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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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Academy Electives Have Been Selected - MML Fall Conference

The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance

This certificate program, a sponsorship between MML, MACo, LGIT and the University of Maryland, is the cornerstone of MML’s professional development offerings. Those attending the Excellence in Leadership Fall Conference will be able to receive Academy elective credits if they attend any of the following sessions:

  • Supporting an Energy Efficient Community 
  • Defining Housing Supply 
  • Traffic Calming, Road Diets and Speed Management: Moving to Pedestrian Safety 
  • Main Street Partnerships: Your Path to Downtown Revitalization
  • Taking a Kaleidoscope Approach to Leading Inclusively
  • Social Media and Your Town 
  • Fighting Hate for Good: How to Speak up Against the Rising Tide of Antisemitism, Hate and Extremism

All registered attendees may attend any Academy core or elective course. If you’re not currently an Academy Fellow, you have 30-days from the course’s date to enroll and still receive credit.  An Academy representative will be available onsite, at the conference, Monday and Tuesday.

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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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MML Approves 2024 Legislative Priorities

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Maryland Municipal League Approves 2024 General Assembly Priorities 

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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.

Attention Academy for Excellence Graduates – Only 3 spots remain

Have you graduated from the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance? Continue your learning, sign up today for the next Academy Graduate course, ”Tackling Leadership Challenges Creatively”. This course , open to Academy graduates only, will be held on October 17 in conjunction with the MML Fall Conference in College Park.

Still checking off your core class requirements? Don’t miss the three Academy core options being offered in College Park.  

  • Municipal Budgeting
  • Effective Meetings
  • Ethics

You must be registered for the conference and pre-registered for the graduate course to participate. 

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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. 

Program Details: Excellence in Leadership Fall Conference

If you're still trying to decide if this year's Excellence in Leadership Fall Conference sessions fit your needs, here's some insight to move you closer to snagging one of the few available spots remaining.


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Industry Experts Converge in College Park

What new benefits can you bring to your city or town? Connect with thought leaders of infrastructure, insurance, technology, medical, sustainability, parking enforcement, and more at the MML Excellence in Leadership Fall Conference, October 15-17, 2023 in College Park, MD.

Share with the experts what your community needs and learn face-to-face about the products and services that can make it happen.

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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.

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. 

Excellence in Leadership Fall Conference - Hotel Info & Deadlines

A limited number of rooms remain available for our Excellence in Leadership Fall Conference. The Hotel at University of Maryland will honor MML's special discounted rate until September 15.

  • Specially negotiated discounted room rates start at $189 for Single occupancy 
  • Online booking must use MML’s booking ID: 232103 for discounted rate at The Hotel at University of Maryland

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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!

Excellence In Leadership Fall Conference - Registration Open

Registration for the Excellence in Leadership Fall Conference, being held October 15-17 in College Park, is now liveMML’s conferences are the only professional development events designed solely for municipal officials. Our fall event draws our most engaged and forward-thinking leaders, looking for information that can arm them for the upcoming legislative session.  

Here's what you need to know about this year's event:

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MML Compensation Survey Informational Webinar

For 14 years now, MML has partnered with TechnologyNet, a Utah-based company providing “real time,” web-based compensation data to public sector subscribers. TechNet currently serves more than 1,000 local governments in in Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Virginia and here in Maryland and will be delivering a webinar on Thursday, August 31 demonstrating system capabilities for municipalities interested in learning more. The TechNet system includes:

  • Reporting, sharing and comparing of wages and salaries for fulltime, part-time, temporary and seasonal positions
  • Reporting, sharing and comparing of benefit practices, including health, dental, life, disability, retirement, supplemental retirement and all other employer paid benefits
  • Reporting, sharing and comparing of current and best practices impacting compensation including paid leave, holidays, and dozens of allowances & practices.
  • The ability to select which governments you want to compare against with unlimited report generation, 24/7.
  • Easy updating methods to keep information current.
  • Data monitoring features and automatically notifies users when data is over a year old.

The cost to participate is $40-80 per year for most Maryland municipalities and allows for multiple logins and passwords for shared access with staff members. 

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