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Montgomery County: A majority of the PHED Committee reaffirmed support for a $6 rental license fee increase at its recent April 26 worksession....

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Montgomery County: Changes to Fire Code Compliance, Operational permits and Fire System Licenses. As a result of the transfer of fire protection...

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AOBA invites members to a meeting with Adam Ortiz, the new Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Director. Members with...

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AOBA members are invited to meet with the new Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) Acting director on January 30 at 10:00am. The...

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The interest rate payable on residential security deposits in Maryland will increase to 2.6 percent for amounts accruing during calendar year 2019....

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AOBA organized a “Meet and Greet” with the incoming Montgomery County council freshmen and At Large winners of the Democratic primary on...

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The Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee pulled the proposed recordation tax increase bill, Bill 10-17 Recordation Tax - Rates –...

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New Maryland state legislation became effective Oct. 1 that will phase-in changes for witnessing of elevator safety tests. HB 1107 , enacted at the...

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The WSSC Commissioners voted to adopt a new rate structure that beginning July 1, 2019 will dramatically change the way that customers are billed...

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The County’s effort to modernize and update its 50-year old zoning law and subdivision regulations stumbled out of the starting gate, as...

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Members Are Invited to: MONTGOMERY COUNTY EXECUTIVE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FORUM & ECONOMIC INDICATORS PRESENTATION Friday, April 27, 2018 | 8:00...

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After 90 days and 3,100 bills, the Maryland General Assembly ended a successful 2018 legislative session for AOBA members. Much of AOBA’s...

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A work group of the Maryland State Fire Prevention Commission has been meeting monthly since February to review the adequacy of the State Fire Code...

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The Maryland General Assembly has limited time remaining in its 2018 session, and AOBA has been successful in defeating several pieces of...

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Many AOBA members with residential rental properties in Prince George’s County learned over the past month that a large number of failure to...

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AOBA has learned that the Maryland Department of the Environment plans to change procedures and reduce penalties for late-filed annual lead...

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The Maryland General Assembly has overridden Governor Hogan’s veto of legislation that will require employers to provide paid sick leave. HB...

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The interest rate payable on residential security deposits in Maryland will increase to 1.83 percent for amounts accruing during calendar year 2018....

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State Are You Ready for April 1st Carbon Monoxide Alarm Mandate? AOBA members with Maryland residential rental properties are reminded that...

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Montgomery County’s Department of Permiting Services (DPS) has scheduled a Dec. 18 open house for stakeholders to learn more about the ...

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The Prince George’s County Council held the final meeting of its 2017 legislative year on November 14. Final action was taken on several...

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The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is providing the FY18 Commercial & Industrial Grant Program to support improving the energy efficiency...

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Maryland State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci is proposing revisions to the State Fire Code that would require owners of multifamily residential...

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Four bills of importance to AOBA members were filed recently with the Prince George’s County Council. It is likely that AOBA will take...

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NOW AVAILABLE - Form for New Posting Requirement for Housing Providers. As of June 10, all housing providers must display in the lobby, vestibule,...

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As of June 10, all housing providers must display in the lobby, vestibule, rental office, or other prominent public place on the premises, a sign in...

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has vetoed legislation that would have required all Maryland employers to offer sick leave benefits to their...

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AOBA sent a letter to Montgomery County Council members strongly opposing Montgomery County Bill 10-17 Recordation Tax - Rates – Amendments,...

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After 90 days and 2,800 bills, the Maryland General Assembly ended a successful 2017 legislative session for AOBA members. Much of AOBA’s...

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AOBA has scheduled a meeting with its members and the staff of the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office for Thursday, April 20, 2017...

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With three weeks remaining in the Maryland General Assembly session, two bills harmful to AOBA members have passed the House and will be assigned to...

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The Maryland Senate and House have passed differing versions of legislation (HB 1 / SB 230) to require employers to provide paid sick leave. The...

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Montgomery County, Maryland Announces 2017 Voluntary Rent Guideline as 1.8% Montgomery County’s County Executive Ike Leggett recently...

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SB 230 and HB 1 are advancing in the Maryland General Assembly’s effort to enact a state sick leave mandate for employers this session. HB 1...

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The Prince George’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Addressing the Structural Deficit recently briefed the County Council on its recommendations for...

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The interest rate payable on residential security deposits in Maryland will remain at 1.5 percent for calendar year 2017. Changes to state law in...

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Prince George Council Member Derrick Leon Davis (D, District-6) was unanimously elected to serve a second year as Chair of the Prince George’s...

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AOBA Opposes Bill No: MC/PG 101-17 – WSSC Service Rates; Members Urged to Take Action This bill would authorize the Washington Suburban...

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The Montgomery and Prince George’s County Councils have taken preliminary actions to limit water and sewer rate increases to no more than 3.5%...

