Havre de Grace council introduces anti-harrassment policy for elected, appointed leaders

An “anti-harassment, anti-discrimination, anti-intimidation policy” that would apply to elected officials and appointed members of boards, and commissions is under consideration by the Havre de Grace City Council. During its most recent meeting July 2, the council approved Resolution 2018-13, which sets out the new policy, including definitions and reporting procedures. Council members also voted to introduce Ordinance 1008, which if approved, would update the city’s ethics code to include the new policy. (Aegis)

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Bel Air achieves several milestones, seeks sustainable community recertification

The Town of Bel Air was recently honored as a “Banner City” and recognized as a platinum member for its participation in the HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic by the Maryland Municipal League. The town is also beginning the process to become recertified as a Maryland Sustainable Community, and its economic development director, Trish Heidenreich, has received a national designation as a Certified Economic Developer. (Aegis)

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Sportfishing group sues former executive director for fraud

The Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association is suing its former executive director for borrowing money in the association’s name for personal use, according to court records. The association is accusing former executive director David Smith of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. Smith allegedly took out loans, used a company credit card and abused association finances in excess of $100,000, according to court documents. The MSSA is a statewide fishing advocacy group that holds tournaments throughout the year. The 2018 spring tournament was canceled after the association learned of its financial troubles. (Balt. Sun)

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The sky is not the limit for new buildings in Mt. Vernon – at least not yet

Baltimore’s height limit policy for the Mt. Vernon historic district will remain in effect after city officials postponed a meeting today that could have led to relaxed restrictions. The Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) announced this afternoon that a previously scheduled meeting to consider revising the Mt. Vernon New Construction Guidelines, including height limits, had been postponed until the fall or later. CHAP chairman Tom Liebel said the hearing was postponed at the request of the Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association (MVBA) that represents neighborhood residents and businesses. (Brew)

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Post from iconic Ellicott City clock recovered after being swept away in May flooding

Firefighters on Monday found the post of an iconic Ellicott City clock that was lost during the town’s massive flood in May. It was the latest piece of the clock that volunteers and firefighters have been able to find. “Bit by bit we are recovering and preserving Main Street’s history and artifacts,” Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman wrote in a Facebook post. (Ho. Co. Times)

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July 10 // Maryland governor signs federal all-payer health contract

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a contract with the federal government to enact the state’s unique all-payer health care model. Hogan signed the five-year contract Monday with Seema Verma, who is the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Overall, the model aims to provide incentives in the state’s health care system to emphasize the quality of care over the quantity of care and focus on value rather than volume. (AP)

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Lawmakers demanding answers on MVA software snafu set Thursday hearing

Two key Maryland General Assembly committees will hold a joint hearing Thursday to consider the Motor Vehicle Administration's explanation of how a computer glitch failed to send more than 83,000 voter registration changes received by the agency to the State Board of Elections for processing. The MVA software snafu, revealed on the eve of the June 26 primary, meant that a yet-unknown number of voters had to use provisional ballots in the election. (Md. Matters)

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Baltimore City Council passes public financing charter amendment

Baltimore is one step closer to allowing public financing of local election campaigns. The City Council unanimously passed a charter amendment Monday that supporters say is designed to limit big money’s influence in Baltimore politics by offering candidates a way to leverage the money they raise in smaller amounts from citizens. The bill’s approval means the council has cleared a major hurdle in creating a “Fair Elections Fund” and a commission to control it. (Balt. Sun)

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