Registration Open – First Amendment Audit Course

The Local Government Insurance Trust will offer a course titled, "First Amendment Audit - What You Need To Know," in College Park, MD. First Amendment audits are more and more common these days and typically involve individuals intending to film or take photos in public places. Understanding the rights  afforded and limits imposed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution can bolster your teams ability to ensure an uneventful audit. Join LGIT for this…

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Todd Turner Confirmed for Office of Ethics in Prince George’s

Todd Turner is set to begin his new role as Executive Director of the Office of Ethics and Accountability in Prince George's on December 5, 2022. Turner has served in the District 4 seat of the Prince George's County Council since his election to the office in 2014. He also served as co-chair of the county council in 2018 and council chair in 2019 and 2020. A friend of MACo, Turner served for many years…

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Carroll Selects Police Accountability Board Members
Carroll County Board of County Commissioners - courtesy of the Maryland Manual On-Line Left to right: Dennis E. Frazier, Stephen A. Wantz, Edward C. Rothstein, C. Richard Weaver, Christopher E. Bouchat.
Carroll Selects Police Accountability Board Members

On Tuesday, September 27th, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners confirmed five members to the county’s first-ever police accountability board (PAB). Under the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021, counties must establish PABs, Administrative Charging Committees (ACCs), and trial boards. PABs will receive complaints of police misconduct, review police disciplinary trends, and work with local law enforcement to improve policing. ACCs will receive investigatory reports of police misconduct and determine levels of discipline, whereas trial boards will…

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Baltimore County Confirms Police Accountability Board Members

On Monday, September 19th, the Baltimore County Council provided near unanimous consent to County Executive Johnny Olszewski's nine nominees to the County's first-ever Police Accountability Board (PAB). As discussed in previous Conduit Street coverage, under the 2021 Police Accountability Act, each Maryland county must create several police oversight bodies, including an administrative charging committee (ACC), PAB, and trial board. PABs review and oversee police misconduct complaints from the public and ACCs receive completed investigatory reports…

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MD Court of Appeals Begins 2022-2023 Session

Underscoring three high-profile cases, the Daily Record published a primer on the Maryland Court of Appeals' 2022-2023 session. The seven-member Court of Appeals is Maryland's highest court and will feature "its first full session with Chief Judge Matthew J. Fader and Judge Angela M. Eaves." Both judges were nominated to the Court in February of this year. According to the Daily Record, Chief Judge Fader "will likely recuse himself from the many appeals the high…

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Montgomery Lawsuit Tests Boundaries of Anton’s Law

On September 5, the Washington Post reported on an ongoing lawsuit between Montgomery County and its police union, potentially undercutting the intent of Anton's Law.  Anton's Law, passed in 2021 as a part of the Maryland General Assembly's sweeping police reform package, removed most police misconduct records as classified personnel records under the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA). The Law took effect on October 1, 2021. In Montgomery County, Alexa Renehan requested records relating to…

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Public Information Act Session Helps Counties “Stay Out of the News” at #MACoCon

Harford County Associate Judge, David Carey breaks down the ins and outs of processing a Public Information Act request at #MACoCon. The Academy Core Session: Public Information Act gave MACo Summer Conference attendees another opportunity to earn core credits towards the completion of a certificate from the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance. Judge Carey prefaced this session by highlighting the increasing importance of getting PIA requests right. "The legislation is getting more and more…

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