Bel Air joining nationwide movement to sue opioid manufacturers

The Town of Bel Air is the latest local government in Maryland to join a nationwide movement to sue opioid manufacturers and distributors amid the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. The Board of Town Commissioners introduced and passed a resolution Monday evening authorizing a contingency fee retainer agreement with several law firms that are engaged in opioid litigation against drug manufacturers and distributors. (Aegis)

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State to expand prison tablet computer program

 

Maryland prisoners could soon have more access to tablet computers for electronic books. The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services announced Tuesday plans to expand a program started last year at two prisons. According to a department press release, the state will buy 47 tablet computers from a company called American Prison Data Systems for $50,000. (News-Post)

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County auditor removed, council cries foul as they hire her as contract consultant

When Jodee Dickinson showed up to work as Anne Arundel County auditor on July 10, she had no idea she resigned the night before. But shortly after she arrived, the county attorney — who had just read The Capital story on Dickinson’s confirmation — asked her pointedly: Had Dickinson taken the oath as Annapolis finance director? When Dickinson said yes, she was informed she had effectively resigned her county job and her email and badge access would be removed the next day. (Capital)

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Mobile home tax repeal proposal wins support from residents

Wielding signs that featured Rich Uncle Pennybags, the Monopoly game mascot, and the phrase “pay poor tax of $600,” residents came out Monday night to show support for a Howard County Council bill that would repeal the county’s tax on mobile home rental sites. The tax currently affects roughly 1,100 residents, who pay on average $45 per month, to live in what is otherwise considered affordable housing. (Ho. Co. Times)

 

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Offshore wind projects’ impact on fishing grounds discussed

After hearing a strong presentation on the potential impacts of offshore wind energy farms on fishing off the Ocean City coast and throughout the mid-Atlantic, resort officials this week seemed poised to strengthen their opposition to the proposed projects. Since the Maryland Public Service Commission over a year ago approved the leases for two wind energy projects off the coast, Ocean City officials have been in a prolonged battle with the two approved developers to site the massive turbines offshore by at least 26 miles, or a distance perceived to have them not visible from the shoreline. (Dispatch)

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Montgomery council reaches compromise on storm water

The Montgomery County Council reached a compromise Tuesday on the county’s storm water management plan, voting to approve a new contracting model while allowing for more council oversight of the work. The Department of Environmental Protection will consolidate designing, building and maintaining storm-water management systems under one contractor, rather than issuing multiple contracts for the work. (Wash. Post)

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Frederick County Council approves bikeways and trails plan

Dorothy Rust rides her bike to church on Sunday mornings, but she can’t ride it back. It’s only safe to cross U.S. 15 on a bike early on Sunday mornings, she said. So when church is over, she won’t ride back. “It’s too dangerous,” she told the County Council last week. “Traffic has become a huge hazard.” Rust hopes to see that change after the council passed a comprehensive bikeways and trails master plan by a 5-2 vote Tuesday evening. (News-Post)

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Arundel's Thomas Point lighthouse, Hammond-Harwood house each net $100,000 in historic preservation grants

Two historic sites in Anne Arundel County, the Hammond-Harwood house in Annapolis and the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, will each receive state-funded grants of $100,000 to help with preservation efforts. Gov. Larry Hogan announced the grants Tuesday, and officials said it’s the first time in nearly a decade the Maryland Historical Trust’s capital grants have been fully funded. (Balt. Sun)

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