Conduit Street Podcast: 2019 Session Preview

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website.

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2018 Legislative Handbook Series – An Indispensable Reference

The Department of Legislative Services has released its quadrennial Legislative Handbook Series, a deep and useful reference series that encapsulates nearly every issue of government at the state and local level. The series may be downloaded or viewed online for free at the links below: Legislative Handbook Series: Vol 1 – Legislators Handbook Vol 2 – Government Services Vol 3 – Revenue Structure Vol 4 – Budget Process Vol 5 – Personnel, Pensions & Procurement…

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Department Will Enforce New Animal Shelter Standards

The State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners will begin enforcing animal shelter standards and inspecting shelters this year. Additionally, by July 1, 2019, all rooms where animals are housed must have a fire alarm system that will alert authorities of fire or heavy smoke. The standards and inspections apply to all shelters except private or commercial kennels unless they receive funding from the State Spay & Neuter Grants Program Notice from the Maryland Department of Agriculture:…

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It’s Not All ‘Hot Air’. . . Cloud Computing and New Technologies Are Changing Government

A panel at MACo's Winter Conference provides an update on major technology shifts and hurdles for county government. Maryland Senator Steve Hershey moderated a panel discussion of Cloud computing, automation, and broadband and 5G at MACo's Winter Conference for county government officials. Mitsuko R. Herrera of the Montgomery County Office of Broadband Programs spoke first on the panel, providing background and insight into broadband and 5G, including issues of preservation of local government authority, private…

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D.C. Council Legalizes Sports Betting

The D.C. Council today approved "The Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018," a measure to legalize sports betting in the District. Mayor Muriel Bowser supports the bill, which needs her signature to become law. According to The Washington Post: The District has no casinos, but the legislation creates three ways to place a wager: at sports venues such as Capital One Arena and Nationals Park, at private establishments such as restaurants and liquor stores…

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Hogan Taps Kelly Schulz to Lead Department of Commerce
Kelly M. Schulz Secretary, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (photo courtesy of DLLR)
Hogan Taps Kelly Schulz to Lead Department of Commerce

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Kelly M. Schulz as secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce. Schulz currently serves as secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR). Secretary Schulz, whose nomination is subject to Senate confirmation, will replace Secretary R. Michael Gill, who will return to the private sector after leading Commerce —formerly the Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) — since Hogan took office in 2015. James…

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Baltimore City Passes Law Regulating Airbnb

According to WMAR, after a procedural final vote the Baltimore City Council has passed a bill regulating short-term rentals such as Airbnb. The Baltimore Sun reported on the details of the bill: The legislation would require hosts using the rental platforms to register with city authorities and impose a 9.5 percent hotel tax on Airbnb-style stays. It would also ban people from renting properties other than their primary homes. ... It does include a grandfather clause…

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Baltimore City + Crown Castle = Small Cells in Action

Crown Castle, a Winter Conference Sponsor, created a case study on its successful implementation of small cells in Baltimore City. Crown Castle faced some challenges in providing wireless coverage in the city. For example, the amount of implementation and coverage created challenges in gaining approval. Crown Castle decided the ideal solution was to implement small cells throughout the city. Since 2015, they have installed over 500 small cell units with additional 583 in the works.…

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Preview the 2019 Session “Big Picture”

A compilation of Issue Papers previews major fiscal and policy issues facing the General Assembly in the year ahead. This resource is a handy guide to the top issues that your legislators will be tackling in the year ahead – a great preparation document for county officials in advance of meetings with their local Delegations. Developed by the Department of Legislative Services, the 2019 Issue Papers are an annual staple for the Annapolis policy-inclined population.…

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Are We There Yet? How New Technology Is Driving Government Policy

The Maryland Association of County Information Technology Officers hosts a survey of issues in county government technology.  From wireless use to cloud-based computing, technology is not only driving cultural change, but also propelling government policy. As broadband, small cells, and 5G service raise standards for constituents and define economic development resources, cloud-computing expands possibilities for government, including information-sharing services, data-sourcing techniques, and telecommuting. However, these new technologies also expose governments to a new level of…

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