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  • Will You Be Part Of The Plan?

    In May of last year, the county council passed a resolution (18-17) urging the county executive and the Office of Planning and Zoning to begin the comprehensive review of the county’s 2019 General Development Plan (GDP) during 2017. This amounted to a “jumpstart” of the planning...
  • Changes For Our Chambers Of Commerce

    Anne Arundel County has been blessed with a number of vibrant, active chambers of commerce that represent the interests of small business owners at the state and local level. The success of these chambers is a direct result of the effective leadership of their executive directors. The last two...
  • Fighting The Opioid Epidemic

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, opioid overdoses kill five Americans every hour. In 2016, and again in 2017, more Americans died from opioid-related overdoses than died than in car crashes, by gun violence, during the peak year of the AIDS epidemic, or during the entire Vietnam War....
  • Four Pieces Of Legislation On Gun Control

    One of the most important issues facing governments of all levels is gun control. Just recently, our state had a school shooting in St. Mary’s County where one student was wounded and two were fatally wounded. Every year in the Maryland General Assembly, lawmakers submit “gun bills...
  • News From The Statehouse

    The spring lull in Maryland politics is cancelled this year. Elections are coming. The General Assembly ends on April 9. The usual break in politics will be delayed as everyone rushes back to their districts to begin battling to earn another four years in office, starting with the June 26 primary...
  • Tax Time

    We’re coming down to the wire before the April 17 tax filing deadline, so for all you procrastinators out there, I wanted to send a few reminders and provide a couple updates. First, the above date is not a mistake. The reason you have two extra days to file is because April 15 is a Sunday...
  • Advocate, Educate, Accept, Love

    Throughout April, the Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Office will participate in National Autism Awareness Month. Autism and Asperger syndrome have directly touched many members of our agency, and we stand together to educate ourselves and our community so that we may all be the best possible...
  • End Gerrymaryland

    Look, it's a Rorschach blot! It's a crazy quilt! It's a constipated dragon! It's definitely not Superman. It's a map of Maryland's congressional districts. This year, I brought the fight against congressional gerrymandering back to the General Assembly, introducing House...
  • A Freeze On Development

    Anne Arundel County is a wonderful place, which is why more people want to come here to live and work. However, an increasing population puts stress on our schools, roads and public safety. To manage these stresses, our administration is committed to smart growth in areas with adequate...
  • Radical Changes To Our School Safety Plan

    As our country scratches and claws for answers to protect our children in schools, I have offered a five-point plan to help minimize armed threats. The Anne Arundel County Police Department and our public school system have done an outstanding job with the minimal resources at their disposal, but...
  • Righting The Wrongs Of The “Slots For Tots” Promise

    Back in 2007, I was still getting used to my new position as comptroller when momentum to legalize slot machine gambling intensified. It was the depth of the recession, the state had a huge budget hole and lawmakers were desperate for more revenue to plug the gap. So, after years of rebuffing the...
  • “Slots For Tots” Vs. The Commitment To Education Act

    “Slots for Tots” was a cute slogan for a referendum item on the 2008 General Election ballot. That item would allow video lottery terminals in newly built Maryland casinos, with proceeds from the slots to benefit Maryland public schools. Here’s a little refresher on how this...
  • Schallheim Announces Board Of Ed CandidacyExclusive

    Dana Schallheim has a 30-year history of volunteer work and serving her community, experience that she hopes to bring to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education as a representative for District 5. Her advocacy work ranges from social justice to helping children in need and repairing the...
  • Farewell, Marjorie Holt

    Our county lost a legend recently. Former Rep. Marjorie Holt was an icon whose legacy continues to reverberate here in Anne Arundel County. For 14 years, she diligently served the Fourth District with honor and distinction, worked shamelessly across the aisle, and cared deeply for Maryland and...
  • News From The State House

    Noting the near-universal American pastime of complaining about taxes, I have been surprised at the level of ingratitude that has accompanied the federal tax cuts in December. Maryland politicians have repeatedly spoken of the need to protect the state from the “impact of the cuts,” as...
  • Frederick Douglass

    Maryland has an incredibly rich African-American history, which is now being recognized after so many centuries of being ignored. This year, we have the honor of celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of noted abolitionist, preacher, orator and statesman Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass...
  • What Federal Tax Reform Means For Maryland

    When Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December, it left many unanswered questions. Who will benefit? Who will be harmed? Will corporate tax relief really boost the economy and have trickle-down effects, despite past failures? Will tax bills go down for the long haul or will it be...
  • Sheriff’s Office Partners with Chesapeake K-9 Fund

    A little over a year ago, board members of the Chesapeake K-9 Fund reached out to my agency to see if they could help in the purchase of K-9 equipment for our unit. You see, the Chesapeake K-9 Fund is the brainchild of Wendy Oliver, a wonderful woman whose energy, optimism and unbridled enthusiasm...
  • Reforming Maryland’s Dysfunctional Beer Industry

    After witnessing the damaging effects of House Bill 1283’s passage in the 2017 legislative session, I convened a 40-member task force that held public, live-streamed meetings across our state. The goal of our “Reform on Tap” effort is simple: to remove statutory and regulatory...
  • Breaking Ground On A New Police Academy

    Every month in Anne Arundel County, it seems as though we are breaking ground on a wonderful new asset that will help our jurisdiction reach its full potential. In fact, over the past year alone, we have broken ground on a new Crofton High School, three new elementary schools, and a host of park...
  • Maryland Adopts New Law Regarding Smoke Alarms

    The January 1 implementation of the Maryland smoke-alarm law has generated many citizen inquiries. The following information regarding Maryland law is provided to assist with answering questions. Fire department personnel are frequently the only smoke-alarm “experts” the general public...
  • Making A Historical Promotion

    It’s not every day that you can become a part of history, but in December, Jennifer Gilbert-Duran did so. Last month, I had the honor, privilege and pleasure to promote Lieutenant Jennifer Gilbert-Duran to the rank of captain. As a captain, she is the highest-ranking sworn female ever in the...
  • SPHS To Host Not My Child

    Not My Child, Anne Arundel County’s heroin-awareness program, will be held at Severna Park High School on Tuesday, January 16, at 7:00pm in the auditorium. Not My Child is focused on generating awareness by providing the facts of abuse of prescription drugs and the escalation of heroin use...
  • How Does The County Handle Snow?

    The Bureau of Highways is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the traveling public while providing timely service to citizen and business communities during inclement weather by planning and executing winter operation activities on more than 6,700 county-maintained roads and streets. Getting Ready...
  • What Water Independence Means For Our County

    Recently, we celebrated a historic milestone for Anne Arundel County: water independence. Now, as a result of these infrastructure upgrades, county government can directly supply every resident on public water with top-grade county-treated water. This landmark breakthrough is yet another example...

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