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September 17, 2018

MML Legislative Committee Adopts Recommendations for 2019 Legislative Priorities

At a meeting on September 13, the MML Legislative Committee debated and ultimately approved recommendations of one legislative priority and three strategic initiatives for 2019. Following a successful 2018 legislative session that included the accomplishment of all three priorities, 2019 brings new challenges that include building relationships with new legislators following the November elections.

The one legislative priority recommended by the legislative committee is a repeat from last year: preserving local authority in the siting and aesthetics of small cellular tower infrastructure. As a 2018 priority, a statewide bill that would have preempted local governments on this issue was defeated. However, the issue will almost certainly return during the next legislative session as the wireless industry is already in discussions with MML and other stakeholders about a 2019 bill.

The MML Legislative Committee also recommended three strategic initiatives: Opposition to preemption of local government authority in any area; exploration of new revenue streams for municipalities while protecting municipal Highway User Revenue monies to be allocated in the FY 2020 budget, and examining the possible modification of the five-year rule included in Maryland’s annexation statute. Unlike legislative priorities which generally are introduced by a member of the General Assembly in the form of a bill, strategic initiatives can be addressed through other avenues.

For more information contact the MML staff (410) 268-5514: Candace Donoho; Bill Jorch, or Justin Fiore

Municipal Services Survey Reminder: Due September 31

Every four to five years, the League conducts a survey of the full membership to ascertain the services our municipalities provide to their citizens. The data collected is used extensively by our research and legislative staff for responding to member inquiries, writing testimony on legislative issues, providing data to members of the Administration and General Assembly, and replying to press calls.
An email containing the survey and instructions was sent to each municipality’s clerk, administrator, manager, and chief executive (please only return one copy). It is EXTREMELY important that we hear from all 157 municipalities. It should not take more than a few minutes to complete.
Thank you. We look forward to sharing some the highlights.

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Fall Conference Session Highlight:
Orientation for Municipal Officials (OMO)

Officials who have never been to MML’s Fall Conference or are new to municipal office, should make their first conference activity the Orientation for Municipal Officials (OMO), Thursday, October 11 at 9 a.m.

OMOs are a tutorial on the League’s services and resources.  Attendees will hear from veteran officials that have been engaged with the League for many years, how their municipality has benefited from MML membership and get tips on how to maximize their League engagement.

The OMO is a free session open to all officials. Fall Conference registration is not required to attend.

Are Railways a Concern for your Municipality?

The League was recently contacted by Delegate Jimmy Tarlau (D-47) to inquire about the level of concern local municipal officials have for railways operating in or around their jurisdiction, to include safety, traffic, noise, and any other issue they are experiencing. Delegate Tarlau is willing to facilitate a discussion on the subject if there is interest from municipal and county officials.
If you have an interest in attending a yet-to-be-scheduled statewide forum of municipal officials on the topic of railroads operating in your jurisdictions, please contact MML Government Relations Manager Justin Fiore at or (410) 295-9100.

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Sustainable Maryland Leadership Training 

The Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland will host Sustainable Maryland's annual Leadership Training workshops in November. This training series fosters leadership skills to engage diverse stakeholders, reduce contention and garner support for sustainability initiatives. This year's workshop topic, GROWING THE COMMUNITY FOREST, will incorporate examples, stories and tools that will help communities to strengthen and expand local tree canopy. Trees are unique amongst urban infrastructure, in that over time, they appreciate in both value and capacity. Learn about the benefits of a healthy community forest; funding sources and technical assistance available for maintaining and growing your town's tree canopy; and examples of how to engage residents to support this vital green infrastructure in their neighborhoods. Choose the most convenient date/location:

Thursday, November 8, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Location: City Hall, Hyattsville
Monday, November 12, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm  
Location: Cambridge Public Safety Building, Cambridge
Thursday, November 14, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Location: University System of Maryland, Hagerstown
(includes breakfast, lunch, program materials, free parking)
Questions? Contact Mike Hunninghake at or (301) 405-7956.

The 2040 MTP Draft Plan is Now Available for Public Review

The Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP) is updated every five years through extensive consultation and coordination with state, regional and local government stakeholders and outreach to Maryland’s citizens. The perspective of transportation users has been critical in shaping the development of the Draft 2040 MTP: Connecting You to Life’s Opportunities. You can now view a copy of the Draft Plan at the Maryland Transportation Plan website.

The Draft 2040 MTP includes highlights of Maryland’s transportation trends, key challenges and opportunities and high-level transportation needs and revenues over the next twenty years. There will be a two-month public comment period which will end on November 15, 2018. Comments and questions should be emailed to Public feedback will be used to inform the Final Plan, which is anticipated to be adopted in January 2019.

NLC Leadership Applications – Now Being Accepted

The online applications for the National League of Cities (NLC) Board of Directors and Officers are now available on NLC’s website, and at the MyNLC Member Portal. Please refer to the candidate information package for eligibility requirements, job description, and how to apply! The application can be found in your member portal under the Leadership Application tab. If you have any further questions, please contact Carla Smith at (202) 626-3179 or Applications are due no later than Monday, October 8, 2018. This is the application period for NLC Board positions. Applications for all NLC Committees and Councils will be accepted later in the Fall.

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Bells to be Tolled to Honor WWI Veterans

Maryland Joins Nation to Commemorate Sacrifices of more than 60,000 Veterans

Governor Hogan issued a proclamation calling for bells to be tolled in Maryland on November 11, 2018 at 11:00 am in remembrance of veterans of World War I. The proclamation coincides with a call by the United States World War I Centennial Commission for all Americans to participate in a national tolling of bells.

View the World War I Centennial Commission website for more information.


Classified advertisements from Maryland cities, towns, counties and other government agencies will be published in MML’s e-Bulletin at no charge. If you would like to advertise an employment opportunity, request for proposals, or a piece of equipment for sale within the State of Maryland, please e-mail the ad copy, in a text only word doc, 200 words or less to classified. Ads will appear for a 90-day period and can be resubmitted for posting if needed.


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