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On Sept. 23 at 10:00am in Bethesda, the Office of Human Rights (OHR), the agency charged with administering the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Law ,will...

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State Courts May Review Evictions in Federally-Subsidized Housing The Maryland Court of Special Appeals recently held that state courts may review...

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The Prince George’s County Council is laying the groundwork for a major study that could shape County housing policies in upcoming decades....

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The Montgomery and Prince George’s County Councils have approved usage rate and fee increases for WSSC, effective for July 1, 2016. The...

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AOBA staff met recently with State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci to get his interpretation of state legislation that will require the installation of...

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The Prince George’s County Council will have a Town Hall meeting Tuesday, July 12 from 7-9 p.m. at the Eleanor Roosevelt High School...

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Per his FY 2017 budget recommendation, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has asked his Economic Advisory Group to lead a “Regulatory...

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The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is focusing current enforcement efforts on the work of lead paint abatement and inspection...

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Reminder: Certain senior housing in Prince George’s County must offer two-year leases to tenants starting June 1. Last fall the Prince...

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The Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) may refuse to renew rental licenses for multifamily...

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The Transportation, Housing and Environment Committee of the Prince George’s County Council has unanimously approved usage rate and fee...

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Reminder for Members with Rental Property in Montgomery County: April 30 is the deadline for reporting required data as part of the Department of...

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The Maryland General Assembly ended its 2016 session on April 11 with several wins for AOBA members. Click here to download the 2016 Legislative...

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Montgomery County’s County Executive Isiah Leggett released his proposed FY17 budget on March 15. Notably, the proposed budget includes a real...

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AOBA was joined by other property management organizations in opposition to SB 1165, which would require a state inspector or third-party qualified...

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Amendments backed by AOBA have been adopted by a key House committee that will change a bill that would have banned RUBS charges for water and sewer...

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AOBA staff and members have testified in opposition to Maryland state legislation that would double the maximum surcharge that could be charged to...

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The Maryland General Assembly is considering a high volume of bills as it passes the midpoint of its 90 day session. AOBA’s government affairs...

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Tax cuts and Maryland are not often words spoken in the same sentence. However, this session holds out the hope that there may be room for some...

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Prince George’s County Council Chair Derrick L. Davis has announced the leadership and members of the following committees: · Public...

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The Maryland General Assembly opens its 2016 session on Jan. 13, with bill drafters already busy at work. There have been 179 bills pre-filed, with...

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The interest rate payable on residential security deposits in Maryland will remain at 1.5 percent for calendar year 2016. Changes to state law in...

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Council Member Derrick Leon Davis (D, District-6) was elected as Chair of the Prince George’s County Council at its Dec. 1 meeting. Davis is...

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Changes adopted by the Montgomery County Council earlier this summer, Bill 17-15 Motor Vehicle Towing and Immobilization on Private Property, took...

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The fiscal year 2017 budget limit for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is currently under review by the Montgomery and Prince...

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Growing balances in the State’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund will trigger lower tax rates for employers in 2016. Since most employers pay...

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It appears that legislation (CB-96-2015) to mandate security cameras at multifamily rental facilities will not be enacted this legislative session....

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On a 3 to 2 vote, a committee of the Prince George’s County Council tabled legislation that would have required all employers to offer sick...

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Congratulations to the AOBA Member Benchmarking Early Birds! Congratulations to the following AOBA member companies that were recently recognized...

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Witnesses are needed to help offer opposing testimony this Thursday morning on legislation that would implement Prince George’s County’s...

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The 2014 Annual Surveillance Report of childhood blood lead found continued low levels of Maryland children poisoned by lead. Of 109,031 children...

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AOBA members recently met with Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin and key members of his evictions staff to discuss ways to improve the...

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The State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is circulating draft regulations that would significantly expand the number of children who are...

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The Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) issued a notice July 9 to all owners of multifamily...

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Recently introduced Prince George’s County Council legislation would impose rent control for certain senior tenants. CB-59-2015, introduced by...

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Legislation has been introduced to the Prince George’s County Council that would impose rent control for certain senior tenants. CB-59-2015,...

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan agreed to move ahead with the Purple Line light rail project, while leaving questions about financing the scaled back...

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Legislation has been filed with the Prince George’s County Council that would alter the basis for computing fire inspection fees for...

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The cost to file a summary ejectment complaint in the Maryland District Court will increase by $3, effective July 1. HB 54 , enacted at the 2015...

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AOBA has scheduled a meeting at 9:00am on Wednesday, June 24 with staff of the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office to review...

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When school is out, many kids who rely on school for their meals need a place to eat. Share our Strength, a non-profit organization dedicated to...

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The Montgomery and Prince George’s County Councils approved a $1.4 billion capital and operating budget for WSSC that includes a one percent...

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The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Maryland income tax law that prohibits Maryland residents from deducting from county piggyback income taxes any...

