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#MMLCON24 Sneak-a-Peek Recording Available

MML Leadership hosted an insightful Lunch and Learn webinar in partnership with Conference Planning Committee Chair, Dave Unglesbee (Hampstead) and Vice Chair, Terry McGean (Ocean City). Packed with previews and sneak peeks, the recording provides a comprehensive overview of what attendees can expect from #MMLCon24.

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Information Regarding National Disaster Distress Helpline

 

Please see the statement below from our federal partners at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) regarding the National Disaster Distress Helpline, which can be used by constituents who need crisis counseling related to the collapse of the Key Bridge yesterday morning.

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MML Speed Camera Priority has Senate Hearing

MML's priority bill, HB 282, had its hearing in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on March 26, after passing through the House chamber. As a result of amendments added by the House the bill now allows municipalities that do not maintain a police force to use a trained technician, as opposed to a law enforcement officer, to review speed camera images and sign citations. MML will continue to advocate for passage of this legislation through the Senate. For questions, please contact Bill Jorch, [email protected].

 

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Act Now! Early Bird Rates Ending for #mmlcon24

The exclusive early bird rates for #mmlcon24, our highly anticipated summer conference, are set to expire on April 2nd.
 

Be there and experience the revamped Municipal Tuesday, a day dedicated to celebrating our municipal members and the professional staff that supports them; and the new innovative Solution Sessions, an opportunity to connect with key MML partners. Here’s what we have in store: 

  • 53 session offerings 
  • 3 mobile tours 
  • Expo ribbon cutting 
  • Two impactful keynote speakers on Municipal Tuesday 
  • Closing Block Party – Maryland style! 
Don't miss out on discounted pricing for this groundbreaking event. Secure your spot today and seize the opportunity to connect, learn, and innovate with local leaders from across Maryland. See you there! 

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Municipal Tuesday Celebrates Local Government

Join us Tuesday, June 25 as we celebrate Maryland's municipalities and the staff who support its elected officials.  It will offer a full conference experience in a single day with multiple ways for staff to attend at an exclusive rate and the most cost-effective way for municipal professionals to attend our conference. The day consists of: 

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Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability

The Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS) was established in 2012 to give students “real life” experience and provide Maryland communities access to the University of Maryland’s expertise in fields ranging from health care, planning, real estate finance, environmentalism, information technology, and more.

Students address issues like municipal service provision and management, economic development, environmental shifts, park and streetscape design, transportation operations, and more in their coursework. Projects have included the cost-effectiveness of LED streetlights and implementation plan, an examination of micro-mobility and safe routes to school, the feasibility of expanding a local airport, and other real, practical projects with an emphasis on scheduling, best practices, implementation, and monitoring.

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Exhibit at #MMLCon24 Award Winning Expo

We’re back, bigger and better than ever. The recipient of four national conference awards, our summer conference will connect your organization to 1,800 attendees who represent 160 local governments, state government leadership and community leadership from across Maryland. During our conference and expo, we promise an unparalleled opportunity for networking, learning, and showcasing your solutions.

MMLCon24’s Expo Hall serves as a hub for forging meaningful relationships and showcasing the latest information, techniques, products, and services that municipalities crave. And there's no shortage of new features designed to enhance your expo hall experience.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $3.3 Billion in Grants To ‘Repair the Harm Caused By Infrastructure Choices Of The Past’

This week, the Biden-Harris Administration announced $3.33 billion in grant awards for 132 projects through the Reconnecting Communities Pilot and Neighborhood Access and Equity discretionary grant programs as part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda. The funding is for communities that were cut off by transportation infrastructure years ago that left many neighborhoods without direct access to opportunities such as schools, places to worship, medical offices, and jobs.

The Department of Transportation is awarding 72 Planning grants, 52 Capital Construction grants, and 8 Regional Planning grants.

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New Protect Local Waterways Website

This Friday, March 22, is World Water Day.  Celebrate by reading up on how you can protect the streams and waterways that run through your community.

Protect Local Waterways is a new award-winning web resource on how local leaders can help support the economy, public health, education, and infrastructure while protecting their communities' environmental assets. Created by local officials for local officials, this website includes an extensive learning library spanning 11 environmental topics. From understanding the benefits of trees to building community buy-in on environmental behaviors, this learning library is the perfect place to start. Take action today to secure fishable, swimmable, and drinkable water for your municipality. Visit our website.  

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Start Thinking About Your Legislative Action Requests

As the 2024 General Assembly session winds down, it is time to start thinking about submitting legislative action requests (LARs) for the 2025 session. The basis for MML's legislative priorities, LARs are ideas for a legislative fix submitted by a member municipality, MML chapter, or MML department for the Legislative Committee's consideration. MML will make the LAR form available on April 1, a few weeks earlier than usual. 

2024 priorities formed from LAR submissions include authority to create local tourism zones, providing options for who may review speed camera images, and expanding the services included in the admissions and amusement tax.

