MML’s Legislative Committee met twice in September to review and discuss the 18 Legislative Action Requests submitted in advance of the 2023 Legislative Session. The Committee successfully narrowed down the potential legislative priorities to one issue: municipal involvement in Police Accountability Boards.
Part of the police reform suite of legislation that passed in 2021 requires each County to have a police accountability board and establish an administrative charging committee. The law does not, however, offer municipalities the option to establish their own Accountability Board and Charging Committees, despite their municipal police departments having autonomy from their county counterparts. This year’s proposal would revise the state law relating to Police Accountability Boards and Administrative Charging Committees to give municipalities to option of creating their own Board and Committee.
Recommended Strategic Initiatives include: 1. Expanding sources of municipal revenue; and 2. Municipal transparency and constituent communications.
This year’s Legislative Committee is led by Chair Gregg Dotson,North Beach Council; Vice Chair Michael O’Connor, Mayor of Frederick; and Councilmember J Davis, Gaithersburg. The MML Board of Directors will vote on whether to adopt these recommendations later this month.
For more information, members are invited to attend 1 or 2 “Lunch & Learn About LARs” webinars this Thursday, September 8 at 12pm, or Thursday, September 15 at 12pm (information, including registration, available on the MML website and in this E-Bulletin). Members are also welcome to contact the MML Legislative Team with questions any time (email@example.com).