Harford Resolution Urges Congress to Pass the “911 SAVES Act”

The Harford County Council yesterday passed a resolution urging Congress to pass the bipartisan "911 Supporting Accurate Views of Emergency Services (SAVES) Act" to reclassify 9-1-1 call-takers and dispatchers from “Office and Administrative Support Occupations” to “Protective Service Occupations” in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) catalog. The resolution, introduced by Councilmember Joe Woods, also acknowledges the work of 911 Specialists in Harford County as protective service. The current classification…

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Census Bureau to Host Webinar on Data Access

The U.S. Census Bureau this week will hold a webinar to show participants how to access data using data.census.gov. The Census Bureau has developed a new way of accessing data and is close to the official launch of data.census.gov and the retirement of American FactFinder in June. Starting in July, data.census.gov will be the primary way to access Census Bureau data, including upcoming releases from the 2018 American Community Survey, 2017 Economic Census, 2020 Census and more.  Join this webinar…

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Project C.O.R.E. Marks Major Milestone in City’s Fight Against Blight

Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young today announced a major milestone in the fight against blight in Baltimore City: the elimination of the 4,000th unit of blight through Project C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise), a city-state partnership to revitalize Baltimore City. https://twitter.com/mayorbcyoung/status/1139217338090307584 According to a press release: The demolition at the 1700 block of North Bradford Street in Baltimore marked the 4,000th unit of blight released for demolition,…

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Queen Anne’s: Beach Traffic Gridlock Jeopardizes Public Safety
First Responders, local health officials, and residents express concerns over traffic congestion to the Queen Annne's County Commissioners. (Photo courtesy of Queen Anne's County.)
Queen Anne’s: Beach Traffic Gridlock Jeopardizes Public Safety

Concerns over weekend beach traffic, notorious for clogging local roadways in Queen Anne's County, reached a boiling point on Tuesday at the semimonthly county commissioners meeting. Emergency responders, public health officials, and local residents say the gridlock poses a serious risk to the health and well-being of county residents. When Route 50 backs up during the summer months, impatient motorists spill onto local roads. The ensuing traffic gridlock severely hinders the ability of First Responders…

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Wantz to Serve on FEMA Regional Advisory Council

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently appointed Carroll County Board of Commissioners President Stephen A. Wantz to the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) in Region III. Along with working to improve communication and coordination between emergency managers and first responders, the council focuses on enhancing preparedness for future disasters. FEMA Region III, which represents the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pensylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, coordinates closely with the Private Sector to ensure the sharing…

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LOCAL Maryland Coalition Advancing Anti-Preemption Message

A broad coalition of stakeholder groups are building momentum to fight together against state proposals to limit county and municipal authority to tailor policies locally. LOCAL Maryland has formed as a coalition of multiple stakeholders across many disciplines, with a common aim to prevent state intrusion into, and preemption of, local matters. The group includes organizations focusing on issues of public health, environmental protection, and economic justice. From the LOCAL Maryland website: OUR MISSION LOCAL…

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Counting All Children in the 2020 Census: What Counties Need to Know

The 2010 Decennial Census missed 2.2 million young children ages 0-4, or one in 10 young children. If the Census had counted every child correctly, states would have received over a half billion dollars a year more in funding just from five federal programs. Census data is used to allocate billions of dollars in federal funding for education, health, transportation, housing, community services, and job training. Moreover, businesses and industries decide where to locate new…

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Maryland Appeals Court Holds No Local Preemption in Montgomery Pesticide Case

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has rejected an argument that local governments are impliedly preempted from regulating the use of pesticides and upheld a Montgomery County pesticide regulation. The case is another in a of a string of decisions by the Maryland Courts that set the regulatory authority of local governments under the doctrine of implied preemption. There are two types of preemption – express and implied. Express preemption is where the General Assembly…

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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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