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The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo’s IT work at the 2022 General Assembly.

Information technology is an area of ​​growing importance to MACo as county governments rely on increasingly sophisticated computer systems for an ever-widening range of operations – including public safety, open government portals, billing functions and emergency alert systems used during major natural and man-made disasters. do emergencies. As the use of information technology in counties evolves, cybersecurity and the protection of resident data grow in importance.

The unique circumstances surrounding the 444th legislative session, including necessary health and safety measures, posed a challenge to lawmakers and advocates. Yet despite the unusual circumstances, MACo’s advocacy still led to more positive results for its members.

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MACo supported HB 1339 / SB 810 with modifications. The bill would have authorized the Department of Emergency Management to take action to reduce disaster risk and the vulnerability of critical infrastructure; created the Department’s Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Grant Program to leverage certain funds to make cybersecurity improvements to critical infrastructure; modified the tasks and staffing requirements of the Public Service Commission to include cybersecurity; authorized the People’s Council Office to retain or hire a cybersecurity expert; etc HB 1339 / SB 810 Cybersecurity – Critical Infrastructure and Utility Companies (Critical Infrastructure Act of 2022) lack at the General Assembly.

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MACo supported SB 780 with amendments. The bill would have created the Office of Security Management within the Department of Information Technology, certain Office positions, and the Maryland Cybersecurity Coordinating Council; established certain responsibilities and powers of the Board; centralized authority and control over the procurement of all information technology for the executive branch of state government within the Department of Information Technology; etc SB 780 Cybersecurity Governance Act of 2022 lack at the General Assembly.

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MACo supported HB 1202 / SB 754 with modifications. The bill establishes the Cybersecurity Preparedness Unit in the Maryland Department of Emergency Management; establishes certain responsibilities of the Unit; requires local governments to report certain cybersecurity incidents in certain ways and under certain circumstances; requires the Maryland Joint Operations Center to notify the appropriate agencies of a cybersecurity incident in some manner; creation of the Office of Security Management within the Department of Information Technology and certain positions in the Office; etc HB 1202 / SB 754 local government Cybersecurity – Coordination and Operations (Local Cybersecurity Support Act 2022) past the General Assembly and awaits the signature of the Governor.

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MACo supported HB 1346 / SB 812 with modifications. The bill establishes the Office of Security Management within the Department of Information Technology (DoIT); establishes the Cybersecurity Coordination and Operations Unit within the DoIT; requiring each unit of the executive branch of state government and certain local entities to report certain cybersecurity incidents; require the Secretary of Information Technology to develop and maintain a statewide cybersecurity master plan; establishes the Maryland Cybersecurity Coordinating Council; etc HB 1346 / SB 812 State Local Government – Cybersecurity – Coordination and Governance past the General Assembly and awaits the signature of the Governor.

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MACo supported HB 1205/SB 881 with amendments. The bill establishes a statewide reporting framework and an oversight committee within the Department to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of certain state-held information about residents of the Department. State and to determine certain technology and cybersecurity investments and upgrades; establishes the Local Cybersecurity Support Fund to provide financial assistance to local governments to improve cybersecurity preparedness; exempts certain Department purchases from Public Works Board oversight; etc HB 1205 / SB 811 Local State Government – Information Technology – and Cyber ​​Security Related Infrastructure (Modernize Maryland Act of 2022) past the General Assembly and awaits the signature of the Governor.

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MACo supported HB 5/SB 107 with amendments. The bill would have preempted county government decisions regarding cybersecurity training for employees. HB 5 / SB 107 Local State Government – State and Local Government Employees and Contractors – Cyber ​​Security Training lack at the General Assembly.

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