LGIT’s Newest Offering: Pass-Through Post-Employment Health Coverage

Looking for a workable solution for retiree and post-65 health care? LGIT now partners with AmWins to help you deliver a flexible offering at no cost to your county. You know the Local Government Insurance Trust already - built for and owned by its local government members, they offer insurance and loss control services to Maryland local governments. Great rates, great service, and the members retain the excesses that would otherwise be sent back to…

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Pension Benefit Case Holds Baltimore City Liable to Retirees but Not Active Members

A Daily Record article (2019-05-13) reported that a recent circuit court case held that  Baltimore City is liable for damages based on changes made to its police and firefighter pension system that eliminated a benefit. However, the damages only apply to retirees and retirement-eligible members and do not apply to other active members of the pension system. The case is Robert F. Cherry Jr. et al. v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore City and the opinion…

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County Awards Community College Employees Healthcare Assistance Payment

As reported by The Baltimore Sun, full-time employees at Harford Community College will be getting a one-time “health care assistance payment” to help with the rising costs of health care. The Baltimore Sun reports: To help with the rising premium costs, the trustees approved a one-time payment of $750 to each employee, a cost of $266,250. For more information, see Harford Community College to give full-time employees $750 to help with rising health care costs.…

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Dial in to the May 21 NACo NE Regional Meeting

NACo's Northeast Region holds a monthly call-in to discuss federal and regional issues - hold the time for this meeting at 9am on May 21. At the May call, NACo legislative staff are expected to update members on a range of federal topics, including the latest on federal funding proposals, and the continuing saga of federal overtime rules. County elected and appointed officials are welcome on the call. The full meeting agenda is below: NACo…

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Anne Arundel Board of Ed. Approves Bargaining Agreement

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education today approved a negotiated agreement for Fiscal Year 2020 with the Association of Educational Leaders (AEL), the bargaining unit which represents building administrators, coordinators, and special assistants. County Executive Steuart Pittman's proposed appropriation to the board of education, excluding debt service, increases by $46.2 million. This amount meets the State matching funds requirements known as Maintenance of Effort (MOE), provides full funding for pay packages as proposed by…

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Medical Marijuana at Work: Where Is the Line Drawn?

States, including Maryland, have moved to legalize medically-recommended marijuana - but frequently without altering workplace laws. Courts may be moving in the employees' direction. Medical cannabis has been approved in more than 30 states, but most of them have not made accompanying changes to workplace protections. Can an employee, using marijuana in compliance with that state's process for legal purchase and use, be disciplined or terminated for showing signs on the job? Is the need…

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Montgomery Council Indicates Support for Modified Union Contract

The Montgomery County Council, by a vote of 7-2, today adopted a resolution indicating its intent to approve the renegotiated collectively bargained contracts with the Municipal and County Government Employees’ Organization (MCGEO) and to fund the compensation and benefits provided in the agreements renegotiated by County Executive Marc Elrich for FY 2020. At its April 30 meeting on compensation and benefits for all agencies, the Council deferred a final decision on pay adjustments for County Government…

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LOCAL Maryland Coalition Advancing Anti-Preemption Message

A broad coalition of stakeholder groups are building momentum to fight together against state proposals to limit county and municipal authority to tailor policies locally. LOCAL Maryland has formed as a coalition of multiple stakeholders across many disciplines, with a common aim to prevent state intrusion into, and preemption of, local matters. The group includes organizations focusing on issues of public health, environmental protection, and economic justice. From the LOCAL Maryland website: OUR MISSION LOCAL…

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Preemption, PIA, and “Green Amendment” Hot Topics for Maryland Government Attorneys

The State and Local Government Section of the Maryland State Bar Association met to discuss the 2019 General Assembly Session and legislation of interest in their practice area. At a regular meeting of the Maryland State Bar Association's section for State and local government attorneys, the group heard a review of the 2019 Session from Delegates Marc Korman and Trent Kittleman, MACo's Research Director Robin Clark Eilenberg, the Maryland Municipal League's Government Relations Manager Bill…

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Learn About Leadership at Risk Managers’ Lunch

Maryland's Public Risk Management Association hosts a seminar featuring a speaker on leadership with lessons applicable to county government managers and supervisors in all departments. The Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) is a non-profit association offering risk management educational programs, management information and publications to people involved with public sector risk management across the United States. Maryland PRIMA holds three meetings a year at various locations throughout the state. Michael G. Fann, Director of Loss…

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