Politics

Federal judge grants injunction against Baltimore County redistricting map

TOWSON, MD—In the federal court challenge to Baltimore County’s redistricting plan, brought by several local civil rights organizations, federal judge Lydia Kay Griggsby on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the County’s plan. The judge has ordered officials to submit a new plan that complies with the Voting Rights Act by March 8th. Maryland Matters reports that the …


Business, Education

Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission named for 2021-2025 term

TOWSON, MD—The Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission has been named for the 2021-2025 term. The 19 commission members serve four-year terms and are chosen to “reflect the rich cultural, geographic, ethnic, and racial diversity of Baltimore County.” In accordance with the Maryland Educational Code, eight members — one from each legislative district — are appointed by the governor, in …


Olszewski announces Baltimore County Fair Election Fund Work Group

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Tuesday announced the creation of the Fair Election Fund Work Group, which will make recommendations to the Baltimore County Council on the creation and implementation of a public financing system for candidates running for county council and county executive in the 2026 election cycle. Establishing a Fair Election Fund is a key priority …

Diverse coalition supports Councilman Marks’ Adequate Facilities Ordinance

PERRY HALL, MD—Organizations representing Baltimore County’s educators, principals, and homebuilders all submitted testimony supporting legislation sponsored by Baltimore County Councilman David Marks that would review the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance. The League of Women Voters also submitted a letter of support. The ordinance regulates development in school districts. Councilman Marks has argued that the ordinance needs to be reformed to …

Councilman Marks introduces bill to look at Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance

PERRY HALL, MD—Baltimore County Councilman David Marks will introduce legislation to update the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, the statute designed to govern development in school districts. The bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Councilmembers Izzy Patoka and Wade Kach, would establish a task force to look at changes to the APFO. The task force would include representatives from the Board of Education, …