COVID-19 FAQs

  • How should municipal elections that are set to occur soon be handled? Can the date be changed?
    • New! Governor Hogan issued an Executive Order on March 30 that allows for the suspension of the formal charter amendment process laid out in State law only as it pertains to municipal elections during the state of emergency.
      • With regard to providing "notice to the Governor," please send the information to Chris Mincher in the Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel: Christopher.mincher@maryland.gov
      • Due to the particular nuances of each municipality it is strongly recommended that a municipal attorney is consulted to help navigate the process for each particular charter.
  • What should municipalities know about the budgeting process specific to 2020?
    • New! A good place to start would be MML’s yearly budget memos: Memo #1 Memo #2
    • New! If you are subject to the constant yield tax rate procedures, please review this guidance from SDAT.
  • As essential employers, what are some issues municipalities should consider?
    • New! Take a look at this list compiled from several sources to get a sense of issues to consider when making personnel decisions.
  • What are some options for platforms to conduct a virtual meeting?
  • How does the Open Meetings Act apply to virtual meetings?
    • Virtual meetings are an option during times of social distancing but the Open Meetings Act requirements still apply.
    • Maryland Municipal Attorneys Association Guidance on Virtual Meetings.
    • Maryland Attorney General Open Meetings Act FAQ’s.
  • How should municipalities handle Public Information Act (PIA) requests?
  • Is there a contact in the Governor’s office that can help answer questions?
  • Are there resources for businesses affected by the crisis?
    • Yes, the Maryland Department of Commerce set up a website that offers assistance for employers, employees, finances, licensing, permitting, and emergency management.
  • What does state law allow municipalities to do during a crisis like this?