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  • published About the Action Committee in Take Action 2022-05-06 11:35:06 -0400

    Action Committee


    LWVAAC's Action Committee organizes events that promote the League’s position on an issue to government officials and the public. Such actions may include media campaigns, lobbying or advocating for a cause, and educating the public for support.

    Email [email protected] for more information.

    Program Committee


    LWVAAC's Program Committee addresses local issues of compelling interest, often building relationships in the community and alliances with other organizations. At the local League level, the word “program” is used to describe a variety of events, including, but not limited to, speakers, panel discussions, candidate debates, and other educational activities for members and the public.

    Email [email protected] for more information

     


  • published Affordable Housing in LWVAAC Positions 2022-05-06 11:18:30 -0400

    Affordable Housing

    Action to secure affordable housing for low and very low income residents and special populations in Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis. ⓘ 

    Support for:

    1. rehabilitation of the existing housing supply to maintain the stock of affordable housing;
    2. meeting the housing and human service needs of special populations including, but not limited to
      the homeless;
    3. increasing opportunities for people of low or moderate income;
    4. ensuring an adequate stock of subsidized housing, and rental assistance and services to low and
      very low income persons.
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    Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County

    The Commission is dedicated to strengthening communities and improving the lives of Anne Arundel County citizens focusing on the ownership, management, sustainability and preservation of affordable housing. 

    AAC Subdivision Activity and Commercial Site Plan Viewer


  • published Board of Education in LWVAAC Positions 2022-05-06 11:17:31 -0400

    Board of Education

    Support for election of Board of Education members in nonpartisan elections held at the same time as partisan elections. 

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    Anne Arundel Board of Education

    The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County consists of seven adult members and one student member. The adult members are elected in presidential election years and represent districts whose boundaries mirror those of County Council districts. The student member is elected by county students, appointed by the Governor, and serves a one-year term. The student member is the only student on a local school board in the nation who has full voting rights.

     


  • published County Charter in LWVAAC Positions 2022-05-06 11:16:23 -0400

    County Charter

    Support for a charter that is clear, concise and confined to fundamentals. 

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    Anne Arundel Charter

    We, the People of Anne Arundel County, State of Maryland, in order to form a more orderly County government, establish separate legislative and executive branches, insure responsibility of and accountability for public funds, promote the general welfare and secure the benefits of home rule, do, in accordance with the Constitution and the laws of the State of Maryland, adopt, ordain and establish as our Charter and form of government this CHARTER OF ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MARYLAND.

    Charter Revision Commission

    The Charter Revision Commission, created by Sec. 1203 in the County Charter, is responsible for conducting a comprehensive study of the County government and recommending revisions to the Charter as necessary, including the matter of the revision of the Councilmanic districts of the County.

    Commission-Following release of U.S. Census data, the County Council appointed a Charter Revision Commission which has been working since October and should release a report at the end of March.


  • published Waste Management in LWVAAC Positions 2022-05-06 11:15:14 -0400

    Waste Management

    Hazardous  Support the efforts of County government to control problems of hazardous waste. Support establishment of central collections points for disposal of hazardous wastes from households and other small generators. Urge the County to provide adequate information on how to report suspected hazardous wastes and on ways to reduce the use of hazardous products in the household.


    Solid ⓘ Support a program of solid waste management that protects public health and the environment through promotions of source reduction, recycling, and adoption of a conservation ethic among individuals, businesses, and government. We believe every individual must take responsibility for his or her waste and must change disposal habits. A solid waste plan should emphasize source reduction, waste materials recovery, recycling, and composting. Incineration (waste to energy) and other alternatives should be considered only after health, environmental, and economic effects have been studied. Includes City of Annapolis.

