MML Likely Championing Municipal Police Oversight

The Maryland Municipal League (MML)'s Legislative Committee has recommended municipal involvement in Police Accountability Boards (PABs) as its priority for the 2023 Maryland General Assembly session. In its announcement, MML expands on its objective: Part of the police reform suite of legislation that passed in 2021 requires each County to have a police accountability board and establish an administrative charging committee. The law does not, however, offer municipalities the option to establish their own Accountability…

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eMaryland Marketplace Helps Counties Simplify Procurement

The Maryland Department of General Services’ Office of State Procurement's e-procurement system and specialized website features state-of-the-art procurement technology and simplifies county procurement to save time and money. In 2019, the Department of General Services (DGS) partnered with Nitor, a procurement services firm focused on spend management, to implement the state's new e-procurement system, eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA). Now fully implemented, eMMA allows buyers to collaborate with vendors from the bidding and contracting process all the…

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Highlights of MDOT Draft Six-Year Capital Budget Plan

The Maryland Department of Transportation recently released its six-year capital budget for transportation projects.  The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) today released its Draft Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP) for fiscal years 2023 to 2028, outlining a record $19.9 billion six-year investment to replace and repair aging infrastructure, expand transit opportunities, assist Maryland's economic recovery and preserve and expand the state's transportation network. The Draft CTP outlines investments in each of MDOT's transportation business units funded by…

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Ahead of Busy Travel Season – DOT Launches Air Travelers Dashboard

The US Department of Transportation recently launched an Air Travelers dashboard aimed at highlighting travelers' rights during flight disruptions. Throughout 2022, travelers everywhere have experienced an unprecidented level of flight delays and cancellations. When these disruptions occur, airlines are required to support passengers based on commitments made in their customer service plans, but more and more frequently, passengers are finding those plans difficult to understand and do not guarantee services – such as meals or…

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Cecil Opens Applications for Emergency Food and Shelter Funding

Cecil County has opened applications for $124,186 in aid for Emergency Food and Sheltering programs.  Cecil County has been awarded Federal funding through the State Set-Aside (SSA) process under Phase 39 and Phase ARPA-R of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs in the County.  The National Board will distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need…

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State Center Complex Will be Transferred to Baltimore City

Currently, the State Center Complex houses over 3,000 state employees, 12 agencies, and oversees many of the state's governmental functions.  At the August 31 Board of Public Works (BPW) meeting, Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford announced that the State of Maryland plans to transfer the State Center Complex to Baltimore City for future redevelopment as it sees fit. The State Center Complex is a 28 acre development near Eutaw Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard…

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We Are All in this Together: A Discussion on Housing Affordability

The shortage of affordable housing is hitting everyone, from senior and mid-career professionals, to college students just starting out. Conduit Street runs down some of the latest discussion about, and contributors to, this important topic. One does not need to look far to find evidence of families everywhere struggling with the increasing costs of rents and mortgages. Affordable housing is a unique issue that hits almost all demographic groups in some way. Household budgets stretch…

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Inflation Reduction Act Invests $1.5B in Trees

Local officials can expect a big bump in funding for trees as the Inflation Reduction Act invests $1.5 Billion in tree planting over the next decade.  It has been long noted that communities with an abundant amount of healthy trees also have reduced levels of crime, cooler environments, and healthier communities. A provision in the federal Inflation Reduction Act aims to build off of that science in an effort to grow healthier and stronger communities.…

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Federal Broadband Fabric Tool Goes Live

Earlier this summer, the Federal Communications Commission opened the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric for local governments.  This past July, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a version of the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric (the Fabric) for internet service providers and government entities. The Fabric forms the foundation for the FCC’s forthcoming national broadband maps that will highlight what locations across the country are served, underserved and unserved by reliable broadband service. The FCC encourages counties…

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Army Corps, Maryland DOT Agree to $4B Chesapeake Bay Restoration Project

The Army Corp of Engineers and the Maryland Department of Transportation signed a $4 billion agreement for a restoration project in the Chesapeake Bay.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District, and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) signed a Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) for the $4 billion Mid-Chesapeake Bay ecosystem restoration project at MDOT Headquarters on Aug. 23, 2022. The PPA – signed by Col. Estee Pinchasin, Baltimore District commander, and MDOT…

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