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MML Tourism Zones and Speed Camera Legislation Pass Senate and House Ahead of Critical Deadline

(March 19, 2024) Annapolis, Md. Ahead of the crossover deadline, two Maryland Municipal League (MML) priority bills passed out of their original chambers. Approved by the House on Saturday, HB 282 would enable more municipalities to utilize speed cameras by allowing those without a police department to utilize trained technicians to review the images and sign citations. HB 1281, cross-filed with SB 14, which would grant local governments the authority to create tourism zones and provide local incentives, advanced through the House on Monday, March 18. 

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MML Main Street - Featuring You

Our team is excited for our national award-winning conference this June and I think you will be too when you see the new enhancements.
 
At the 2024 MML Summer Conference, we have increased ways to engage and participate for all attendees. Taking the lead from our members on survey feedback, you will see a new spotlight on Maryland’s municipalities including our new, MML Main Street.

MML Main Street is a chance to engage with 30 member municipalities in a featured exhibit area at the conclusion of Governor Moore’s (invited) closing speech on Tuesday afternoon. From one corner of the state and across our waterways and to the mountains, this will allow member municipalities to showcase their home right there in Ocean City.

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#MMLCon24 Registration OPEN

Registration for our highly anticipated 2024 Summer Conference is officially open. Join us for four days packed with networking opportunities and insightful education sessions. Early Bird rates are only available until April 2. And hurry – only the first 200 member registrants will receive our 2024 summer conference T-shirt for free. 

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MMLCon24: Schedule and Hotel Information

MMLCon24 Schedule

Two ways to stay in touch with the sessions, workshops and activities

1.  Visit Details on our Summer Conference website and click Schedule for a day-to-day breakdown of the preliminary schedule.

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MML Supported Transportation Bills Moving in General Assembly

Now that we are more than halfway through the General Assembly session, bills are starting to move. Below are a few transportation-related bills, supported by MML, all of which have already received favorable reports by their respective committees and passed out of their chamber of origin. 

HB 43 - This bill is slightly amended from the version initially introduced and now includes a few additional guardrails. It now allows local governments to designate roads under their jurisdiction as roads on which golf carts may operate, under certain conditions; the road must be 30 MPH or lower and the golf cart must operate only between dawn and dusk unless it has State Highway Administration (SHA) approved lights, drive on the far right of the lane, and contain no more passengers than there are seats. This new authority would allow a new and unique transportation option to local governments.

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Dive into Local Communities at #MMLCon24

Registration for #MMLCon24 is OPEN. One of the highlights of this year's conference is the opportunity to participate in our exclusive tours, offered on Sunday, June 23 at 11 AM at no extra cost.  
Start your conference experience by immersing yourself in one of the innovative solutions implemented by other cities and towns. There's no better way to grow than by witnessing tangible solutions in action.  

Tour Highlights 

  1.  Berlin Economic Development Walking Tour: Explore how the Town of Berlin has seamlessly blended history, sustainability, and entrepreneurship to create an economic development success story. This walking tour will provide valuable insights into the strategies employed by Berlin to foster growth and prosperity. 
  2. Ocean City Grant Utilization Bus Tour: Discover how the Town of Ocean City has creatively utilized a variety of grant opportunities to execute projects that enhance the local community. Jump on board the bus tour and learn from Ocean City's success in leveraging grants for community development.
  3. Salisbury's Anne Street Village Visit: Embark on a visit to Salisbury's Anne Street Village, an innovative transitional housing initiative designed to support the city's chronically unsheltered residents. Gain firsthand knowledge of this impactful project and learn about the efforts to address homelessness in Salisbury.  

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore and learn from these remarkable initiatives! Spaces for our mobile tours are limited and open only to registered attendees. Be sure to reserve your spot today. Join us at #MMLCon24 and be inspired by the transformative work happening in local communities across Maryland.  

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MML Positions on Legislation

View MML's positions on legislation introduced in the General Assembly.

Each week the MML legislative committee, made up of elected municipal leaders and municipal staff, reviews General Assembly bills that have impact on the operations of municipal government. Check back as new bills are added to the list each week.

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MML Priority Tourism Zone Legislation Hearing - Thursday 2/29

MML’s priority legislation, HB 1281, to allow municipalities to self-designate Tourism Zones will be heard in the House Ways & Means Committee on Thursday, February 29.

Modeled off a successful program in Virginia, this MML priority bill would authorize local governments to provide an array of local tax credits or waivers to businesses that aid in expanding tourism. This program would not only bolster the ability of jurisdictions to attract and retain community-oriented businesses, especially for those that lack access to other incentive programs, but to directly expand the State’s general revenue fund and attract new visitors to Maryland.

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MMLCon24 Hotel Block Now Open

It’s time to lock in your accommodations for MML’s summer conference! We have negotiated with properties in Ocean City across various price ranges and amenities to secure the best options for the MML Summer Conference, June 23-26.

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MML Priority Bill to Authorize Tourism Zones moves in Senate

League priority bill SB 14 has received a favorable with amendment report from the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee ahead of the important crossover deadline. The crossfile, HB 1281, has been voted out of its subcommittee and is expected to have a vote in the full House Ways and Means committee soon.

As a refresher, these bills would enable Maryland’s 157 municipalities to establish Tourism Zones, bringing in new visitors, future residents and helping to attract new tourism-related business to cities, towns, and villages across the state. For more information and a recap on the hearing, please see our press release.

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