Baltimore County News
By Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Executive
On Monday, our nation will commemorate Memorial Day. For some, this will be a very personal occasion, a time to pause to remember the family and friends whose sacrifices secured our country's safety and preserved its liberty. We extend our thanks and deep appreciation to these fallen service members.
Let us honor their service by giving all our veterans the care, support, and respect that they have earned.
Thousands of armed services members are still standing watch around the world. Please keep them, and the families at home who stand with them, in your thoughts.Fri, 26 May 2017 13:30:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/remembrance
No Trash or Yard Waste Collection on Monday
Baltimore County government offices, and the District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Monday, May 29 in recognition of the Memorial Day holiday. Health Department clinics, Animal Services and senior centers will be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate. All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 29 and parking meters are free on the holiday.
No Trash, Recycling or Yard Materials Collection on May 29; Drop-Off Centers Closed
Baltimore County residents whose trash or yard materials would normally have been collected on Monday, May 29 should set these materials out on Monday night for collection on Tuesday, May 30. Residents whose single stream recyclables would normally have been collected on Monday, May 29 are asked to hold these recyclables until the next scheduled recycling collection day (Monday, June 5).
Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the week following Memorial Day. If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, materials should be left out until collection occurs.
Trash and recycling drop-off centers, as well as County offices, will be closed on Monday, May 29. Drop-off centers will be open with normal hours on Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27. County offices and drop-off facilities will reopen on Tuesday, May 30.
For more information, residents should visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website or call 410-887-2000.Thu, 25 May 2017 21:22:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/baltimore-county-offices-and-facilities-closed-for-memorial-day-holiday
Says Governor is Putting Politics above Working Families
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz today issued the following statement following Governor Hogan's decision to veto House Bill 1, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act:
"Today, Governor Hogan made his position clear: he is putting political interests above the needs of working families.
Paid sick leave is a public health priority in our state. The sensible policy passed by the Maryland General Assembly would have prevented illnesses, increased productivity, and saved lives. With this heartless veto, Governor Hogan is putting the future of working families across our state at risk.
I hope the members of the Maryland General Assembly will come together to override this decision and ensure that Marylanders will not have to continue to make the impossible decision between keeping their job and following doctor’s orders."Thu, 25 May 2017 20:40:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/county-executive-kamenetz-condemns-governor-hogans-decision-to-veto-paid-sick-leave-legislation
Latest Ruling Consistent with Baltimore County Executive Order on Immigration
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz issued the following statement in response to today’s 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upholds a lower court ruling blocking President Trump’s travel ban:
"I commend the United States 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision today to uphold the lower court ruling that blocked President Trump’s travel ban. This new ruling affirms my recent Executive Order in Baltimore County, which states that we will not unlawfully profile the immigration status of our residents."
The complete text of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s April 5, 2017 Executive Order is below:
LAW ENFORCEMENT STANDARDS ON IMMIGRATION STATUS, DIVERSITY AND EQUITY
WHEREAS, Baltimore County residents fully support our country's rich heritage of welcoming immigrants from around the world who come to America seeking a better life in pursuit of the American Dream; and
WHEREAS, Baltimore County has welcomed an increasingly diverse population that parallels statewide demographics; and
WHEREAS, Baltimore County recognizes that public trust and confidence in local government and law enforcement policies are essential to a fair and orderly government; and
WHEREAS, the Baltimore County Police Department prides itself on the positive relationship that it has maintained with the County’s resident population, including its immigrant community, and maintenance of positive relationships are key to keeping our neighborhoods safe; and
WHEREAS, as part of that relationship, all residents must feel safe and secure to cooperate with Baltimore County Police Officers to report crimes and offer assistance in resolving criminal activity; and
WHEREAS, from time to time it is necessary to reiterate the policies and precepts necessary to maintain public order and discourse, consistent with the laws of the county, state, and federal governments, their respective judicial branch holdings, and the Constitutions of Maryland and the United States.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kevin Kamenetz, as County Executive of Baltimore County, on this 5th day of April 2017, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Baltimore County Charter, do hereby promulgate the following EXECUTIVE ORDER for Baltimore County, Maryland:
1. No Baltimore County Department, agency, officer or employee shall discriminate against any person within Baltimore County based on confirmed or suspected race, creed, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status as a veteran, physical or mental disability, immigration status, and/or inability to speak English.
2. No Baltimore County Department, agency, officer or employee shall condition the provision of County services or benefits on the immigration status of the individual seeking those services or benefits unless such conditions are lawfully imposed by federal or state law.
3. No Baltimore County Police Officer shall make inquiry of a person's immigration status for the purpose of initiating civil enforcement of immigration proceedings, except in the case of a criminal warrant signed by a judicial official.
4. No personnel within the Police Department or Department of Corrections shall cause to be detained any individual beyond their court ordered release date, except upon reasonable belief of the existence of an order of detainer issued by a properly recognized judicial official.
5. Nothing in this Executive Order shall be construed to prohibit any Baltimore County Police Officer or employee from participating in task force activities with county, state or federal criminal law enforcement authorities.
6. Nothing in this Executive Order shall be construed to prohibit any Baltimore County Police Officer from investigating violations of criminal law.
7. Nothing in this Executive Order shall be construed to prohibit any Baltimore County Police Officer from cooperating with federal immigration authorities in the investigation and apprehension of undocumented immigrants suspected of criminal activity.
8. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately according to its terms.Thu, 25 May 2017 19:42:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/kamenetz-issues-statement-in-response-to-4th-circuit-court-of-appeals-ruling-on-trump-travel-ban