning in the 2022 General Assembly.  Planning and zoning is an integral function of county governments and an area that spurs a high level of interaction with residents and business owners. In its planning & zoning advocacy, MACo seeks to protect the ability of local governments – those closest to the people and with the most insight into local…

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2022 End of Session Wrap-Up: Intergovernmental Relations

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s work in the area of intergovernmental relations 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.  Cannabis  MACo…

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