Public Hearings:
MetCom Task Force – Discuss proposed amendments to the St Mary’s County Code Chapter 113 - 4 and 18 October 2017 4-7:00 PM

Energy Efficiency Testing and Building Inspections (Sheds) – Amendments to St Mary’s County Building Codes – 26 September 2017 6:00 PM
Planning Commission – 23 October 2017 6:30 PM

What new legislation will impact you October 1st?  Follow the link below to find a list of all Maryland Laws Effective October 1, 2017. 

A Federal Intervention: NO HATE Act of 2017
The National Opposition to Hate, Assault and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act of 2017, introduced in the Senate by Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) and in the House by Congressman Don Beyer (VA), incentivizes and encourages state and local law enforcement agencies to more comprehensively collect and report credible, reliable hate crimes data to the FBI. It also allows a judge to sentence an individual convicted of perpetrating a hate crime to a period of supervised release that includes community service or education centered on the community targeted by the hate crime.
The NO HATE Act would strengthen the hate crime reporting provision of the Hate Crimes Statistics Act and the implementation of the Mathew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2009, significantly expands the role that the federal government can play in the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes, extends the definition of a hate crime to include those motivated by the victim’s disability, gender, or sexual orientation, and provides grants to states to develop hate crime prevention programs.
Update: Both S.662 - NO HATE Act and H.R.1566 - NO HATE Act have been referred to committees.  We need to contact our local officials and get them to support these pieces of legislation.  You can track the current status of both bills at the links below.



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