News and CLPA Updates

Policy news and updates from news sources around the Washington Metropolitan Area, as well as updates, press releases, and analysis from CLPA.

 
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Comptroller Franchot's Statement About Proposal to Suspend Gas Tax

March 10, 2022

Comptroller Peter Franchot issued the following statement this evening after Gov. Larry Hogan and General Assembly leadership agreed to fast-track legislation that would suspend the state gas tax for one month.

"I’m elated that less than three hours after I called on the Governor and the legislature to enact a gas tax holiday, they worked together at lightning speed to agree on a one-month holiday. This is how government should work: putting aside political differences to deliver immediate results for the people that we serve.


"I congratulate the Governor, the Senate President, and the Speaker for working in a bipartisan fashion to provide immediate relief for Marylanders.


"However, I think we can – and we must – do more. The unfortunate reality is the economic whiplash at the gas pump resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine will be felt by Marylanders for more than 30 days. What’s more, with a $7.5 billion revenue surplus, we’re in a strong financial position to not only be able to provide a three-month gas tax holiday for our residents, but also provide much-needed assistance to Marylanders and businesses who continue to struggle from the economic consequences of COVID. That’s why I continue to renew my call for $2,000 emergency survival checks for low-wage earners; $500 million for child care providers; and $500 million for small businesses."

Link to the Comptroller's Press Release

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Prince Geroge's County Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Listening Session on February 1st.

January 25, 2022

On February 1st at 6:00 pm, Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks will host a listening session to hear the community's input on this fiscal year's budget.


Anyone who wants to testify during the session can do so by pre-registering online by the day of the session. All testimony is limited to 3 minutes per presenter and one speaker per organization. If you want to submit written testimony, it can be forwarded to OMB@co.pg.md.us. The budget listening session will be streamed on Zoom and streamed live to YouTube.

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Montgomery County is set to lift its indoor mask requirement tomorrow.

February 21, 2022

Montgomery County is set to lift its indoor mask requirement tomorrow. However, businesses and other organizations can continue to require customers or visitors to wear a mask in their establishments. The lifting of the indoor mandate from the Board of Health does not impact mask requirements in Montgomery County Public Schools.

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CLPA's County Council Vote Reports Published for PGC and MoCo Council

December 13, 2021

CLPA recently published the legislative reports for Prince George's County Council and the Montgomery County Council. More reports will be published for other legislative bodies in the Washington Metropolitan Area over the next few weeks. The legislative reports cover all legislation CLPA covered in 2021 that received a floor vote. In 2022, CLPA will continue to provide information regularly throughout the year.

  • Link to Prince George's County Vote Report

  • Link to Montgomery County Council Vote Report

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Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission Publishes Their Final Recommended ​Maps. Governor Hogan Responds

November 11, 2021

Last week the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission submitted their final maps for Congressional, State Senate and House of Delegates districts to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. Governor Hogan submitted the plan to the Maryland General Assembly without changes on November 5th.  Those maps can be found on the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission website at this link. Yesterday, Governor Hogan tweeted a statement in response to the release of the maps, which can be found here

CLPA will continue to provide updates on the progression of the proposed maps in the General Assembly as they become available.

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October 12, 2021

Forest Heights Mayor Habeeb-Ullah Muhammad, who served as Mayor from 2017-2021, tragically passed away on August 15th. As a result, tomorrow, October 13th, the City of Forest Heights will hold a Special Election to determine her successor. !

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October 8, 2021

The City Manager of Alexandria, Virginia, is an official appointed by the City Council and serves as the City’s Chief Administrative Officer. As Chief Administrative Officer, the City Manager is responsible for the daily operations of Alexandria City’s government. Among other responsibilities, the City Manager oversees the City’s budget and finances and appoints all of the City’s heads of department and employees

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October 5, 2021

If enacted, the Redefinition of Child Amendment Act would update DC Law so alleged crimes committed by Washingtonians under the age of 18 would be tried as juveniles in Family Court.

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October 1, 2021

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September 24, 2021

As the name would suggest, the Delegation is made up of policymakers currently serving in the Maryland General Assembly representing Montgomery County. The Delegation's primary role is to develop policy and advocate for Montgomery County's interests in Annapolis

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September 22, 2021

The Washington region is full of news junkies. But how many know what their local government is up to?

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September 10, 2021

In our first Institution Spotlight, CLPA highlights the Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The DCHD is responsible for administering entitlement programs with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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September 7, 2021

If passed, the bill would extend the prohibition on raising rents included in Expedited Bill 18-20, the COVID-19 Renter Relief Act, until one year after the expiration of the emergency.


Expedited Bill 30-21 would also prohibit charging late fees accrued during and one year after the crisis. 

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September 6, 2021

This week, the Center for Local Policy Analysis (CLPA) will begin its first in a series of weekly policy-related updates.

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Report: COVID-19 Policies for Public Schools in the Washington Metropolitan Area

September 1, 2021

Schools across the DC Metropolitan Area have begun to reopen for in-person learning for the first time since the pandemic began in 2020. Many may be confused about the policies put in place to protect both students and school staff from the still surging coronavirus. CLPA has pulled the most frequently requested sections from the COVID-19 policies from select school systems around the DC Metropolitan Area (that were publically available) and compiled them in one place.

