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Posted 22 November 2017

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Each year the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW) get together to prepare for the coming General Assembly Session. The main purpose of the conference is to learn about what legislation will be before the General Assembly for the upcoming session and decide which they would like to support. While there are many bills that look very promising in 2018, MLAW is only so big and can only do so much. Over the next month, their members will be researching the different options, then voting on only six or seven. Then the group will work throughout the 2018 session to ensure the passage of those bill. While you may not be a member of MLAW to vote on the bills, nevertheless, these bills will have an impact in your life and community. You can read about the proposed legislation here.

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Another goal of the MLAW conference is to get their members ready to advocate. This year, the panel discussion focused on methods of effective advocacy whether as a group or an individual. While Maryland was the first in the nation of supporting women in legislation just a few decades ago, we have slipped to tenth place now. In fact, there are the same number of women legislators today as there were in 1995. Here’s a summary of some of the tips and tools shared with the members of MLAW to encourage their success in engaging in government.

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  • The first thing to remember is that you can’t do everything yourself. While you feel strongly about many issues and pieces of legislation, you have to pick what is most important to you and focus your energies there. Trust that your peers and fellow activists will move on other issues while you work on yours. Likewise, you can’t force a movement alone. There are things that happen within a society that create a moment for change. The best thing you can do is be prepared for when that moment comes along.
  • Learn how to take a break. It’s so much better to turn off the news for a few days to breathe then come back refreshed and ready, than to burn out and have to give up. You don’t have to say yes to every request or every event. Learn where your limits are and then learn how to work within them.
  • Whether you reach out to your legislator in person, by phone, or by email – make it personal. Talk to your legislators about your life. How does this bill or that law effect you personally and how can they work to make it better.
  • The best way to influence national issues is to influence local representatives. Whether policy or politics, if you don’t like what is happening in on the national stage, speak to the people who represent you. Similarly, if you are personally interested in a large issue, getting involved locally prepares you to get appointed in a larger position. You have to insert yourself into the “pipeline” to make the contacts you need to make, and build the understanding you need to have in order to be more effective.
  • If you like an organization and what they do, the best way to support them is to become a member. When measuring the effectiveness of any organization, membership numbers play a huge role. The larger an organization, the more influence they have.
  • And lastly, stay informed. Even if you don’t have the time or resources to get involved in any other way, stay up to date on the issues that matter most to you and talk about them with the people in your life.
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BOCC and the Planning Commission Hold Joint Public Hearings

CCDCC Calvert November 28 at 7pm at 205 Main St., Prince Frederick

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and the Calvert County Planning Commission will hold three joint public hearings Nov. 28, 2017, to consider and receive comments on amendments to the existing Calvert County Comprehensive Plan, the Calvert County Critical Area Maps and a proposed Flood Mitigation Plan. The hearings will be held at the Courthouse Square Building located at 205 Main St., in Prince Frederick starting at 7 p.m. The three amendments involve:

• Adding the approved Calvert County Growth Tier Map to the existing Calvert County Comprehensive Plan;
• Clarifying Calvert County Critical Area Maps #32 and #35; and,
• Consideration of the Neeld Estates and Breezy Point Flood Mitigation Plans.

Citizens can view the amendments online at the link provided below. For additional information, contact the Department of Planning and Zoning at 410-535-2348, ext. 2359, or email pz@calvertcountymd.gov. Individuals who cannot attend the public hearing may submit written comments. These written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., Nov. 27, 2017, and may be submitted by emailing COMMISS@calvertcountymd.gov or through the U.S. mail to the BOCC at 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

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First Draft of Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan

CCDCC HearingThe Calvert County Planning Commission and the Calvert County Departments of Planning and Zoning and Parks & Recreation are seeking public comment on the first draft of the updated Calvert County Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan (LPPRP). A public meeting is scheduled in December for residents to review the draft and ask questions.

The LPPRP guides land conservation and development of outdoor recreation opportunities over the next five years. The LPPRP aims to:

• Provide Calvert County's citizens and visitors with safe and easily accessible amenities;
• Encourage the enjoyment and stewardship of Maryland’s natural world; and
• Balance outdoor recreation land use with natural and cultural resource protection.

It also serves as the basis for the Calvert County Program Open Space Annual Program and qualifies the county to receive Program Open Space funding from the state.
Residents are encouraged to attend the Dec. 5, meeting at the Harriet E. Brown Community Center located at 901 Dares Beach Road. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for those who want to talk with staff, and a presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Comments can be submitted during the public meeting, or in writing by U.S. mail or email no later than Dec. 15, 2017. Submit comments via mail by mailing 150 Main St., Suite 300, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, or via email at pz@calvercountymd.gov. Review the LPPRP draft online

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Volunteer Board and Commissions

The Board of County Commissioners relies on the input from citizen volunteer advisors to make decisions. If you want to influence local county government, but don't want to run for office, this is an excellent way to ensure our county reflects your values.

Don't Get Angry, Get Active!

Current Volunteer Board and Commissions Vacancies: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=146

Applications: Blank Application Form (PDF)

Applications can be emailed, faxed to 410-535-5594 or delivered to:
Lisa G. Tolomei, Appointment Secretary
175 Main St.
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Meetings Contact and Schedules

Ordinance No. 40-16: The ordinance adopting provisions related to the appointment, function, removal, and term limits of certain boards, committees, councils, and commissions establishes provisions generally applicable for the uniform operation of appointed boards, committees, councils, and commissions, except where deviation and variance are warranted as set forth.

Appointees to Calvert County boards and commissions are required to comply with Code of Ethics § 41.15.B.2: regarding financial disclosure for any potential conflict of interest within 30 days after appointment.

If you have questions, feel free to contact the appropriate person listed in the announcement or contact Lisa Tolomei, at 410-535-1600 or 301-855-1243, extension 2214.

To see agendas for the Board of County Commissioners and other County Commissions and Boards: http://www.co.cal.md.us/agendacenter

Complete List of all Volunteer Board and Commissions: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=146

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