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MML coming to Hagerstown

Members to approve 2013 legislative agenda, attend educational workshops

September 23, 2012

Mayors, council members and other municipal leaders from across Maryland will gather in Hagerstown Oct. 4 to 6 for the annual fall conference of the Maryland Municipal League, or MML.

Highlights of the 2012 MML fall conference will include the presentation of the first Sustainable Maryland Certified luncheon/awards, which will honor the first municipalities to have earned the certification; two days of educational workshops and forums; meetings of the Maryland Mayors Association and other committees; and the legislative agenda discussion and approval, according to an emailed release.

The league’s 2013 legislative agenda will drive the direction of the municipalities’ advocacy efforts in the Maryland General Assembly.

Restoration to municipalities of highway-user revenues, which have been slashed in the state budget over the past four years, likely will continue to be MML’s top legislative priority, based on a recent recommendation of the league’s Legislative Committee, the release says.

The State of Maryland’s diversion of funds for highway-user revenues in recent years, to help balance the state’s general fund budget, has left cities and towns unable to support many of their most essential transportation projects, according to the release.

Also high on MML’s legislative agenda will be restoration of local police aid, as state funds to support municipal police departments also has been dramatically slashed for several years, the release says.

The conference will be held at the Clarion Hotel and Hager Hall Conference Center in Hagerstown.

More information, including a complete agenda and registration details, is available at www.mdmunicipal.org.

The Maryland Municipal League, at the Phipps Municipal Center in Annapolis, was founded in 1936, and represents 157 municipal governments and two special taxing districts throughout the state of Maryland.

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