The Technology of Information – Conduit Street


The Technology of Information – Conduit Street

In the 2024 General Assembly, MACo focused on advocating for IT/cybersecurity issues due to the increasing threat of cyberattacks targeting states and local governments. Securing government information systems is crucial to prevent disruptions, protect sensitive information, ensure public safety, and deliver essential services. MACo’s advocacy aimed to strengthen support for local cybersecurity efforts and promote a strategic, coordinated, and flexible approach to enhancing cybersecurity preparedness across Maryland.

During Maryland’s 446th legislative session, concerns over the state’s fiscal situation were prominent, with weakened revenues and rising costs for government services at all levels. Despite budgetary constraints, many policy issues were debated, leading to resolutions from the 90-day annual process. MACo’s legislative committee guided the association’s positions on numerous bills, resulting in productive compromises and advancements that benefit counties’ diverse responsibilities.

MACo supported SB 981- Local Cybersecurity Preparedness and Local Cybersecurity Support Fund – Alterations with amendments. The bill aimed to modify and expand the purpose of the Local Cybersecurity Support Fund, but due to budgetary challenges in the 2024 session, the fiscal note was deemed unsustainable, leading to its failure to pass the Maryland General Assembly. For more information on IT-related legislation tracked by MACo during the session, visit their Conduit Street blog and Legislative Database.

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