As the state increases restrictions on guns, Anne Arundel County is considering a bill that would legalize electronic control devices.
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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Council Chairman Jerry Walker, sponsor of a more radical plan, cast the lone nay vote.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Residents of the western portion of Anne Arundel County could find themselves with new representation under a redistricting proposal being considered next week by the County Council.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Laura Neuman said she will make Anne Arundel County a leader in Maryland.
Anne Arundel's new county executive, Laura Neuman, was sworn into office on Friday morning at the county courthouse in the company of her family. Neuman recited the words that formalized her office, while standing next to her daughter, Avery, and son, Alex—who both beamed and waved for the cameras. After the ceremony, Neuman laid out a portion of her plans as executive. "We will be a leader in the state, and I look forward to meeting that effort. We will restore confidence in the executive branch of government in Anne Arundel County," she said. "I am truly honored to have this opportunity. Thank you." Neuman assumed the office of county executive almost exactly 12 hours after Thursday night's County Council meeting, where she received the …
The chief executive officer of Howard County’s Economic Development Authority will be sworn into office at 10 a.m. Friday in Annapolis.
UPDATE (11:45 a.m.)—Laura Neuman, who was selected to be the new county executive, was greeted with a rush of applause moments after she received a majority vote Thursday from the Anne Arundel County Council. Neuman, 46, is a native of Anne Arundel County and the CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority. She gave a rousing speech during her interview with council members on Thursday night, laying her whole life bare—her trials and successes in making her own way in the world. Neuman earned a master's in business administration without a high school diploma or undergraduate degree, worked at T. Rowe Price, and Hilton Hotels before earning a name for herself in Maryland. "It is truly an honor to serve," Neuman said after she …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Comptroller Peter Franchot visited the school Thursday to assess its new roof and a need for expansion.
Comptroller Peter Franchot visited Glen Burnie Park Elementary School on Thursday morning to tour the school and assess its needs, after the Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $270,000 to help replace the school's roof. The school, built in 1962, was renovated in 1992 and 2007, but the roof had been only patched together for repairs until it was replaced in 2012, according to Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) spokesperson Bob Mosier. "This is my favorite school system in the state," Franchot said once he walked in the doors at Glen Burnie Park Elementary. "It has a history of frugality." Franchot's visit comes as the Anne Arundel County Council prepares for consideration of a more than $1 billion budget request from…
One school board member cast a dissenting vote, saying she could not recommend a budget amount that would ultimately be rejected by the Anne Arundel County Council.
Friday, February 15, 2013
The Anne Arundel County Council will interview applicants and make a selection on Feb. 21.
There were zero on Wednesday and five on Thursday, but by the noon deadline on Friday, 16 candidates had filled out applications to be the next Anne Arundel county executive. The following list of applicants was provided by Anne Arundel County Council's administrative officer Elizabeth Jones: Five of the candidates were at a forum in Odenton on Thursday night, and Patch has video footage of each making their pitch for the position. The council is scheduled to interview applicants and select a new county executive at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21. The meeting is open to the public and will be broadcast live. For information on your local government channel, check the Anne Arundel County website.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Anne Arundel County Attorney received an opinion that the county's charter disqualifies council members from being appointed county executive.
In the wake of former County Executive John Leopold's resignation, two Anne Arundel County Council members expressed interest in a bid for the seat, but attorneys familiar with charter legislation say the county's charter makes the council members ineligible. After council members John Grasso (R–District 2) and Jerry Walker (R–District 7) expressed interest in putting their name in the running, County Attorney John Hodgson requested an opinion on behalf of the county from Rosenberg, Martin Greenberg LLP, as to whether they are eligible to be appointed to the office. Andrew H. Baida, an attorney for the law firm, cited several county and state rulings that suggest this section of the county charter makes current council members ineligible: …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The council is set to appoint the next executive on Feb. 21.
As of Wednesday, there have been no applications submitted for the open county executive position, and the deadline for application is Friday. But a handful of local politicians have their eyes on the seat. The Anne Arundel County Council is set to select a successor for former county executive John R. Leopold later this month. Leopold resigned on Feb. 1, shortly after he was found guilty of two counts of misconduct in office. Since then, Leopold's Chief Administrative Officer John Hammond has been serving as executive. Leopold's term was set to expire in 2014. The person appointed by the council later this month would only serve out the remainder of Leopold’s term, and an election in 2014 would choose the next executive. Candidates must …