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State and Local Government Section Council Members Set for 2021 – 2022

By Frank JohnsonDeputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg Council members serve the Section primarily through their work on committees, including the Programs, Communications, Legislative, and Membership/Nominations Committees. Their work includes creating the annual State and Local Government Law Institute and other networking programs during the year, helping to establish this blog, and continuing to provideContinue reading “State and Local Government Section Council Members Set for 2021 – 2022”

Enforcement powers change for the Public Information Act Compliance Board

By Frank JohnsonDeputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg The General Assembly made some significant changes to the Public Information Act (Md. Code Ann., General Provisions, Sec. 4-101 et seq.) this year. First, as part of the changes related to police reform, Senate Bill 178 removed the confidentiality of certain police personnel records, now allowing disclosureContinue reading “Enforcement powers change for the Public Information Act Compliance Board”

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”

The Section’s Fall Institute 2020 had something for everyone

By Robert McFarlandAssistant attorney general, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Needless to say, what goes on in government agencies affects the private realm in one way or another. Many in our MSBA membership who practice in the private sector often interface with government agencies on behalf of their clients. We who advise government agencies workContinue reading “The Section’s Fall Institute 2020 had something for everyone”

Introducing the Maryland State and Local Government Law Blog

By Chris Mincher The Maryland State Bar Association State and Local Government Law Section is proud to unveil this blog, a forum — the first in the state, as far as we can tell — for commentary and news relevant to Maryland’s government practitioners. Authored by Section members (and the occasional special invited guest), theContinue reading “Introducing the Maryland State and Local Government Law Blog”


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