State Board to Governor: Designate All High Schools as Vote Centers On Election Day

The State Board of Elections (SBE) today agreed to ask Governor Larry Hogan to designate each of Maryland's 282 high schools as vote centers — places where any county resident can vote, regardless of their precinct — for the November 3 election. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Hogan has ordered all 1,848 neighborhood precincts to be open and for all voters to be mailed an absentee ballot application (instead of an absentee ballot) for…

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Montgomery Rescinds Order Prohibiting In-Person Classes At Nonpublic Schools

Reemphasizing the need to protect the health and safety of Montgomery County residents as well as parents, students, teachers and staff from the spread of COVID-19, County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles today announced that he has rescinded his health order that prohibited nonpublic schools from opening for in-person instruction until after Oct. 1, 2020. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the County, whose public schools will be remote offerings for the coming semester, recently…

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St. Mary’s Now Accepting Legislative Proposals for 2021 General Assembly Session

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County are inviting county residents and organizations to submit legislative proposals for the 2021 session of the Maryland General Assembly. The Commissioners will hold a joint meeting with members of the St. Mary’s County Legislative Delegation on October 6 to consider potential legislation for the 2021 session. Legislative Proposals are due to the Commissioners by August 26. The form to submit a legislative proposal can be found on the St.…

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Baltimore County Launches Interactive Crime Data Dashboard

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today unveiled a new interactive data dashboard, where residents can access detailed information about crime statistics. The dashboard is the County's latest effort to increase transparency and accountability. "Residents deserve to know exactly what's happening in their communities, as this dashboard shines a light on crime activity in Baltimore County," Olszewski said. "We're pleased that the dashboard shows that crime is decreasing in Baltimore County, and that Baltimore County remains…

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Counties Ask Congress for Additional Funding to Administer and Secure Elections

The National Association of Counties' Elections Subcommittee sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee and Congressional leadership urging additional federal funding for counties to strengthen, protect, and secure the nation’s election system ahead of the 2020 election cycle. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Maryland's local election officials yesterday made a final appeal to the State Board of Elections to implement a series of recommendations to address concerns over a shortage…

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Howard Releases Food Distribution Map

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball has launched a new map on the Howard County Government website that will assist residents seeking access to free meals or food pantries. There are more than 30 locations across the county that offer groceries and fresh and frozen meals for students, residents and older adults in need. From Howard County's website: “No one should have to choose between paying rent or purchasing food for themselves or their family, and…

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All-Electronic Tolling Now Permanent Statewide at MDTA Facilities

Governor Hogan announced that full-time cashless tolling will now be permanent across the state at all Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) facilities. While MDTA temporarily implemented cashless tolling in March as a part of its COVID-19 response, this will now be permanent at all facilities including the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95), Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95), Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895), and Nice/Middleton Bridge (US 301). With cashless tolling, tolls are automatically collected through E-ZPass and…

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Howard Library System Goes Fine Free
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Howard Library System Goes Fine Free

As of August 1, the Howard County Library System wiped all accounts clean of existing overdue fines with exception for items in the DIY and art collections. Libraries that have eliminated overdue fines have found that return rates increase due to removing the threat of accumulating fines, which account for just two percent of Howard County Library System's budget. From the media release: Why fine free? It removes a barrier to access: Being fine free is…

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Cardin, Van Hollen: Feds Must Boost Support for First Responders on Front Lines of Pandemic

Amid unprecedented revenue shortfalls, first responders need federal funds to continue providing essential services, emergency preparedness. As Congress continues to negotiate the next federal COVID-19 relief package, Maryland U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin yesterday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to boost funding and provide more flexibility for local firefighter departments through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants and Assistance to Firefighter Grants…

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The Future of Transportation is Approaching at 311 MPH

Don’t miss MACo’s Summer Series Solutions Showcase on advancing transportation technology! MACo’s Summer Series includes content directly aimed at solving common governance and administrative challenges. Investment in infrastructure projects that could boost local economies is just one area of focus. Register for MACo’s Summer Series to attend a live session hosted by Northeast Maglev, a MACo Bronze Corporate Partner. Title: The Future of Transportation is Approaching at 311 MPH Description: Now more than ever, investment in infrastructure…

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