Olszewski Taps Two State Delegates for Administration Posts

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today made several important personnel announcements, filling key positions in his administration. Delegate Steve Lafferty will serve as chief sustainability officer, Delegate Eric Bromwell will serve as opioid strategy coordinator, and Troy Williams will serve as chief diversity officer. All three positions were recommended by Olszewski’s transition team. https://twitter.com/JohnnyOJr/status/1163495378118959108 https://twitter.com/EricBromwell/status/1163495219867901958 County Executive Olszewski also announced that Romaine Williams, who previously served as an assistant county attorney, has taken on a…

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Hogan Urges Mandatory Minimums for Repeat Violent Offenders

Governor Larry Hogan recently announced a plan to pursue mandatory minimum sentences for repeat violent offenders in the 2020 Maryland General Assembly session. The proposal is intended to help stop the surge in recent gun violence that has been a particularly vexing issue in Baltimore City. Maryland Matters reports: “We’re talking about taking our communities back and saving lives—the time has come for us to take a stand together. I am calling on city and…

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California Makes New Push for Next Generation 9-1-1

For the past decade, California’s plan to upgrade its antiquated 9-1-1 system has mostly fallen flat. But Governor Gavin Newsom this week detailed a new, permanent funding source to accelerate the state's transition to Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911). NG911 will enable the public to make voice, text, or video calls from any communications device via Internet Protocol-based networks. These capabilities can make public safety both more effective and more responsive. “During my first week in office,…

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School Funding Workgroup Sharpens Focus on Wealth Formulas

The Funding Formula Workgroup of the [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education today met for the second time in Annapolis. The thirteen-member panel is charged with working through what is perhaps the most challenging portion of The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future—a ten-year plan to make Maryland schools more competitive both nationally and globally—the development of a plan to finance, realign, and apportion the costs of these ambitious, but expensive, goals. Specifically, the Workgroup will make recommendations…

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Report: Major Wireless Carrier Has Been Overcharging Marylanders for 9-1-1 Fees

At a recent meeting of the Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 Across Maryland, Senator Cheryl Kagan, who chairs the Commission, testified that T-Mobile – a telecommunications company which operates the third-largest wireless network in the United States – has been systematically overcharging Maryland customers for 9-1-1 fees. "The carrier T-Mobile for years has been overcharging its customers on our 911 fees,” Kagan said. " For eighteen-and-a-half years, T-Mobile has been inaccurately overcharging its customers."…

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Governor Hogan Appoints Labor Secretary

Governor Larry Hogan today appointed Tiffany Robinson as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor. Robinson currently serves as deputy chief of staff in the Office of the Governor, where she advises on labor, housing, education, human services, and health matters. Robinson, who served as administrator of the Harford County Department of Housing and Community Development from 2010 to 2015, succeeds Acting Secretary James E. Rzepkowski, who will continue to serve as assistant secretary for…

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Senate President Miller Appoints Rushern Baker to UMMS Board
Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, Courtesy of NACo
Senate President Miller Appoints Rushern Baker to UMMS Board

Senate President Mike Miller yesterday named former Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III to the University of Maryland Medical System board. Baker, who served as county executive from 2010-2018, was an active member within MACo, serving on the Board of Directors. https://twitter.com/CountyExecBaker/status/1148391807639797760 According to Maryland Matters: “Former Executive Baker is well-versed in healthcare, and his reputation of hard work, and ethical behavior is renowned throughout the state,” Miller wrote to James C. DiPaula…

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State Adopts New Policy on Accessible Ballots

Maryland's voting system requires voters to cast their vote using a pre-printed paper ballot. But many people with disabilities cannot mark paper ballots without assistance, so they rely on special voting machines — known as ballot marking devices (BMDs) — that are equipped with earphones and other modifications. There are growing concerns that ballots cast by disabled voters are segregated and too easily identifiable in the overall collection of ballots. That's because the paper ballot used…

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