Charles County to Host Citizens Academy this Spring

Charles County Government will host a Citizens Academy beginning Thursday, March 12, 2020. The 8-week program will provide residents with an opportunity to gain exposure and learn about Charles County Government through first-hand experience with a wide range of government functions, services, activities and issues. From Charles County Maryland's website: Classes will take place each Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and two Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at various locations throughout the…

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Impact of Frederick County’s Change to Charter Government

Frederick County made the switch from a board of commissioners model to a county charter in 2014, establishing a seven member County Council and the county executive. The reasoning behind this was for Frederick County to get a bigger seat at the table when it came to bargaining power and access. Viewpoints differ, but many believe this has given Frederick County more authority, including Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner. From Frederick News Post: Frederick County…

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Olszewski names Director for New Office of Ethics and Acountability

Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski announced Thursday that former acting State Prosecutor Kelly Beckham Madigan will be Executive Director for the County's Office of Ethics and Accountability.  The newly created office is tasked with identifying fraud and abuse in county government. Once approved by the County Council, Madigan will start in January with early objectives of establishing a website and confidential reporting system. She will have both autonomy from the County Executive's Office and unrestricted…

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Can a Governing Body’s Conflicts Be… Constructive?

A recent study on local governments looked at conflict among elected officials - and found, perhaps surprisingly, that certain "healthy" policy or priority conflicts may actually add to the effectiveness of a governing body. An academic study on public governing bodies (in Illinois) indicates that conflict among members of decision-making bodies can actually be healthy - but the nature of the conflict matters in this respect. Coverage on Route Fifty, a website with news about…

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Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance to Hold Several Free Trainings this Fall

MACo's Gold Corporate Partner Chesapeake Employers' Insurance Company, is hosting several important free employer and employee trainings over the next few weeks. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, 8:30 am to 1 pm, Frederick Clarion Inn 2019 Workers' Compensation Seminar Learn how Chesapeake Employers' specialists work with you to help control premium costs. These will be free, half-day seminars for policyholders, employers, and agents. Presentation topics include: Update on Maryland Employment Laws, including Medical Marijuana Drug Testing Safety…

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Two New Delegates for Baltimore County

Baltimore County Democrats Carl Jackson and Catherine Forbes will join the Maryland House of Delegates soon, replacing Del. Eric Bromwell (District 8) and Del. Stephen Lafferty (District 42A) respectively. Both Bromwell and Lafferty resigned in August, taking high-level positions in the Baltimore County government. From Maryland Matters: When Baltimore County Democrats Carl Jackson and Catherine Forbes join the House of Delegates in the next several days, assuming Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) follows tradition…

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Being Safe and Secure in the Workplace

Join HR Daily on October 8 for a webinar on work-place safety and security, "Why a Good Emergency Action Plan Should Include More Than Natural Disasters!" James Davis, Editor of HR Daily, on the webinar: While it is never pleasant to think about worst-case scenarios, it is vastly important to have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) in place. Because employee safety is such a high priority, one must have a plan in place that explains…

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Commissioner Wilson Tapped to Serve on Education Commission

Queen Anne's County Commissioner Jack Wilson has been appointed to serve as MACo's representative on the State's Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education. His appointment would replace former member Bill Valentine, who no longer serves as an Allegany County Commissioner. Commissioner Wilson is vice-chair of MACo’s Education Subcommittee, and chairs MACo’s Rural Counties Coalition. He has served as a productive member of MACo’s Legislative Committee, and Board of Directors. We are confident that Commissioner…

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Preemption Part 2: A Path out of the Morass

Research shows that implied preemption of local laws by state courts creates unpredictable results throughout the country. But there is one state where a clarifying constitutional amendment removes uncertainty. A report developed for MACo by a candidate for a Master's degree in Public Policy at the University of Maryland details the history of preemption and its types while identifying ways that Maryland might end this unpredictable court doctrine. Case Laws Lay on Boggy Ground  When…

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