Takings Clause reach expands to limit land use and zoning regulation

By Frank JohnsonDeputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg The ability to control land use and zoning is a critical authority of state and local government, in Maryland and otherwise. The MSBA State and Local Government Law section, prior to its May 26 annual business meeting, hosted a presentation about the impact of the Fifth Amendment’sContinue reading “Takings Clause reach expands to limit land use and zoning regulation”

New law protects retired K-9s

By Frank JohnsonDeputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg The General Assembly this year focused on many bills addressing all elements of police reform. But SB 156 involves veterinary care costs for retired K9s. The bill, which the Governor signed, mandates that, as of July 1, 2021, state and local police forces cover the “reasonable andContinue reading “New law protects retired K-9s”

Section Council names new officers, members

By Frank JohnsonDeputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg We will this year have new leadership for the State and Local Government Section Council, including new officers and Section Council members. It’s been my pleasure to serve as Chair for the last few years, and I’m very happy to welcome Amanda Stakem Conn, WSSC Counsel, asContinue reading “Section Council names new officers, members”