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Analysis: 2021 Local Criminal Justice Legislation in Washington DC and Maryland

August 26, 2021

As September approaches and legislative bodies across the Washington Metropolitan Area prepare to return from recess, CLPA is highlighting criminal justice reform bills that have either already passed or are still in committee being debated. Many of these bills are a response to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and ongoing call for police reform nationwide.

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D.C. Council approves final vote on city budget

August 10, 2021

(Washington Post) The D.C. Council passed a final vote on the city’s 2022 budget Tuesday, but not without some last-minute debate and changes — notably, an amendment that would significantly boost monthly tax credits for low-income families in the coming years.

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Infographic: How a Bill Becomes a Law (DC Council Edition)

August 4, 2021

Here is a useful infographic from CLPA which walks through how laws are made in Washington, DC.

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Analysis: 2021 Housing Legislation in the Prince George’s County Council

August 3, 2021

As of today, there have been three bills related to housing in the Prince George's County Council this year. Two of those bills have already been enacted, and one is still in committee. All three bills will have an impact on housing in the County. Here is a quick snapshot of each bill. Links to the bill text and other relevant documents are provided.

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Washington, DC mask mandate to go into effect at 5:00 am on July 31st

July 30, 2021

Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that on Saturday, July 31 at 5:00 a.m., all people over the age of two must wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. See the link below for the recent Situational Update from Washington, DC Mayor Bowser.

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July 21, 2021

During its July meeting, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) approved a resolution to add the proposed I-270/I-495 HOT (high-occupancy toll) lanes project back into its air quality analysis, a federally-required step for regionally-significant projects to move forward.

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July 1,2021

This week, the County broke ground on six new schools that will all open in two years. While there has been some community opposition to this effort, most notably at the K-8 Academy in Fort Washington, but we have worked with the community to address those concerns, particularly around flooding.

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June 28, 2021

Angela D. Alsobrooks, the leader of one of the most powerful majority-Black communities in the country, has said that amid this national racial-justice reckoning, she wants her county to be a model for police reform.

She hired a new chiefassembled a police reform work groupinvested in mental health services and paid a historic settlement of $20 million to the family of a man killed by an officer in the Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland.

But behind the scenes, her administration has been vigorously fighting an attempt by some of its own officers to hold that same police department accountable in court — and in the process has authorized the spending of at least $17.6 million of taxpayer money, according to invoices obtained through a records request and reviewed by The Washington Post.

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June 19, 2021

President Biden signs bill into law and releases proclamation making Juneteeth a national holiday

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June 14, 2021

Also on June 15: Introduction of supplemental appropriations for costs incurred for emergency COVID-19 response and a vote is expected on a resolution in support of the Open Streets program

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May 18, 2021

The Prince George’s County Council, during a virtual session on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, unanimously voted to authorize the signature of Council Chair Calvin S. Hawkins, II, on a Joint Letter with County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, addressed to Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Gregory Slater, and  Federal Railroad Administration Acting Administrator Amit Bose, recommending the ‘NO BUILD’ Option for the Baltimore-Washington Superconducting Maglev (SCMAGLEV) Project.

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April 07, 2021

One of the most attention-getting votes involved the consideration of a measure that would have authorized the Mayor to exercise her eminent domain authority to seize the site of a proposed halfway house, and instead use the land for an urban park. While the measure failed in a divided vote, what is lost in simply examining the yeas and nays were the takes, expected and unexpected, that the councilmembers had on the topic.

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Alexandria City Council Sets Potential Range for 2021 Real Estate Tax Rate

March  11, 2021

(City of Alexandria Government) On March 9, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to consider a 2021 calendar year real estate tax rate of up to $1.13 per $100 of assessed value. The real estate tax rate City Council eventually adopts could be lower or the same as the current rate of $1.13, but cannot be higher. No increase will be considered for the tax rates on personal property (vehicles) or business tangible property.

A decision has not yet been made about the adopted tax rates. City Council will adopt final rates in conjunction with adoption of the FY 2022 budget on May 5. A virtual public hearing on the ordinance establishing the real estate tax rate will be held on Saturday, April 17, at 9:30 a.m. 

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Teachers, parents weigh in on DC Public Schools teacher retention and funding

March  9, 2021

(WTOP) Teachers and parents are sounding off to the D.C. Council about their needs and expectations from D.C. Public Schools as the challenges of learning through the pandemic continue.


Of the nearly 200 residents testifying during a D.C. Council Oversight hearing, parent Elizabeth Mitchell echoed the desire to see the city’s budget fully support school need

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Alexandria City Council appoints interim District 4 council member, delays vote on adding bike lanes (KALB-TV)

March 9, 2021

(KALB-TV) The Alexandria City Council unanimously voted to appoint local attorney Catherine Davidson to fill the vacancy for the District 4 council position. Davidson will be replacing Harry Silver, who announced his retirement from the seat last month. Silver held the position on the council since 2005 and had just turned 99 years old when he stepped down.