ARPA Reporting Deadline Approaching

The American Rescue Plan Act State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) reporting deadline is April 30, 2024. All NEUs who have received ARPA funding are required to submit this annual report, which covers expenditures incurred between April 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024. For NEUs who report quarterly, the report will cover expenditures during the period of January 1, 2024, through March 31, 2024. Keep in mind that the Municipal Technical Assistance Program (MTAP) continues to support Maryland municipalities to inform them of their reporting responsibilities throughout the month, including through individual phone calls beginning this week. 


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Congratulations to the 2024 If I Were Mayor….I Would Essay Contest Winners

This year’s fourth grade "If I Were Mayor I Would..." essay contest winners were able to capture the volunteer readers and finalist judges’ attention with their dynamic essays. Volunteer readers were enlightened with new ideas to take to their own municipalities, on how to better their Maryland communities, sometimes forgetting that the ideas came from a nine-year-old.

Please join us in congratulating the eleven winners of MML’s If I Were Mayor, I Would…essay contest, their teachers, and the municipalities they represent:

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Keynote Speaker Alert: Brandon P. Fleming: Speaker, Author, Educator

Get ready to be inspired at the Maryland Municipal League's Summer Conference with our keynote speaker, Brandon P. Fleming. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 25th, as Brandon takes the stage to deliver a message that will leave a lasting impact. 
  • Author of MISEDUCATED: A Memoir, his triumphant story of struggle, success, and service. 
  • Nationally acclaimed educator, and the mastermind behind the groundbreaking Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project 
  • Founder of the first Black pipeline program at Harvard, Fleming has made history by enrolling over 200 students of color into the university's summer debate residency on full scholarship. 
  • Recognized by Forbes 30 under 30 and The Root Magazine's list of the top 100 most influential African Americans, Fleming's story is one of triumph against adversity.  
Don't miss your chance to hear Brandon Fleming's powerful message at the Summer Conference. Register today and be a part of a transformative experience that will leave you motivated and empowered. 


  • Registrant must have or must create a profile to use registration system    
  • Only an organization’s MML Key Contact may register on behalf of another individual   
COST - May 31 
Full Registration-member 
Full Registration non-member 
Member w/Grad class 
Nonmember w/Grad class 
Municipal Staff Expo Day 
Before You Start:   

Please DO NOT create a new profile. If you cannot remember your login information contact MML. Only someone designated as KEY CONTACT can register other officials from their municipality. If "Register Linked Profile" does not show when attempting to register your officials, please contact 410-295-9100 for assistance/verification of your town's designated Key Contacts.  

Guest Package  

In line with our commitment to fostering meaningful connections, we are reminding you of the MML guest policyGuests only have access to meals, which includes lunch and receptions and excludes access to sessions, keynotes, et al.  

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MML Addressing Francis Scott Key Bridge Concerns

MML is keeping in close contact with the Moore Administration and relevant stakeholders regarding the Francis Scott Key Bridge tragedy. 

For any of our Bay coastal towns who have shoreline and debris concerns, please utilize the following hotline to report any washed up items likely from the incident to +1-410-205-6625.

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Now Accepting 2025 Legislative Action Requests

While the 2024 legislative session nears its conclusion Sine Die, it's never too early to start thinking about next year!

Is there a legislative matter that your municipality, chapter or department would like to see considered as an MML Legislative Priority for the 2025 Legislative session? Complete the 2025 Legislative Action Request (LAR) form by May 31.

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Municipal Budgeting Resources

April 2, 2024 

TO: MML Membership 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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#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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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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