Will 2021 Bring a Wave of Evictions?

The General Assembly considered, but did not pass, legislation to codify Maryland's current policy staving off evictions of lease-holding tenants -  advocates worry that may open the door to widespread "failure to pay" evictions. Among the subjects of extensive government assistance has been renter relief - seeking to avoid massive tenant evictions while many Americans have lost their regular incomes due to economic disruptions of the pandemic. The rights of tenants "holding over" after the…

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2021 End of Session Wrap-Up: Public Safety & Corrections

An overview of MACo's advocacy on public safety & corrections legislation in the 2021 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. This year the Maryland General Assembly conducted a legislative session…

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Anne Arundel, Annapolis Offer Residents Free/Discounted Transportation to Mass Vax Site

County and City officials have taken steps to ensure transportation will not be a barrier to getting vaccinated. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley announced on April 13 a collaborative effort to provide county residents with free and discounted transportation to and from the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium mass vaccination site, which opens April 15. Details for scheduled transportation with the County are available in the county press release. The…

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2021 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 2021 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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2021 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 employee relations in the 2021 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. This year…

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Maryland Board of Public Works – April 21, 2021 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. Note: In light of the COVID-19 epidemic,…

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General Assembly Passes MACo Broadband Initiative

The Maryland General Assembly today passed SB 824 / HB 1328 – Economic Development – Broadband Providers – Joint Trenching and Fee (Building Out Broadband Act of 2021), MACo's Legislative Initiative that will help close the digital divide by enhancing incentives and orchestrating opportunities for broadband deployment across the state. Weaknesses in current broadband internet service occur in every jurisdiction, due to both geography and demography – too many Marylanders have been left on the…

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Maryland Tech Council Receives Grant to Expand Business Continuity Task Force

The Maryland Tech Council (MTC) will receive $378,000 in federal CARES Act grant funding to expand its Business Continuity Task Force. The grants will be used to assist more entrepreneurs in Maryland as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an strong economic impact. Awarded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the grant will allow for small to mid-size businesses in Prince George’s County, Baltimore County, and the Baltimore City o apply online to be matched with…

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Frederick to Take Part in DEA Drug Take Back Day

On April 24, Frederick County will take part in the Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) "National Prescription Drug Take Back Day," which allows residents a chance to prevent medicine misuse by turning in expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. During the October 2020 Drug Take Back Day event, Frederick County residents safely turned in nearly 883 pounds of medicine at two collection sites in Frederick County in a 4-hour period. From the press release: On April…

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Hogan Announces Additional $10M in Grants for Maryland Schools

Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland State Department of Education today announced $10 million in grant awards to support schools as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact education in Maryland. The announced funding will provide $1 million grants to 10 programs in order to address the needs of at-risk students and support innovative education solutions. Awarded through the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA), the funding will provide grants to local school…

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