MACo Soliciting Proposals for 2023 Legislative Initiatives

MACo is currently welcoming suggestions for legislative initiatives for the 2023 legislative session. Each year, MACo adopts up to four topics to forward as initiatives — working with supportive legislators to translate those ideas into successful legislation. Past years have seen a wide range of MACo focus — from infrastructure to expanding broadband access to emergency services (view MACo’s 2022 Initiatives for specific examples). County governing bodies, individual elected officials, MACo’s professional affiliate groups, MACo…

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Worcester Implements New Safety Measures After Cyber Breach

After an extensive forensic investigation into a phishing incident between November 10-20, 2020, Worcester County Government agencies and cybersecurity professionals discovered a breach of a County email account. That email account contained limited personal information belonging to approximately 3,000 County and Board of Education (BOE) employee and retiree accounts. While there is no forensic evidence of any malicious activity regarding data breached during the incident, the County implemented significant measures to protect everyone affected by…

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Hold the Dates: May 12, 16 for Annapolis Bill Signing Ceremonies

Governor's office has announced tentative plans for bill signing ceremonies on May 12 (2pm) and May 16 (1pm) - stay tuned for lists of bills to be signed by the Governor and Legislative Leaders. The post-session process of bill signings - including a public process for stakeholders to greet and thank state policy leaders on their successes, will continue in the weeks ahead. The Governor's website indicates two scheduled dates for bill signings ahead: May…

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Annapolis Hillman Garage Closing May 2 for Full Rebuild

The Hillman Garage, near the MACo headquarters in Annapolis, will close for demolition May 2, 2022, and will be unavailable for use for more than a year. According to Access Annapolis, the Hillman rebuild will take approximately 14 to 16 months to complete. Downtown Annapolis will remain open to residents and visitors. Once completed, the new Hillman garage, built on the existing footprint, will include more total parking spaces (increasing from 425 current spaces to…

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Major Issues & More – 90 Day Report Reviews the 2022 Legislative Session

The Maryland Department of Legislative Services’ annual synopsis of the General Assembly’s time in Annapolis provides an update on taxes, education, transportation, environmental, and health issues addressed in bills that passed – and didn’t pass – in the 2022 Session. This year, the Maryland General Assembly conducted a legislative session unlike any other due to the enduring COVID-19 pandemic. The unique circumstances surrounding the 444th legislative session, including necessary health and safety measures, posed a…

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Sine Die Surprise: General Assembly Approves Police Accountability Board Fixes

In the waning moments of the 2022 Maryland General Assembly Session, the Maryland General Assembly passed Senate Bill 763 - Public Safety and Criminal Justice - Transparency and Accountability containing multiple provisions addressing county police accountability boards. The bill contains nearly all of the measures included as amendments to Senate Bill 389 – Maryland Police Accountability Act Revisions and Clarifications, which were detailed in a previous Conduit Street blog. SB 763 also includes language from previous iterations…

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