Bills to Require MAT in Jails on the Move

Bills to expand medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders within county jails are on the move. HB 116, sponsored by Delegate Erek Barron, has already been passed out of the House and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate. And its crossfile, SB 846 sponsored by Senator Chris West, has passed second reader in the Senate and expected to continue its process over to the House in the next few days. HB 116/SB 846 would…

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House, Senate Pass MACo NG911 Initiative

The Maryland House of Delegates on Saturday overwhelmingly passed HB 397, Public Safety – 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System (Carl Henn’s Law), a 2019 MACo Legislative Initiative to update state laws and the 9-1-1 financing system to provide the flexibility and resources needed for the deployment of a statewide Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) system. Earlier this month the Senate approved an identical Senate bill, SB 339. The House bill will need a pro forma vote in the…

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City Council Confirms Michael Harrison as Baltimore City Police Commissioner

The Baltimore City Council voted unanimously to confirm former New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison as the new Baltimore City Police Commissioner. Harrison has been serving as the acting police commissioner since February 11, 2019. The Baltimore Sun reports on Harrison's statement following the confirmation: “I expect a long and productive relationship with the City Council and am looking forward to working together to achieve our goals of reforming the Baltimore Police Department, reducing crime and…

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Senate Passes MACo NG911 Initiative

The Maryland Senate today overwhelmingly passed SB 339, Public Safety – 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System (Carl Henn’s Law), a 2019 MACo Legislative Initiative to update state laws and the 9-1-1 financing system to provide the flexibility and resources needed for the deployment of a statewide Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) system. The bill now crosses over to the House of Delegates for consideration by the House Health and Government Operations Committee. SB 339 was introduced at the…

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‘Do you copy?’ Baltimore County Launches FirstNet Radio Site
Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger
‘Do you copy?’ Baltimore County Launches FirstNet Radio Site

The Hazelwood Avenue location is part of a federal-state partnership that will bring increased coverage and capacity to first responders across the state. As reported by FirstNet, the First Responder Network Authority, public safety communications in Baltimore County will have a critical upgrade in the launch of a "new, purpose-built cell site." Congressman Ruppersberger, former Baltimore County Executive and former MACo President, attended the launch. He stated, “The launch of this new cell site, with…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Committee Crunch Time, Public Safety Pop-Ups, and More!

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website. Useful Links Previous Conduit Street Coverage: MACo NG911 Initiative Moves to Senate Floor Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Re-prioritizing Public Health: Counties Call for Increase in Local Health Funds Previous Conduit Street Coverage:…

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MACo NG911 Initiative Moves to Senate Floor
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, Harford County Barry Glassman, and MACo Associate Director Kevin Kinnally present testimony to the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, February 26, 2019
MACo NG911 Initiative Moves to Senate Floor

The Senate Finance Committee today gave preliminary approval to MACo's Next Generation 9-1-1 Initiative. SB 339, Public Safety - 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System (Carl Henn's Law), a 2019 MACo Legislative Initiative to update state laws and the 9-1-1 financing system to provide the flexibility and resources needed for the deployment of a statewide Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) system, has gotten its first stamp of approval. The Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously to pass the bill,…

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Supreme Court Issues Decision on Excessive Property Forfeiture Seizures and Fines

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision last week holding that civil asset forfeiture at the state and local level must occur under the same constitutional protections against excessive fines as they do at the federal level. While decision does not prohibit civil asset forfeiture, it does mean that state and local governments may be open to more legal challenges in cases where assets are seized. As reported in Route Fifty: The decision in the…

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Budget Analysts: Zero Out Gov’s City Safety Initiative

The Department of Legislative Services has recommended that the General Assembly eliminate funds for Governor Hogan's proposed initiative to fight violent crime in Baltimore City. During the House budget hearing for the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP), the Department of Legislative Services (DLS) offered its recommendations regarding that agency's budget, as is its standard role. In that presentation, DLS has suggested that a high-profile "strike force" initiative touted by the Governor should…

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Counties Support Creation of Statewide System for Medication-Assisted Treatment

On Tuesday, Natasha Mehu testified on the sponsor panel of HB 116 Public Health - Correctional Services - Opioid Use Disorder Examinations and Treatment.  As Maryland continues to be plagued with an opioid epidemic, this bill would help to ensure that those who are receiving medication-assisted treatment for their opioid use disorder continue to receive said treatment once incarcerated. From the MACo Testimony: HB 116 would require that all jails and prisons in the state…

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