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Legislation introduced on behalf of County Executive Rushern Baker would increase dozens of fees collected by the Department of Permitting,...

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Now is the time to share concerns with the Prince George’s County Council regarding proposed tax and fee increases in the FY 2016 County...

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On May 13, the full Montgomery County Council voted against a proposed reduction to the fuel/energy tax. AOBA's testified on a resolution to amend...

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After 90 days and 2,200 bills, the Maryland General Assembly ended its 2015 legislative session with several wins for AOBA members. Much of...

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AOBA joined the Maryland Multi-Housing Association in opposing state legislation that would impose a $3 surcharge on each summary ejectment case...

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AOBA-backed legislation to correct key provisions in Maryland’s security deposit interest law appears headed to enactment. The Senate had...

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Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker has announced $133 million in proposed tax and revenue increases as part of his FY 2016 budget,...

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Maryland's House Environment and Transportation Committee unanimously defeated legislation that would have required owners of multifamily...

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After a slow start, the Maryland General Assembly has accelerated through the mid point of its 90 day session. AOBA’s government affairs team...

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A recent report by the State Office of Legislative Audits criticized the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) for inadequate oversight and...

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The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has proposed a $1.4 billion budget for fiscal year 2016 that would increase overall spending by...

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Snow fell and bands played as Annapolis welcomed the inauguration of Larry Hogan as Maryland’s 62nd Governor. Hundreds of legislators,...

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The Maryland General Assembly opens its 2015 session on Jan. 14 with a 40 percent turnover in House membership and a 20 percent turnover in the...

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Several new laws enacted by state and local governments that will have significant impacts on AOBA members become effective in January of 2015....

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The State of Maryland’s estimated general fund revenues have been reduced by another $123 million for the current year and $148 million for...

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Current Council Chair Mel Franklin was elected for a second year as Chair of the Prince George’s County Council by a unanimous vote of the...

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Legislation that will limit how and when employers in Prince George’s County may conduct criminal background checks of prospective employees...

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Significant changes to State and Prince George’s County law will alter the rate of interest payable on residential security deposits effective...

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In a shocking upset, Republican Larry Hogan defeated Lt. Governor Anthony Brown by over 70,000 votes to capture the Maryland Governor’s race....

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Had enough of the 2014 Maryland election? The new year will be here soon, and Jan. 1, 2015 begins a new four-year election cycle. With the new year,...

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The Prince George’s County Department of the Environment is offering AOBA members the opportunity to pay reduced tipping fees in exchange for...

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Effective Oct. 1, Maryland employers with 15 to 49 employees in the State must provide employees with unpaid parental leave benefits. An eligible...

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The minimum wage required to be paid by employers in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties will increase on Oct. 1st from $7.25 to $8.40 per...

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The Prince George’s County Council has returned from its August recess and is resuming action on legislation. Earlier this week Council Member...

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Riverdale Park Rolls Back Business License FeesRiverdale Park Rolls Back Business License FeesThe Town Council of Riverdale Park (Prince...

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Although all bills concerning lead paint liability died at the 2013 Maryland General Assembly session, owners and managers of rental housing built...

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WSSC plans to place more reliance on fees and less on rates to meet its revenue needs, starting July 1, 2015. At a recent briefing to the Prince...

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AOBA member support is needed for legislation that would eliminate potentially troublesome provisions from Prince George’s County’s...

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Prince George’s County Council Chair Mel Franklin wants members' advice regarding how to improve the County’s business climate. In a...

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The Maryland General Assembly ended its 90 day session with several wins for AOBA members. Much of AOBA’s legislative effort is directed to...

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The Maryland General Assembly entered the final week of its 2014 session with several bills of interest to AOBA members still in play. The session...

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The Maryland House and Senate were moving bills quickly to beat the self-imposed “crossover” deadline of March 17. Bills passed by...

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AOBA sponsored bills will be heard the week of March 10 that would require a state fiscal and economic impact study before a local government could...

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The Maryland Senate narrowly advanced an emergency bill in an effort to overturn a court ruling holding dog owners and rental housing providers...

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At AOBA’s request, legislation has been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly to make it more difficult for municipal corporations to...

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Legislation has been introduced again this year in the Maryland General Assembly that would prohibit a rental housing provider from refusing to...

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If you ever plan to buy or sell multifamily rental housing in Prince George’s County you must read this. The Prince George’s County...

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As required by the State Constitution, the Maryland General Assembly opens its 2014 session on Jan. 8 with many legislators looking ahead to this...

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Key legislators will again introduce emergency legislation at the 2014 session of the Maryland General Assembly in an effort to overturn a court...

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AOBA Seeks Input on Montgomery County Permeable Pavement LegislationThree Montgomery County Council Committees (Transportation, Infrastructure,...

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