Commissioners discuss prohibiting drones in Carroll

Concerned that drones could be flying over Carroll County, peering into houses and scoping out citizens, some members of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners are contemplating introducing a resolution expressing their feelings against surveillance from unmanned aerial vehicles. The Board of Commissioners spent 40 minutes Thursday learning about drones and speaking with a representative from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland about what it could do to discourage drone use in the county. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Election season politics infuse debate over Montgomery Co. collective bargaining bill

The 2014 Democratic primary is still nearly a year away, but Montgomery County’s election season appears to be in full flower. Take the recent debate over proposed changes in the law governing arbitrated collective bargaining agreements. (Wash. Post)

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Anne Arundel housing agencies plead for federal funding

Two of the largest housing agencies in Anne Arundel County are asking Congress to stop cutting county programs that help fund housing for low-income residents. The Anne Arundel Housing Commission and Annapolis Housing Authority hope Congress will pass a spending bill that will fund housing voucher programs. (Capital)

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Md. lawmakers change tune on gay marriage

Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act — and more recent efforts to amend the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage — underscores just how dramatically views on the divisive issue have changed in 17 years. When Congress voted by a wide margin in 1996 to pass the measure prohibiting the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage, all of Maryland's lawmakers — four Republicans and six Democrats — supported the proposal, which President Bill Clinton then signed into law. But the four members who still serve today cheered the act's downfall. (Balt. Sun)

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Leggett silent on labor dispute reform bill

He might have stood unyielding against labor when it came to effects bargaining, but Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett appears to be keeping his distance from a proposal to change how the county resolves labor disputes. Leggett’s silence has raised eyebrows among lawmakers in Rockville who have questioned his lack of a position on the issue when, months earlier, he blamed the system for all but tying his hands at the bargaining table in the latest round of wage discussions. (Gazette)

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Harford county executive pledges support for Edgewood community

Harford County Executive David Craig reaffirmed Wednesday the county's commitment to Edgewood, a community that has struggled over the years with a reputation for crime and poverty.The community has been rattled by several shootings, at least one fatal, in the past several weeks. (Aegis)

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Anne Arundel executive hires communications director

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman has hired her former public information officer as her new public information officer. Linda West started Monday as Anne Arundel County's director of communications. (Capital)

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Taneytown separates duties of clerk and treasurer

The Taneytown City Council adopted resolutions at its Monday meeting that separate the duties of the city clerk and treasurer. (Carroll Co. Times)

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