Local Governments Defend Notice Law for Pending Lawsuits

MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp, with a panel of several representatives from the MACo and MML legal community, testified to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee February 12, opposing SB147, Local Government Tort Claims Act and Maryland Tort Claims Act - Repeal of Certain Notice Requirements. This bill would repeal the notice requirement for claims against local governments under the Local Government Tort Claims Act and the 1-year claim filing provision under the Maryland…

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End of Session Update: Health Legislation

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End of Session Update: Transportation and Public Works

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End of Session Update: Employee Benefits and Relations

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Session Update: Employee Benefits and Relations

This post summarizes the status of various employee benefits and relations bills that MACo took a position on. Direct Deposit of Wages:  HB 233/SB 484 would authorize counties and municipal corporations to pay employees’ wages by direct deposit.  However, the House has taken an approach that would require direct deposit, unless the employee opts out.  The Senate's approach would require direct deposit as a condition of employment and provide an opt-out for those individuals who do…

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Session Update: Transportation and Public Works

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