Police Accountability Panel at #MACoCon Signals Necessary Changes to Reform Legislation

Police accountability process runs into various procedural complications in year two but hope is alive for legislative updates.  Police accountability reform has been underway since 2021 and the new civilian oversight process has taken shape. Now entering into year two of the process, individuals deeply involved in the process took time to share their considerations for how the process is going. This expert panel, representing every tier of the new process, answered questions and described…

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#MACoCon Features Future of EPR, Conversations on Recycling

At MACo's Summer Conference, an expert panel examined the future of extended producer responsibility in Maryland.  Recycling is a core function of local government, which until recently has largely been profitable or, at the very least, self-funding. Changing market conditions have turned this service into a major expense, upending long-term county plans. Now, policymakers and environmental activists are starting to question who should pay for this service, the taxpayer or the producers of packaging. Delegate…

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Explore Energy Issues at #MACoCon

At MACo's Summer Conference, an expert panel discussed their visions of tomorrow and answered the most pressing questions about Maryland’s energy needs.  Energy and climate change are inextricably linked. The greatest cause of climate change has been how humanity has powered our society and growth for the last roughly two centuries. Now, policymakers are contending with responding to climate change while also ensuring our society continues to function. Del. Lorig Charkoudian lead a discussion with…

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Buckle Up: Turbulent Times for County Budgets at #MACoCon

At MACo's Summer Conference, an expert panel shared best practices for planning, budgeting, and managing expectations and discussed strategies for how counties can best prepare for future fiscal uncertainties. Rising costs, sluggish growth, unfunded mandates, and greater demand for services all signal turbulent times ahead for county government budgets. Economic instability, shifting demographics, and funding the ambitious, multi-billion-dollar overhaul of Maryland's education system exacerbate the ballooning pressure. Maryland Department of Budget and Management Secretary Helene…

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MACo Tech Expo Sessions to Focus on AI, VR, and Facial Recognition

MACo's Summer Conference is almost here - Aug 16-19, 2023. MACo's Wednesday Tech Expo is a can't-miss event, so be sure to circle your calendar for these tech-filled sessions. MACo's Tech Expo features a one-day exhibit show of 56 booths focusing in tech products and solutions for counties. Alongside the exhibit show will be three deep-dive educational sessions focusing on the hottest tech topics of the day... Title: The Robots Are Coming: AI Through the…

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Comments Due Aug 17 on Paid Leave Contributions Discussion Document

The Maryland Department of Labor has released a discussion document on draft regulations overseeing contributions for the state’s paid leave benefit. Written comments are due on August 17. The Maryland Department of Labor’s FAMLI Division — tasked with implementing and guiding the statewide Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) law — has released a “discussion document” on appeals processes for stakeholders to weigh in on. Details on the date and time of the next meeting…

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Thank You, #MACoCon Sponsors – We Couldn’t Do It Without You!

MACo's Summer Conference, "Where the Rubber Meets the Road," is almost here (Aug 16-19, 2023). See the list of generous industry leaders who support the work of local government through MACo's conference activities. Learn more about all of our Summer Conference sponsors and see how they are making this year’s conference the best one yet. Sponsors: 211 MD (Chapter Organization Meeting - Large County Coalition Breakfast) AARP Maryland (Governor's Cabinet Reception) Accenture (Wireless Internet -…

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U.S. Senator Cardin to Give Federal Update in Town Hall Setting at #MACoCon

MACo's Summer Conference, "Where the Rubber Meets the Road," is almost here! Don't miss it - Aug 16-19, 2023. MACo is honored to once again welcome U.S. Senator Ben Cardin to host a town hall forum at the conference. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the Senator directly and hear updates on federal issues. Title: Town Hall Forum with US Senator Ben Cardin Description: In a town hall setting, Senator Cardin will…

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Check Out The Smart Growth Subcabinet At #MACoCon

The Maryland Smart Growth Subcabinet will be meeting Saturday, August 19th 9:30a-11:00a at #MACoCon.  The Smart Growth Subcabinet (Subcabinet) member agencies at will be maating at the MACo Summer Conference on Saturday, August 19 between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to reflect on the past 25 years of Smart Growth in Maryland. The Subcabinet will also report on its current work and progress on 2023 legislative directives. Interest parties can attend either in person at…

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It’s More Than Likes and Shares – Unlocking the Power of Social Media to Engage Communities

MACo's Summer Conference, "Where the Rubber Meets the Road," is almost here! Don't miss it - Aug 16-19, 2023. Engaging communities is a top priority for all elected officials. Harnessing the power of social media may seem simple, but it's more complex than it appears. Elected officials, staff leaders, and policy advocates should be sure to attend the MACo Summer Conference session on how to use social media to reach residents and learn best practices…

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