January 15, 2021
MGA Zooms Into 2021 Session
Maryland's 90 days of policy-making began this week, but the buzz around town is...online. Annapolis is quiet as hearings, briefings, and floor sessions are being held on Zoom and YouTube. Advocates and legislators alike are adjusting to new processes and procedures as they tackle the large load of pre-filed bills and fast-track important issues that didn't make it through the shortened 2020 Session.

Keep up with all the changes in process, along with local government news and updates with Conduit Street.

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Conduit Street Podcast Corner:

On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson recap day one of the 2021 legislative session. Hear how advocates and legislators are adjusting to pandemic protocols while grappling with how to best provide meaningful relief to Maryland residents and businesses struggling to stay afloat amid the deepening COVID-19 pandemic.
Listen to any Conduit Street Podcast Episode: www.mdcounties.org/Podcast
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Corporate Partner Corner

MACo’s Bronze Corporate Partner, MD-DE-DC Beverage Association, makes community-focused donation in uncertain times.

The Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association announced this week that it will donate money earmarked for this year’s Legislative Reception to food pantries across the state.

“Since we cannot meet in person due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are donating the money we would have spent on the reception to support food pantries in all 23 counties across the state and Baltimore City,” said Ellen Valentino, Executive Vice President, Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association. “We know many Maryland families are struggling and we hope this gesture will help put food on the table during these challenging times.” 
“We look forward to better times, to a productive 2021 and to the day when we all can be together again,” Valentino added.
The members of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association produce some of the most recognized products in the world and are dedicated to supporting and improving their local communities where our employees and consumers work and live. More than 3,820 jobs are tied to the beverage industry in the state.
About the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association
The Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association is the regional trade association for local soft drink bottlers and distributors. Their members not only manufacture and distribute soft drinks in Maryland but employ thousands of local residents.

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