Baltimore City council passes short-term rental bill

Baltimore City Council passed a bill Thursday night to regulate short-term rentals such as Air BnB. The bill makes all short-term rental homes pay 9.5% hotel tax and regulations that Air BnB and hotels have. The bill also makes it so short-term rental hosts can only do business at one home at a time. Councilman Eric Costello says they've been working on the bill for 2 years and it's about protecting neighborhoods. (WMAR-TV)

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A long-time insider reflects after almost 40 years in Montgomery County government

For most of the past three decades, Tim Firestine has been one of the most influential figures in county government—as finance director under county executives Neal Potter and Doug Duncan, and then, for the past 12 years, second in command to County Executive Ike Leggett as chief administrative officer. This past Monday, Firestine, who resides in Darnestown with his wife and three sons, retired after handing off the county’s highest paid position to Andrew Kleine. As he prepared to leave office last week, Firestine, 63, took time out for an extended conversation on his career. (Bethesda)

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Montgomery Officials Ponder Ways to Put Brakes on Hogan Beltway Plan

Montgomery County leaders may be seeking more say over a proposal by Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R). Hours after the new Montgomery County executive made an off-handed remark this week about opposing Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s proposal to widen the Capital Beltway, county officials began debating legislation that could give them more say about whether Hogan’s plan will ever come to fruition. (Md. Matters)

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Montgomery County Council members supportive of ‘don’t block the box’ legislation

The Montgomery County Council members Tuesday voiced support for a bill sponsored by state Del. Al Carr that would make it illegal for drivers in Montgomery County to block an intersection after a light has turned red in the event of a backup. If passed, police officers would be able to issue citations to drivers at intersections with notifications of the law. The bill includes exceptions that allow drivers to make a right turn on red, or a left turn from a one-way street onto another one-way street. (Bethesda)

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Pittman promises changes to Anne Arundel development plan citizen advisory committee

County Executive Steuart Pittman announced Wednesday planned changes to the General Development Plan Citizens Advisory Committee, but he did not provide any specifics on who may be asked to step down. Pittman addressed the committee for about 10 to 15 minutes. Planned changes include less emphasis on developers and builders and increasing geographic diversity by adding members from lesser represented areas of the county. (Capital)

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Osterreicher takes oath of office as Circuit Court Judge for Carroll County

In a packed courtroom in the Carroll County Circuit Court’s historic courthouse, Maria Oesterreicher placed her hand on her very first Children’s Living Bible as she took her oath of office from Clerk of Court Heather DeWees to become a judge of the Circuit Court of Carroll County — and the first female judge in the court’s history. Afterward, she embraced her son and her parents. They helped her put on the pressed black robe of her office before she took a seat on the bench between Judge Thomas Stansfield and Judge Fred Hecker. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Harford County Council begins term with new president, three new members

One day after their inauguration, members of the Harford County Council took part in their first legislative session Tuesday. Council President Patrick Vincenti, elected to his first term leading the seven-member council, presided over a meeting in Bel Air that was brief on major issues, but highlighted by members expressing thanks and hope for the future. (Aegis)

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New Wicomico council sworn in; Cannon, Dodd named leaders

Five incumbents and two new members were sworn in to the Wicomico County Council this week following the recognition of two departing councilmen. At the start of Tuesday’s meeting, Councilmen Matt Holloway and John Hall said their farewells to county leaders and citizens as they stepped down from their positions on the council. Both chose not to run for re-election in November. (Dispatch)

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