Drone Workgroup Flies into Formation

The Maryland State Geographic Information Committee, often called  MSGIC, held the first meeting of a new standing statewide workgroup on drones. Drone pilots, contractors, and aviation consultants joined representatives of state and county governments this week for the initial meeting of a workgroup on unmanned aerial systems, commonly called drones. Meeting attendees included representation from: Private entities including: surveying companies, government consultants, construction management firms State agencies including: Maryland Environmental Service, Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland State…

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Maryland’s Crab Industry Gets Big Boost

Governor Larry Hogan this week praised the decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release an additional 30,000 visas through the H-2B Nonimmigrant Temporary Worker Program. H-2B workers are essential for Maryland’s seasonal blue crab industry and sweet corn processors. The additional visas come after repeated requests by federal and state officials to help Maryland’s crab and seafood processing industry. The additional visas are a big boost for the Maryland crab industry,…

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MD Complete Count Committee Commences; Census Grants Awarded

Exactly one year to the day from the 2020 Census the first meeting of the 2020 Maryland Complete Count Committee (CCC) was held. The meeting kicked off with a presentation and training from the U.S. Census Bureau on the importance of the census, the need to get the message out so that every Marylander is counted, and the gameplan for getting it all done over the course of this next year. A lot of resources…

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Anne Arundel Establishes New Office of Community Engagement

Anne Arundel County has launched an Office of Community Engagement and Constituent Services (CECS). As announced in a county news release: During his campaign for office, Pittman spoke often about the importance of public engagement in local government. The new CECS team will be out in the communities to learn about their needs and is tasked with ensuring that all communities have a voice in the Pittman Administration. County officials also plan to design a more robust 311 system…

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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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Time to Engage! Dogfight Between Drones and the Law

The report of a statewide work group on drone use in Maryland describes the challenges drones create for local law enforcement and the need for clarification of rules and authorities. There are rules about flying drones. But enforcement of those rules is a bit. . . up in the air. Not every hobbyist who received a drone for Christmas will be well-versed in FAA regulations before they set their new gift airborne. And, aerial rules…

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Conduit Street Podcast: 2019 Session Preview

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 Handbook Series – An Indispensable Reference

The Department of Legislative Services has released its quadrennial Legislative Handbook Series, a deep and useful reference series that encapsulates nearly every issue of government at the state and local level. The series may be downloaded or viewed online for free at the links below: Legislative Handbook Series: Vol 1 – Legislators Handbook Vol 2 – Government Services Vol 3 – Revenue Structure Vol 4 – Budget Process Vol 5 – Personnel, Pensions & Procurement…

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When Do State Tax Changes Spill Over Into County Budgets?

As the 2019 session ramps up, talk of state tax changes have filled the headlines. A level deeper, though – what state tax decisions might have direct or carryover effects on county budgets? A quick primer: PERSONAL INCOME TAXES The state income tax is the top source of general revenue, and the biggest overall target for policy changes. Since county tax rates are independent of the state rates – counties are affected by some state…

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Call in for a Federal Update — 5G, Clean Water Rules, Infrastructure, & Opioids

Each month officials (and staff) from counties in the northeast region of the US (including Maryland) are invited to an update with the advocacy team at the National Association of Counties.   This month's call details: NACo Northeast Regional Conference Call Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 9:00AM EST Dial-In:1-719-359-9722 Dial-In(toll free): 1-888-757-2790 Guest Passcode: 299194 Featured Update: Jack Peterson - NACo Deputy Legislative Director 2019 Leadership and Administration Changes and the impact on NACo 2019 Priorities What is the…

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