Name Change: Introducing the Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services

The Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control (DLC) is changing its name to Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) as of July 1. The new name is designed to reflect recent changes at the department, including an emphasis on customer service. According to a press release:  “Over the past two years, we have worked tirelessly to improve operations and our reputation, and we are now running like a business,” said Department Director Bob Dorfman. “We’ve brought in…

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“Peace Cross” Can Stand, Supreme Court Says
Governor Larry Hogan addresses a crowd at the "Peace Cross" in Prince George's County
“Peace Cross” Can Stand, Supreme Court Says

The U.S. Supreme Court today, in a 7-2 decision, ruled that a 40-foot World War I memorial in the shape of a Christian cross on public land does not violate the U.S. Constitution. The justices held that the First Amendment’s establishment clause, which bars the government from unduly favoring one religion over another, does not require the removal of the monument from its location in a traffic median in Bladensburg “This is a great victory…

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Data Integration Modernizes National 9-1-1 Call Center Directory

9-1-1 calls are usually routed to the nearest emergency communications center, but when they aren't, 9-1-1 specialists rely on a particular database of call centers to reroute callers to the proper location. The National Emergency Numbers Association (NENA) and emergency technology company GeoComm this week announced the development of the new Enhanced Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Registry and Census (EPRC), a secure web-based tool containing essential information for 9-1-1 centers throughout the United States. The…

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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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Hogan Executive Order Aims to Bolster Cybersecurity

Governor Larry Hogan today signed an executive order aimed at strengthening the State's cybersecurity infrastructure. The Maryland Cyber Defense Initiative establishes a State Chief Information Security Officer, the Office of Security Management, and the Maryland Cybersecurity Coordinating Council. “Security of Marylanders is at the forefront of our administration’s efforts on a day-to-day basis. In today’s world of emerging cyber threats, it is crucial that we work in unity to improve the processes and procedures designed to…

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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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Anne Arundel Council Approves 2020 Budget

The Anne Arundel County Council on Friday adopted a Fiscal Year 2020 budget that closely mirrors the budget proposed by County Executive Steuart Pittman on May 1. The $1.7 billion operating budget includes increased funding to address critical needs in education, public safety, infrastructure, and environmental enforcement. The FY 20 income tax rate is 2.81% (up from 2.5%) and the FY 20 property tax rate is 93.5 cents per $100 assessed value (up from 90.2…

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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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Speaker Jones Likely More “Mother” Than “Coach” According to Colleagues

A Washington Post article (2019-06-07) recounted the dramatic selection process that led to Delegate Adrienne Jones becoming Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates and how her leadership style will likely differ from that of former Speaker Michael Busch. The article described how Busch passed away suddenly at the end of the 2019 Session and the sometimes tense contest that followed between Jones, Appropriations Committee Chair Maggie McIntosh, and Economic Matters Chair Dereck Davis to replace him.…

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