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    • The Recycle Coach App for mobile devices helps you keep track of what goes where and alerts you to ACC waste management events like Hazardous Waste Collection days. Download it from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android)

    Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works

    The Department of Public Works provides services to ensure safe drinking water; to enhance wastewater treatment; to efficiently recycle, collect trash, and dispose of waste; to maintain, manage, and operate the County's road and bridge network; to design and construct County infrastructure; and to provide innovative environmental restoration projects that maintain a high quality of life for residents and visitors of Anne Arundel County.

    AAC Bureau of Waste Management Services

    The Bureau is responsible for collecting recycling, yard waste and trash from over 168,000 curbside customers. The Bureau also is responsible for the operation of the Millersville Landfill and the County's Recycling centers.

     


  • published Planning and Zoning in LWVAAC Positions 2022-05-06 11:14:32 -0400

    Planning and Zoning

    Endorsement of the concept of controlled growth and encouragement of strong enforcement of existing land use controls (zoning, and storm water and sediment controls) and adoption of new regulations to support the concept. 


    The League supports the following goals in accordance with this position.

    1. Promote and pursue balanced development in appropriate target areas that will have minimum impact on the environment and maximum long-term benefit to employment and the tax base including provision of opportunity for affordable housing and a variety of commercial activities in established commercial areas and discouragement of strip development.
    2. Enforce the County implementation of the critical area laws and ensure their adequacy.
    3. Enforce more strongly the adequate public facilities ordinances, including those regarding water and sewer systems, waste water treatment plants, roads, and public transportation.
    4. Reduce air, water, and noise pollution.
    5. Expand and strengthen watershed management with storm water and sediment controls, using stronger enforcement of regulations and citizen participation, e.g. as monitors.
    6. Maintain the integrity of rural residential and established farming areas by expanding the agricultural preservation program.
    7. Expand programs that support carpools, vanpools, and all forms of public transportation.
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    Office of Planning and Zoning

    Our mission is to plan the overall physical development and growth of the County, update and enforce the zoning code, and administer the subdivision and development regulations.

    AAC Land Use Information

    Explore County data related to land use.

    Zoning and Land Use Viewer

    Explore County data related to planning and zoning.

     


  • published Transportation in LWVAAC Positions 2022-05-06 11:14:02 -0400

    Transportation

    ⓘ Support development and improvement of public transportation in Anne Arundel County, and encourage the county government to have thorough, professional studies made of the transportation needs of various sectors of the population, to develop proposals for meeting the needs, and to find ways to implement appropriate proposals. The LWVAA should evaluate proposals using relevant criteria regarding:

    Users’ concerns–needs of various population groups and geographical areas, affordability of fares, travel time reliability and comfort, and safety;

    Economics–capital costs (rights of way, construction and equipment), capital funding, operating costs, potential ridership and fare, operating revenues;

    Physical matters–availability of rights of way, relation to other systems existing and planned, adaptability to future growth, and fuel type and consumption;

    Environmental impact–pollution, and degradation of natural resources.

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    Learn more about transportation in AAC

    Anne Arundel Department of Transportation

    Vision Zero

    A strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.

    Stresses “four Es”: Engineering, Enforcement, Education, and Emergency Medical Services.

    Walk and Roll Anne Arundel

    A vision for walking, bicycling, and rolling (using a wheelchair, roller skates, a scooter, or any other active transportation device) in the County.

    Anne Arundel Open Data: Transportation Data 

    Includes data maps for Rail Lines, Rail Stations, and Transportation Stops


  • published LWVAAC Positions in Take Action 2022-05-06 11:09:10 -0400

    LWVAAC Positions

    The positions summarized below are the result of studies conducted by the League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County over many years. The studies enable the League to articulate its public policy positions and, after they are subscribed to by members, they are used to take action to impact decisions made by various county and city level policy bodies.

    Select a position to view links to local information and resources.


  • published Know Your Gov't 2022-04-08 14:22:03 -0400

    Know Your Government

    LWVAAC encourages all Anne Arundel County residents to be active and informed participants in their government.


