Diversity Caucus Spotlights 2020 Census at #MACoCon

The Maryland County Officials Diversity Caucus (Diversity Caucus) held its annual reception at the Winter MACo Conference. The topic of the evening was the importance of the 2020 census and accurately counting hard to reach populations. Prince George's Council Member Deni Taveras talked to attendees about how inaccurate counts -- under or over -- can have significant impacts on funding and investments of county programs for the next decade. She also discussed the steps being…

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Workgroup: Adult-Use Cannabis Legislation Not Ready for Prime Time in 2020 Session

The leaders of the Maryland General Assembly's Marijuana Legalization Workgroup have indicated that they will not be endorsing legislation legalizing recreational use of marijuana for the upcoming 2020 session. Rather, the group will continue to study and work through the remaining legalization issues for a possible path forward in Maryland. The Baltimore Sun reports: “I think the consensus is: We are not recommending legislation this session to legalize adult use,” said Del. Kathleen Dumais, who…

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Clean and Green: Charting Maryland’s Energy Future

A general session at MACo's upcoming Winter Conference will focus on clean energy, and all the opportunities and challenges that come with our commitment to embrace and harness it. Title: Clean and Green: Charting Maryland’s Energy Future Time: Wednesday, December 5, 9:00 - 10:15 am Description: Maryland’s energy paradigm is shifting away from reliance on fossil fuels and towards renewable (solar and wind) and zero-carbon (nuclear and hydro) power sources. This transformation will require changes…

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Carroll County Appeals Stormwater Case to Supreme Court

A Daily Record article (2019-11-13) reported that Carroll County is appealing the Maryland Court of Appeals' ruling that affirms the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has authority to impose more stringent stormwater pollution-prevention standards than those outlined in the federal Clean Water Act. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Court of Appeals upheld MDE's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for Carroll and Frederick Counties in August of last year. Carroll County…

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Feds Seeking Members For New Advisory Committee on “Big Data”

A newly created Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building is seeking non-Federal members to assist its mission to guide the Office of Management and Budget on data sharing, privacy, and data usage. As part of the Federal Data Strategy, the Department of Commerce is looking for stakeholders to help Federal agencies use their data for decision-making as part of the newly formed Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building (Notice of Establishment of the Advisory Committee…

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Frazier to Serve on NACo Steering Committee
Commissioner Dennis Frazier (photo courtesy: Carroll County Government)
Frazier to Serve on NACo Steering Committee

The National Association of Counties (NACo) recently announced the appointment of Carroll County Commissioner Dennis Frazier to serve on its Environment, Energy, and Land Use Policy Steering Committee. NACo policy steering committee members are appointed by state associations and serve one-year terms. Policy steering committees annually review and make recommendations on federal policy issues and legislation. They start the policy development process leading to the development of the American County Platform, which guides the county…

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EducationSuperHighway Declares Mission Accomplished on School Broadband

EducationSuperHighway, an organization founded with the mission of upgrading the Internet assess in every public school classroom in America, has declared the mission completed and will sunset August 2020. Nationwide, EducationSuperHighway declared that only 743 schools still need to be connected to the infrastructure needed for digital learning, meaning over 99% of the nation's schools have affordable and reliable broadband connections at a minimum speed of 100 kbps and with a clear way to scale…

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Former Census Directors: Budget Delays Jeopardize Full, Fair, and Accurate Count

A bipartisan group of former directors from the U.S. Census Bureau this week urged Congress to provide “a full-year appropriation for the 2020 Census as soon as legislatively possible, to avoid disruptions in the launch and steady implementation of robust census operations.” As previously reported on Conduit Street, Congress last month approved a short-term spending measure -- known as a continuing resolution (CR) -- to avoid the possibility of another government shutdown. The CR funds…

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October 21 Grants Conference – Register Now For This One-Stop-Shop

The 15th Annual Governor's Grants Conference will be held October 21, in College Park. Hundreds will attend and benefit from information, workshops, and connections in the grant-funding game. Registration is open! The Governor’s Grants Office will host its 15th Annual Grants Conference on Monday, October 21 at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Join over 600 attendees including nonprofits, grants professionals, and community leaders for a full day of networking, panels, exhibition tables,…

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