NLC Report Recommends Federal Action to Tackle Affordable Housing Issues

A report released by the National League of Cities (NLC) recommends the federal government increase funding and modernize policies in order to tackle the affordable housing crisis. From Route Fifty: The report suggests the federal government appropriate $30 billion in funding for affordable housing, including $15 billion for the public housing capital program, and split the remaining $15 billion between various local grants and the national Housing Production Trust Fund. Local lawmakers said one of…

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Sun Advocates for Suboxone in Prison

Recently, The Baltimore Sun's Editorial Board championed making suboxone available to inmates in state prisons. This past session a bill required all local jails and the Baltimore City Detention Center to make available FDA approved drug treatment (including suboxone, naltrexone, and methadone) to inmates by a date certain. It did not have the same requirement for state prisons. The Board argues making the drug available in prisons will not only help those suffering from addiction…

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Maryland’s Small Cell Roll Out: Making 5G a Reality

In the race to 5G, counties and cities across Maryland are working with the wireless industry to deploy the small cell infrastructure needed to advance this new technology. Over 600 are already deployed in Baltimore City alone! Presenters on the MACo Summer Conference session "Maryland’s Small Cell Roll Out: Making 5G a Reality," panel will help keep attendees up-to-date on everything they need to know (e.g. executing agreements, adopting ordinances, setting aesthetic standards) to prepare…

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Family First: Child Welfare and Foster Care Under the New Federal Law

Have you heard of the Family First Preservation Services Act (FFPSA)? This new law presents some of the biggest changes to the child welfare system that has been seen in years. At the MACo Summer Conference session "Family First: Child Welfare and Foster Care Under the New Federal Law," learn how the law changes funding mechanisms and advances coordination between government agencies and community partners in an effort to better prevent the trauma of removing…

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Hogan at MML High Notes: Jobs, Infrastructure, Education

Governor Hogan spoke at the Maryland Municipal League summer conference this week, and focused on major areas of collaboration between state and local governments. Governor Hogan addressed the conference of municipal leaders on Tuesday, June 25, and unsurprisingly addressed major areas where the state and county have worked together. He discussed job growth during his tenure as Maryland Governor, and emphasized infrastructure. The Governor also veered into discussing education - noting the looming policy debate…

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NYT Explores How Deadly Dengue Can Spread in a Warmer World

There are over 100 million infections and 10,000 deaths from Dengue each year. The New York Times reports on a study that looks at how Dengue, which is transmitted via mosquitoes, may spread under different climate scenarios. The study, published Monday in the journal Nature Microbiology, found a likelihood for significant expansion of dengue in the southeastern United States, coastal areas of China and Japan, as well as to inland regions of Australia. ... Globally, the study estimated…

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MACo Welcomes New Communications Coordinator Heather Legg

MACo is happy to announce the hiring of Heather Legg as our new Communications Coordinator. Ms. Legg joined MACo this week, and will take a lead role with communications, social media, and partner/sponsor relationships. As part of MACo's Member Services team, she will help MACo to deliver, and improve, the array of educational, cost-savings, and best practice opportunities that are among MACo's hallmarks. "We're excited to add Heather to our team," said Executive Director Michael…

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Newborns Screened for Four More Uncommon, Genetic Conditions

Newborns in Maryland are now screened for 61 rare, inheritable conditions. That's four more than they were previously screened for bringing Maryland into the top 5 states nationally for newborn screenings. From The Baltimore Sun: The testing is considered a public health success because fewer disorders go undiagnosed and babies get care earlier. The disorders generally have some kind of treatment for symptoms. ... The new disorders included in the panel in Maryland are Pompe…

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News Series Delves into Public Health Impacts of Climate Change

A series by the Capital News Service reporters examines the public health effects of climate change. The first part, "The Bitter Cold," focuses on cold weather. From the Capital News Service's "The Bitter Cold": Cold poses a great risk not only to the homeless outdoors but also to a much larger population who suffer indoors with chronic health conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which are exacerbated by exposure to low temperatures…

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MACo Symposium Spotlights Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts

MACo's Spring Symposium "Fighting Human Trafficking With Awareness, Advocacy, and Action" focused on the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world and what is happening locally to combat it.  This year's spring symposium, held on June 12 at the Quiet Water's Blue Heron Center in Anne Arundel County,  brought together state and local elected officials and government staff to learn more about how counties along with their state and community partners are…

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