  • published Your Elected Officials in Know Your Gov't 2022-04-08 14:21:37 -0400

  • published United States in Know Your Gov't 2022-04-08 14:21:13 -0400

    United States

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


  • published Anne Arundel County in Know Your Gov't 2022-04-08 14:20:51 -0400

    Anne Arundel County

     

    Restore trust in government, create economic opportunity for all, implement smart growth policies, and promote health and wellness. These are the principles that guide us as we govern and work to make Anne Arundel County The Best Place - For All.


  • published Maryland in Know Your Gov't 2022-04-08 14:20:30 -0400

    Maryland

     

    The State of Maryland pledges to provide constituents, businesses, customers, and stakeholders with friendly and courteous, timely and responsive, accurate and consistent, accessible and convenient, and truthful and transparent services.

     


  • published Annapolis in Know Your Gov't 2022-04-08 14:20:04 -0400

  • published Observer Corps in Know Your Gov't 2022-04-08 14:19:44 -0400

  • published About the Observer Corps in Observer Corps 2022-03-30 14:21:59 -0400

    Observer Corps News

    The Observer Corps (OC) is a League committee that actively monitors local government. A key goal of the OC is to evaluate how well county departments and agencies maintain transparency and keep the public informed on issues, meetings, and decisions.


    Consider becoming an LWVAAC Observer. Start by choosing an area of government of interest to you and attend the public meetings. The OC team can provide guidance for observing while you learn about local issues.

    Email [email protected] for more information.


  • published Immigration in LWVAAC Positions 2022-03-28 22:16:21 -0400

    Immigration

    ⓘ Increase focus and support for the LWVUS position on immigration: In achieving overall policy goals, the League supports a system for unauthorized immigrants already in the country to earn legal status, including citizenship, by paying taxes, learning English, studying civics and meeting other relevant criteria…the League does not support deporting unauthorized immigrants who have no history of criminal activity…all persons should receive fair treatment under the law.


    Outlook for work:

    • Call on local and county police to conduct investigation and apprehension of immigrants in a fair and humane manner.
    • With LWVMD, work to establish Immigration Reform as a legislative priority within the LWVUS. Urge that reform include a federal solution to the present denial to non-citizens of housing, health care and welfare services for those non-citizens whose low income levels would otherwise make them eligible.
    • Enlist Spanish-speaking adults as mentors for reassuring and informing immigrant adults of the practices of our schools and systems for everyday living.
    • Enlarge the number and scope of after-school and summer activities available to Hispanic/Latino
      middle-school students, and encourage and promote participation in such programs by the students.
    • Permit Anne Arundel County Community College to accept in-county resident tuition from any
      graduate of a county high school who meets entrance requirements.
    • Foster formation of a private non-profit Council for Immigrant Services composed of representatives of public and private organizations serving the immigrant population, including businesses, as well as the county and city Human Relations Commissions.
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    Anne Arundel County Immigrant Affairs Commission

    An advisory body that serves as a means for immigrant voices to be heard and understood, facilitates civic engagement among immigrants, and recognizes and legitimizes issues of importance to immigrants arriving in Anne Arundel County.

    Meets once a month on first Mondays. Agendas and Minutes


  • Police Accountability Board - Call for Applications

    Anne Arundel County sealAnne Arundel County is now inviting individuals to begin the application process to serve on the county’s Police Accountability Board (PAB). This is a multi-step process, and here is what it will look like:

    • Phase I is an interest application, which is available now and includes a series of questions that will be used to identify candidates for further consideration.  
    • Phase II includes a secondary application with specific questions based on Bill 16-22 after it is signed. A subset of candidates who submitted Phase I applications will be invited to complete the Phase II process. 
    • Phase III will include interviews and final recommendations to the County Executive and County Council.  

     For more information on the Police Accountability Board and to apply for membership visit aacounty.org/police accountability board

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  • published Take Action 2022-02-05 22:03:58 -0500

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