July 19, 2019
The Court of Appeals has spoken, and closed the door on counties having true governance over locating “utility scale” solar projects. Their finding is that the Public Service Commission must consider, but not necessarily conform to, local zoning guidance when approving these development projects. This “implied preemption” finding leaves county governments concerned that the on-the-ground community input reflected in local zoning may be trampled by state-level desires to expand renewable energy, or to otherwise accommodate major industry advances.
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Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally are joined by special guest Les Knapp, MACo's legal and policy counsel, to discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis. This week we focus on two recent preemption decisions with major implications for county governments.
Listen to any MACo Podcast Episode: www.mdcounties.org/Podcast

Counties In Action
Anne Arundel provides resources for Summer Meals, Health and Safety programs
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Corporate Partner Corner

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) has been recognized by Disability:IN ® as the 2019 Employer of the Year for its exemplary policies, strategies and initiatives that have resulted in measurable progress in the areas of disability inclusiveness in the workplace, marketplace and supply chain.

“At PNC we’re committed to our talent-focused culture, with diverse teams best positioning us to most powerfully innovate and connect with our customers and employees,” said Chief Human Resources Officer Vicki Henn. “Disability and accessibility are no exception to this commitment – and we have doubled down on our efforts to hire more people with disabilities, deliver safe and inclusive customer and employee experiences, enhanced accommodations processes, and barrier-free technology. While much work remains, we are proud of the progress we are making, and of this award which reflects the dedication, passion and commitment of so many employees.”

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