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Federal Funds Mapping Service Available

The State of Maryland Department of Budget and Management’s Municipal Technical Assistance Program (MTAP) has unveiled a new federal fund mapping service. Maryland municipalities can submit infrastructure projects or priorities to the fund mapping service through the Project Intake Form and receive tailored information on relevant Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) programs. If your municipality has additional questions, or would like to learn more, please contact the MTAP team at [email protected].

October 1, 2023 Legislation Effective Dates

The following bills with municipal impact went into effect on October 1, 2023. Please contact any member of the MML Advocacy team with any questions. 

SB 310 / HB 378 - Natural Resources - Black Bear Damage Prevention and Reimbursement Fund – Uses 

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Supreme Court Preview for Local Governments: 2023-2024 Term

Hosted by the Local Government Legal Center (LGLC), join legal experts in a discussion of the new Supreme Court term and what decisions local governments should watch. The Supreme Court will rule on several major cases this term, including on issues related to:
  •     A possible new standard for employment liability under Title VII;
  •     Whether a public official’s social media account can constitute state action for the purposes of the First Amendment;
  •     Whether the Supreme Court should overrule Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council, which relates to deference that courts should provide administrative agencies; and
  •     Whether firearm regulations prohibiting individuals subject to domestic violence restraining orders violate the Second Amendment

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Still only a Call Away

Our offices may have moved but our phone numbers remain the same. Reaching an MML team member is as easy as calling 410-295-9100. And our new automated system helps connect you to anyone on our team.

If you're still getting used to the new names of our departments, here's a little cheat sheet

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Cyberthreat Webinar: Reduce Your Risk

Cyberthreats are not only real, they are constant. Local governments are targeted over 1,600 times a week by potential cyber threats. As local government leaders, you are entrusted with sensitive data and a limited budget for IT and preventing cyberthreats.

Meet with MML exclusive cybersecurity partner, VC3, to assess your vulnerabilities and learn how to protect your community.

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Your Community is Our CommUnity

If you've been curious about the League's new member portal, MD CommUnity, no better time than the present to get all the information you need to dive in. Two resources available to get you started:

  • Our FAQ explains some of the nuances of signing in and why MD CommUnity is a tool you need to add to your resources to make the most of your League membership

For assistance logging into MD CommUnity, contact Sharon Easton, Manager, Member Experience.

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Deadline for 2024 Summer Conference Workshop Proposals EXTENDED!

The deadline for submitting workshop proposals for the Maryland Municipal League Summer Conference has been extended to October 10, 2023. Proposals can be submitted via the Workshop Proposal Form .

MML’s Conference Planning Committee will begin reviewing workshop proposals for the 2024 Summer Conference beginning October 15 and is focused on generating a program that covers the diverse array of opportunities and challenges facing the state’s municipal leaders. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Stacie Spragins or Tom Reynolds.

Details on Paid Family Leave: MML Alternative Plan

In response to the upcoming implementation of the State's Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance program, also known as the Time to Care Act, MML is elated to negotiate and bring an alternative option to our members. We have partnered with other local government entities to present an alternative to the State plan for municipalities with 15 or more employees. This local government collaborative insurance plan can reduce your staff’s administrative burden and decrease the impact on your budget and your staff’s paycheck. A draft memorandum of agreement explains the operation of the collaborative.   

 Potential benefits of joining the collaborative:

  •     Increased market power in securing a vendor to administer benefits for the broad co-op membership
  •     Lower premiums than the State plan saves the employer and employee money
  •     Avoid 15 months of pre-paying premiums before benefits become available (under the State program)
  •     Reduced/shared administrative overhead costs in overseeing and managing the program
  •     Security/simplicity of having one coordinated approval of plan structure and benefits for all participants

MML hosted a webinar with Bolton, the company that will administer the collaborative, on September 8. If you missed it or want to learn more, both the PowerPoint slides and a recording are available.  

The next step is time sensitive. If your municipality would like to participate in the collaborative, a letter of intent must be completed and returned to Bill Jorch, [email protected]no later than September 29. If meeting that deadline will be a problem, please contact Bill for more information.

Please note that there is a membership fee to join the collaborative, which is required to be paid by October 15, if you submit a letter of intent. Once a third-party insurance carrier is selected, a municipality may opt to not sign if the terms and rates are not acceptable, but the membership fee will not be refunded. The membership fee is an annual fee and will be in addition to the premium rate paid to the insurance carrier.

 Membership fees are as follows (payment details will be made available once the letter of intent has been received):










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We've Moved

We're the new kid on the block! MML's new offices are located on 47 State Circle, the center of Maryland governance.

MML Retirement News

The League wishes to thank and bid a fond farewell to MML’s Director of Publications and Events, Patricia Foss-Bennie. Patty will be departing MML later this month to join the world of the retired. During her tenure, the League has seen record conference attendance and record exhibit numbers, earned several international awards, and revamped the member magazine. While we will miss a great colleague and dear friend, we wish Patty all the best in her new ventures ahead. 

Leveraging Federal Funds Webinar

The Maryland Municipal Technical Assistance Program (MTAP) has announced a new webinar: Blending ARPA CLFRF & IIJA and the new ARPA CLFRF Interim Final Rule to take place on September 13, 2023 from 12:00-1:00pm EST. This webinar will provide an overview of:

  • Methods available to leverage Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CLFRF) to successfully pursue Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) opportunities. 
  • A re-introduction to the IIJA. 
  • The 2023 ARPA CLFRF Interim Final Rule (IFR), including new expenditure categories, and the limited impact of the new IFR for municipalities who designated their entire award under the standard allowance for revenue loss.
If you would like to attend this webinar, please register at the following link and feel free to forward this invitation to any colleagues for whom this webinar would be relevant. Registered participants will receive a follow up email containing a link to the event.  
Please submit any questions you have prior to the webinar through the Question Submission Portal as far as possible in advance; questions submitted during the webinar may also be addressed if time permits. 

MML Legislative Priority Recommendations Announced

MML's Legislative Committee met three times in August to review all 20 member-submitted Legislative Action Requests (LARs) submitted in advance of the 2024 General Assembly Session. After substantial discussion, the Committee unanimously voted to recommend the following three priorities: 

1. A Speed Camera bill to allow local governments to utilize non-sworn personnel to issue a citation for speed camera violations; 
2. A bill to allow local governments to establish Tourism Zones to provide incentives to attract tourism; and,
3. Legislation establishing and supporting a statewide study on local government revenue sources.

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Webinar - Alternative to State Family Leave Plan - An Option for Local Governments

This Friday, learn about an opportunity to join other local governments in a collaborative insurance plan that may reduce your administrative burden and save your municipality time and money. The Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance program, also known as the Time to Care Act, impacts all employees and specifically employers (including municipal governments) with 15 or more employees. So, if your municipality has at least 15 employees or plans to expand to 15 or more in the future, you won't want to miss this webinar

David Johnson, Vice President from Bolton USA, will talk in detail about the collaborative opportunity and answer your questions. Sign-ups for the collaborative plan are due in the next few weeks, so this is the best opportunity to learn if it is the right option for your municipality!

Featured Inquiry - New to MD CommUnity

The "Featured Inquiry" is a new element to MD CommUnity, the League's members-only portal. The posts will highlight an interesting inquiry received by MML with the answer and resources posted to the community's "Ask MML" Discussion thread.

 

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