Heads Up! Deadline for NACo 2020 Interim Policy Resolutions Next Week

The National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference is a little over a month away – February 29 - March 4 – and the deadline to submit interim policy resolutions is next Wednesday, January 29. From NACo's website: The NACo resolutions process provides members with the ability to participate in national policy decisions affecting county governments. During the Legislative Conference, NACo’s ten policy steering committees and Board of Directors consider legislative and policy resolutions that will guide…

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State Fire Marshall Issues Warning About New Social Media Challenge
The Holden Fire Department would like to warn parents of a new viral teen video that may result in fire incidents and cause serious injury. State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey released an advisory today to inform the general public of two incidents that have taken place in Massachusetts, one of which was in Holden. We would like parents to be aware of the new “challenge”. https://www.facebook.com/HoldenMassFire/ Credit: Holden Fire Department
State Fire Marshall Issues Warning About New Social Media Challenge

State Fire Marshall Brian S. Geraci issued a statewide warning yesterday regarding a viral social media challenge making the rounds on popular video app, TikTok. The challenge involves teens inserting a penny between electrical outlets and their plugged in phone chargers – resulting in sparks, electrical system damage and even fires. From the Office of the State Fire Marshall: State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci would like to warn parents of a new viral teen…

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Harford County to Host Free Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training

The Harford County Department of Emergency Services (DES) is hosting a series of free Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training Courses beginning next month. In order to help citizens feel more prepared in a wide-range of potential disasters and emergencies, Harford County has developed the Prepare Because You Care (PBYC) citizen training class. From Harford County's website: Prepare Because You Care (PBYC) is designed to address preparedness for a wide-range of disasters and emergency situations. PBYC classes…

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Charles County to Host Citizens Academy this Spring

Charles County Government will host a Citizens Academy beginning Thursday, March 12, 2020. The 8-week program will provide residents with an opportunity to gain exposure and learn about Charles County Government through first-hand experience with a wide range of government functions, services, activities and issues. From Charles County Maryland's website: Classes will take place each Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and two Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at various locations throughout the…

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New Jersey Enacts SALT Cap Workaround for Small Businesses

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation Monday giving small businesses in the Garden State a workaround for the cap on state and local tax deductions (SALT) under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) -- the 2017 federal tax overhaul that capped SALT deductions at $10,000 – a move of particular import in states like Maryland. This bill permits pass-through businesses, including S corporations, limited liability corporations, and other business partnerships, to shift the…

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Inclement Weather Policy for MACo and Annapolis Meetings

As bad weather looms, and the legislative session is in full swing, MACo wants our members and meeting participants to have easy and timely access to information on Annapolis events. On any day with inclement weather, MACo will post information to the blog site on its policy for that day as early as possible — usually by 7:30 am. Here are a few guidelines and procedures for events: The General Assembly – Bill hearings, briefings,…

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Talbot County Accepting Nominations for Community Impact Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for Talbot County's Community Impact Awards. Organized by the Economic Development Commission, in partnership with the Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the Community Impact Awards recognize outstanding businesses, organizations, and individuals that have made a significant impact in Talbot County. From Talbot County's Economic Development and Tourism website: “This is an event we look forward to every year,” says Talbot County Council President Corey Pack, “Our Talbot…

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Annapolis Library to Be Named for Late House Speaker Mike Busch

On the opening day of Maryland's General Assembly Session, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced that the new library on West Street will be named after late Maryland Speaker Mike Busch. In a statement released by his office, it was revealed that the library will be named Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library. Pittman sent a letter to the chair of the Anne Arundel Public Library Board of Trustees notifying them of the decision. From…

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Anne Arundel Public Library Eliminates Fines for Children and Teen Materials

The Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) this week announced that it will no longer charge overdue fees on children and teen books, movies, and music. The library also waived $754,637 in outstanding fines and fees for customers under the age of 18 and outstanding late charges on children and teen materials for adult accounts. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and the Anne Arundel County Council approved supplemental funding to enable the library system…

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