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Posted on: January 10, 2018

City Legislative Priorities: Aid for Schools, Seniors and Youth

Maryland General Assembly’s 90-Day Session Begins Today

Rockville, Maryland, Jan. 10 – Rockville’s 2018 state legislative priorities include calls for more state aid for school construction and for youth and senior services, and funding for improvements at the Rockville Senior Center.

Under priorities approved by the Mayor and Council and presented to the Montgomery County Delegation in November, the city will advocate for:
  • Increased school construction funding from the state to address overcrowded and aging school facilities in Rockville and across the 162,000-student county school system.
  • Enhanced senior programs and services to address transportation and recreation needs and other programs to help seniors age in place.
  • The preservation of funding that Rockville’s Community Services Division uses to provide services to at-risk youth, including after-school, mentoring and counseling programs.
  • A state bond bill to help fund a Rockville Senior Center modernization project. The project includes Americans with Disabilities Act-related improvements to the entrance and key parts of the facility.
  • Permanent restoration of municipal Highway User Revenue funding. The state provided one-time restorations in the aid, used for road maintenance and small infrastructure improvement projects, in each of the past five fiscal years.
  • Authority for state and local governments to deny Maryland Public Information Act requests for resident email addresses and phone numbers.
  • Protection of the authority of a municipality to assert local control over the siting and installation of small cellular antennas, or distributed antennae systems, and to impose a fee for permit review and rental of space in a municipal right of way.
The 2018 state legislative session begins today and runs through Monday, April 9 in Annapolis. For more details on these state legislative priorities, contact Linda Moran at lmoran@rockvillemd.gov or 240-314-8115.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Marylou Berg
Director of Communication
240-314-8105
mberg@rockvillemd.gov

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