General Assembly Re-Elects Nancy Kopp as State Treasurer

In a Joint Session of The Maryland General Assembly, Nancy Kopp today was re-elected as State Treasurer. Elected in February 2002, and re-elected to full four-year terms in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015, Nancy K. Kopp is the 23rd Maryland State Treasurer since the adoption of the Constitution of 1851. She is the second woman ever to serve as Maryland's State Treasurer and is the only woman serving Maryland in a Constitutional Office. In addition…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Brinkley on Budgets, Amazon’s About-Face, Action on Airbnb, and More!

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website.  

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Laura Price Shares Her County Perspective on Annapolis

MACo Secretary and Talbot County Council Member Laura Price, has established a weekly column in the Star Democrat. She will cover news in Annapolis from the county perspective. Her first article, published on Feb. 3, covers how MACo functions during the Legislative Session, and a general overview of trending policy topics, including MACo's 2019 Initiatives. We [MACo Members] certainly do not get everything we want in the state legislature, but we have a very high…

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$5M Census Grant Program from MDP – Apply Today!

The Maryland Department of Planning has begun the 2020 Census Grant Program. The program will support in maintaining accuracy in the counting of the state and its local jurisdictions for the 2020 Census. The panel was established by Senate Bill 855 (Chapter 18 of the Acts of 2018). The panel: Chairman Steven Jost, Senior Vice President for Content Strategy at Subject Matter and former top official at the U.S. Census Bureau Robert McCord, Secretary, Maryland…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Session Shakeup, School-Year Suspense, and More!

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website.

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2019 Legislative Session – Important Dates

The year's General Assembly session will last for 90 days, after it started at noon on Wednesday January 9. The full calendar is available online here. Major dates of interest: January 22 (14th Day) — SENATE AND HOUSE BILL REQUEST GUARANTEE DATE Legislators seeking to introduce bills are asked to place requests with bill drafter by this time to guarantee delivery in time for the chambers' introduction deadlines. Stakeholders seeking to work with supportive legislators…

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Conduit Street Podcast: State of the State, Party Priorities, Jail-Based MAT, and More!

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website. Useful Links State of the State Coverage from Maryland Matters Barry Rascovar: Hogan’s Tax Cut Can Wait House Bill 116 - Public Health - Correctional Services - Opioid Use Disorder Examinations and…

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Senate Sets Informal “Quarter Million Dollar” Review Threshold

Senate President Miller indicated any legislation with a $250,000 fiscal impact would need review by the Budget and Taxation Committee As the annual fiscal plan - including the budget bill itself, but also any other legislation with fiscal effects - comes together, the Senate has set a standard for informal review by its lead fiscal committee. From the floor of the Senate on Thursday, the Senate president offered this view: ...some of these bills cost…

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MACo to Ways and Means Committee: Prioritize Schools, Local Health Departments, NextGen 9-1-1

Earlier today, January 29, MACo's 2019 President, Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, First Vice President, Baltimore City Council Member Sharon Green Middleton, Associate Director Kevin Kinnally, and Executive Director Michael Sanderson presented MACo's 2019 Legislative Initiatives to the House Ways and Means Committee. The MACo panel followed Department of Legislative Services’ analysts, who presented a wealth of information contained in the report, Overview of State Aid to Local Governments: Fiscal 2020 Allowance. County Executive Glassman…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Kirwan Commission Wraps 2018 Work, Fiscal Mother Lode, and the Latest from #MDGA19

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website. Useful Links Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Kirwan Commission Wraps 2018 Work, Issues Broad $3.8B Recommendations Previous Conduit Street Coverage: DLS Briefs House Committee On Budget Big Picture Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Federal Government Shutdown: State, Local…

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