MoCo Private Schools Debate Heading to Federal Courts

Following a week of back-and-forth regarding the authority to allow or deny private schools to re-open for in-person classes, the dispute between Montgomery County and the State of Maryland appears to be headed to the federal courts. In a predictable turn following several days of salvos, the matter of approving (or denying) private school in-person education in Montgomery County appears to be headed to federal court. The County, whose public schools will be remote offerings…

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All-Electronic Tolling Now Permanent Statewide at MDTA Facilities

Governor Hogan announced that full-time cashless tolling will now be permanent across the state at all Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) facilities. While MDTA temporarily implemented cashless tolling in March as a part of its COVID-19 response, this will now be permanent at all facilities including the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95), Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95), Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895), and Nice/Middleton Bridge (US 301). With cashless tolling, tolls are automatically collected through E-ZPass and…

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County, Cities Sued by Landlords Over COVID-19 Rent Increase Bans

Howard County, Baltimore City, and Salisbury have been sued by a group of landlords over local laws prohibiting rent increases during the pandemic.  Each of the jurisdictions has passed local laws prohibiting rent increases or charging of rent fees during the pandemic or for a certain amount of time following it. The group of landlords, who own a couple thousand rental properties across the jurisdictions, argue the laws are unconstitutional. The Baltimore Sun reports: This…

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Ocean City Topless Ban Headed for Appeal

Five women are appealing the decision of a federal judge in April that upheld Ocean City's 2017 law prohibiting female toplessness in public spaces such as the beaches and the Boardwalk. Citing 2019 case law, a federal judge ruled back in April that the elected officials of Ocean City were best placed to gauge the resident’s sensibilities towards female toplessness and were within their abilities to enact the ban. Plaintiffs in the case asserted that…

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Local Government Insurance Trust: Protecting Maryland’s Counties, Cities, and Towns

Don’t miss this MACo Summer Series Solutions Showcase! MACo’s Summer Series includes content directly aimed at solving common governance and administrative challenges. Join us Thursday, July 16, as we take a deep dive into the latest services and protections offered by our Platinum Corporate Partner, Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT). Title: Local Government Insurance Trust: Protecting Maryland’s Counties, Cities, and Towns Description: LGIT’s Executive Director Tim Ailsworth will give a live overview of insurance products and…

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Maryland High Court Upholds State’s Remedy for Wynne Refunds

Maryland Court of Appeals upholds remedy for residents who had paid county income taxes on income earned in other states. In a unanimous decision, the Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that the General Assembly acted within the Constitution in providing that Marylanders who had paid an unconstitutional tax would be reimbursed at an interest rate pegged to the prime rate used by banks, but less than the 13% interest rate paid on certain other…

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Attorney Generals Seek Congressional Authority to Investigate Unconstitutional Policing

In the face of protests nationwide and troubling incidents of police brutality, a coalition of Attorney Generals is calling on Congress to grant them authority to investigate unconstitutional policing. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh was one of 18 state attorney generals who signed onto the letter to Congress. As announced in a press release: In a letter issued to Congressional leadership, the coalition is asking Congress to expand the law enforcement misconduct section of the…

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Maryland Courts to Reopen Under a Phased-in Plan

Maryland courts to reopen under a five-stage plan.  On June 5, the Maryland Judiciary will move into Phase II of a five-phased plan to reopen the courts. From the news release: During Phase II,  courts will continue to be closed to public except for those who are necessary to the matters being heard. Each phase will represent an increase in the level of activity within each courthouse and court office. Depending on the current state…

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Maryland Judiciary Case Search Now Includes Appellate Court Records

The public database of Maryland court records has been expanded to include case information from the Court of Appeals (COA) and the Court of Special Appeals (COSA).  The Maryland Judiciary Case Search, an online database of public court records, will now include appellate court case information. In announcing the additional records, Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera noted it would help enhance transparency and access to information on cases that have been…

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Free Agricultural Mediation Webinar

Join the National Agricultural Law Center for a free webinar to learn about the benefits of agricultural mediation and how it could positively impact your business or community. The National Agricultural Law Center is hosting a free webinar entitled "Mediation as a Problem Solving Tool for Farmers and Agribusiness" on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00pm. The webinar will explore (1) The range of situations in which mediation has been proven to helpful…

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