MD General Assembly Posts Pre-Filed Bill List

The Maryland General Assembly Senate and House pre-filed bill lists are now available on the General Assembly website. Although the list of pre-file bills are available, there is no bill text at this time. Currently, readers are able to view the bill title, sponsor, and committee assignment. As of today, there are 780 total House and Senate pre-filed bills and resolutions listed on the website. This will be updated to reflect updates on the General…

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Queen Anne’s County Partners with Nonprofit to Build Mountain Bike Trail

Queen Anne's County Parks and Rec will be working with Mid Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE) to build a single-track mountain bike trail through Terrapin Park. The Queen Anne's County Commissioners approved the agreement with MORE to build and maintain a mountain bike trail in the southeast quadrant of Terrapin Nature Park at their Dec 8 meeting. The County will provide continued public access to the trails, while MORE will build, maintain, and inspect the trails.…

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Parks and Recreation Groups Launch Advocacy Effort, New Video

In an effort to promote support for Program Open Space (POS), a group of parks and recreation officials and enthusiasts are embarking on a campaign to engage with State representatives. Today, the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA), the Maryland Association of County Park and Recreation Administrators (MACPRA), and the Partners for Open Space released a video highlighting the benefits of POS. In recent years POS has faced a number of budget cuts, and the…

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Preview the 2021 Session “Big Picture”

A compilation of Issue Papers previews major fiscal and policy issues facing the General Assembly in the year ahead. This year’s report also includes a special section devoted to issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource is a handy guide to the top issues that your legislators will be tackling in 2021 – a great preparation document for county officials in advance of meetings with their local Delegations. Developed by the Department of Legislative…

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Wicomico Unveils Plans for Inclusive Playground

Earlier this month Wicomico officials released plans for a brand new inclusive playground on County property. Inclusive playgrounds provide a safe, accessible area for all children including those with disabilities to play. The new Donnie Williams Inclusive Playground will be located at the County's Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex in Salisbury, and will allow residents to stay locally instead of having to travel out of state for appropriate facilities. The County worked with families of…

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Ag Preservation and Program Open Space: State Agencies Brief Committee

Today, the Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation was briefed by State agencies on a variety of land use topics.  Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), and the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) were on hand to provide updates. The presentations focused on the status of land acquisition and preservation, as well as the impacts of the pandemic on agriculture and parks. MDA…

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Harford Takes Additional Steps to Protect the Public During COVID Surge

Harford County announces new actions regarding county facilities, organized athletics, telework, and testing. Following a surge in positivity rates, Harford County Executive Barry Glassman today announced new actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Public safety is my top priority in responding to this recent surge and my long term goal is to keep our economy and government services open for business,” County Executive Glassman said. “I understand the inconvenience, but I believe these actions…

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County Ballot Questions: Here’s What We Know

Across Maryland, voters considered a number of ballot questions concerning county governance and structure. Here, Conduit Street provides the latest results for each county-specific ballot question. Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties did not present voters with any county-specific ballot questions. Vote totals and percentages in this article are based on unofficial results of the Maryland State Board of Elections as of Thursday, November 5,…

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Anne Arundel Earns National Accreditation in Parks and Recreation

Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks recently earned national accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). From Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks: “The CAPRA accreditation has been a goal of the department for over five years. It represents a tremendous effort from our staff to take a hard look at ourselves and what improvements we needed to…

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Record Attendance at State Parks

The Maryland Park Service reports a significant increase in visitors to State parks. According to the Park Service, there have already been 2.2 million more visitors than 2019, with several months still to go. Many Marylanders have sought green and open space provided by State and local parks since the start of the pandemic. The Park Service also reports a record number of closures after reaching maximum capacity. From the press release: "As our state…

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