Comptroller Franchot Offers Insight, Guidance at MACo Meeting

Comptroller Peter Franchot joined MACo's Legislative Committee meeting on September 16, sharing his perspectives on the health/economic crisis, the state budget picture, and the road ahead for Maryland. Comptroller Franchot virtually visits the MACo Legislative Committee The Comptroller joined MACo's meeting with updates on a variety of topics about the pandemic, the economy and revenues, and county priorities. During the followup questions, he shed additional light on budget issues still pending. Some highlights: Maryland unemployment…

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University of Maryland Launches Small Business Policy “Hack-A-Thon”

The University of Maryland and the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are launching a "Small Business Policy Hack-A-Thon." The Hack-A-Thon will bring students and small business representatives together with the goal of creating policy proposals to tackle the economic challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.  The event, which began yesterday with a virtual kickoff meeting, will take place over the next several weeks with teams working in specific policy focus areas: small minority- and women-owned…

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MACo Announces 2021 Legislative Initiatives

MACo to prioritize county budget security, elections, broadband access, and public health support in the 2021 session.  MACo’s Legislative Committee voted at the September 16, 2020 meeting to adopt the Association’s four priorities for the 2021 Maryland General Assembly Session. These issues cover a broad range of important county concerns that MACo will proactively advocate for in front of the General Assembly. DEFEND COUNTY BUDGET SECURITY The State and Counties together face an unprecedented public…

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General Assembly Leaders Nix Special Session

Senate President Bill Ferguson and House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne A. Jones announced that they have no plans to hold a special session of the Maryland General Assembly, despite pressure from activists and advocates. At an Annapolis rally organized to push for a special session of the Maryland General Assembly, Speaker Jones and President Ferguson resisted calls for the General Assembly to convene this fall, saying the legislative body needs more time to carefully craft…

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NCSL Presents National Overview to Law Enforcement Body Camera Task Force

A representative from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) briefed the task force on body camera legislation passed across the nation since May 2020. Amanda Widgery, Senior Policy Specialist at NCSL, provided the task force an overview on police body camera legislation that has recently been passed in states across the U.S. Additionally, she shared insight into what role states play in assisting departments with storage; establishing security measures to protect data and enable…

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State Announces $11.8M in State & Federal Highway Safety Grants
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State Announces $11.8M in State & Federal Highway Safety Grants

More than 90 agencies and organizations have been awarded over $11 million in grants to help eliminate fatalities on Maryland roadways. These funds will be distributed by the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration's (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office to traffic safety-related organizations and law enforcement agencies.The funds will be used for initiatives including increasing the use of seat belts in all seats; promoting the correct use of child passenger safety seats; increased safety…

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State Announces $300 Weekly Unemployment Boost, New BEACON Website

The Maryland Department of Labor last week announced that the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program -- which offers claimants an additional $300 per week in retroactive federal benefits -- will be launched ahead of schedule. After being initially approved for three weeks of LWA funding, Maryland has now been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for three additional weeks, for a total of six weeks of $300 federal payments. Labor will also launch…

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Frederick, Baltimore City Brief Committee on Effects of COVID-19 on Renters, Local Assistance Programs

Frederick and Baltimore City housing officials briefed the House Environment and Transportation Committee on the housing-related impacts of COVID-19 and actions taken locally to help residents in need.  The Wednesday morning briefing focused on the end of CARES Act Covid-19 eviction protections and the effects on renters and property owners. In addition to the local jurisdictions, the committee heard from the District Court of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Committee…

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