Illegal Immigrants Start Maryland Driver’s License Process

Illegal immigrants can begin the process to get a Maryland driver’s license beginning Monday, Nov. 4, according to Philip Dacey, a spokesman for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. Under the Maryland Highway Safety Act, passed in early April, those residents who live in the state illegally are now eligible for a license, effective Jan. 1, 2014, that cannot be used for federal purposes like boarding a plane or entering a government building, Dacey said. (News-Post)

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Mount Airy Tables Ethics Ordinance

Instead of submitting another ordinance to the State Ethics Commission that would likely be rejected, the Mount Airy Town Council opted to table the ordinance until January. The state-mandated ethics ordinance has been a thorn in the town’s side for more than a year, with the Town Council disagreeing on how to implement a law council members say is too stringent. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Nov. 4 // Montgomery County Council Considers Bag-Tax Change

Montgomery County's bag tax might be in for some changes. The county's tax of five cents on any plastic bag given out at any store was designed to reduce the number of plastic bags in area waterways. Now, the county is considering restricting the bag tax to stores that sell mainly food. (WTOP)

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Montgomery County Leading The Charge In Electric Vehicles

Businesses across the county have been working to make it more convenient for the growing number of electric vehicle drivers to find a place to plug in and charge up, with about 15 percent of Maryland’s electric car charging stations now in Montgomery County. Montgomery County has been a target for charging station vendors in recent years. Second only to Baltimore city, Montgomery County has one of the highest number of charging stations in the state, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. (Gazette)

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Salisbury Revitalization Efforts Gain Steam

During the past four decades, start-and-stop efforts to revive the city’s downtown have yielded paltry results: a riverwalk that goes nowhere, a half-empty parking garage, a shelf’s worth of revitalization plans and little else. But a largely public-sector movement that got rolling after Mayor Jim Ireton’s first election has been gaining momentum in the wake of City Council elections in April that tipped the balance of power in his favor. The results are far from in, but this start shows no signs of stopping. (Daily Times)

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Inner Arbor Hires Landscape Designer For Symphony Woods

Landscape designer Martha Schwartz has been named by Inner Arbor Trust Inc., to be the lead designer for phase one of the project that will help transform Symphony Woods in downtown Columbia. The London resident and alumna of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design will work alongside Baltimore-based landscape architecture firm Mahan Rykiel Associates on landscaping the northern section of the park. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Eyes Expanding Wildlands

The call for the wild is being heard again across Maryland — though not everyone welcomes it. More than a decade after the last addition to the state's network of wildlands, Department of Natural Resources officials have proposed a major expansion of the legally protected wilderness areas, including a section of northwestern Baltimore County. They want to preserve from development, cars and even bicycles those spots that still harbor rare plants and animals, ancient trees and other remnants of what Maryland looked like before European settlers arrived nearly 400 years ago. (Balt. Sun)

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State Warns 1 Cent Storm Water Fee Is 'Insufficient'

Frederick County's 1 cent storm water fee could end up costing tens of thousands of dollars in fines, state environmental officials recently warned. A Maryland Department of the Environment review determined the county's fee would be "insufficient" to pay for the water cleanup efforts required by a state-enforced permit. (News-Post)

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