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******Local Legislative News - Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's Counties******


2018 Post-Election Analysis 

A quick post-election analysis of Southern Maryland for our members [read article]

Call to Action - Charles County Hearing Sept 11th

On September 11, at 6 pm, there will be a public hearing to consider handing over the Indian Head Technology Park into an irreversible trust. SMAR is opposed to another effort to stop economic development and growth in Charles County... [read more]

Local Realtor® Friendly Candidates Endorsed by REALTOR® Associations

The following candidates have received the Southern Maryland Association of Realtors® endorsement for the 2018 election cycle. As required for official endorsement, all candidates eligible for endorsement must submit both a signed SMAR questionnaire and interview in person. [read more]

Tax Plan Update 12/20/17

REALTORS® have been working against the tax plan for a variety of reasons since its introduction. We have worked all levels of government and one advantage we have in Maryland and particularly in Southern Maryland, are elected officials who are also REALTORS®...[more]

Charles Co. Commissioners Retreat on Mallows Bay: Community Leaders Partnership with Military, State and Federal Officials Pressure Major Resolution Change

October 17, 2017- In an unexpected turn of events, the Board of Charles County Commissioners backpedaled on the previously county adopted resolution for the Mallows Bay federal designation. On March 7, 2017, the Board in a 3-2 show of support voted to approve the recommendation for extension of the Mallows Bay boundaries... [more]

Calvert County Sign Ordinance Proposal 8/22 Update

In Calvert County, a public joint hearing of the Board of County Commissioners and the Planning Commission along with key county staff present a draft of sign ordinance regulations to a large crowd at Calvert Pines on August 22, 2017. [more]

County, State, and Federal Update, Week of July 31

In Calvert County this week, the Commissioners voted 4-0-1 to deny the incorporation of the Chesapeake Ranch Estates and the Lusby town center into "Calvert Shores". This was a multi-year effort to create what would have been Calvert's third municipality. [more]

Charles Passes WCD 3-2: 9,500 Property Owners Affected

At the Charles County Commissioners on June 6, 2017, Commissioner Bobby Rucci made a motion to move the watershed district to a ballot referendum with Commissioner Debra Davis seconding the motion. [more]

For Immediate Release 6/14/17

After an eight-month long battle on behalf of Charles County property owners and businesses, last week the Charles County Commissioners voted to approve the proposed watershed conservation district... [more]

Charles County Watershed Hearing - May 24

Thank you to our members for showing up in force at two Charles County watershed hearings on May 24th. Thank you to our members for showing up in force at two Charles County watershed hearings on May 24th. [more]

Southern MD Legislative Update - Mar 22
As our local county commissioners work through the FY2018 budget process, SMAR would like to update our members and followers on some highlights from around the region... [more]

Charles County Press Release 3/16/17
For Immediate Release-

Charles Co. Commissioners Lobby for New Impact Tax; Push Affordable Housing Further Out of Reach for Local Teachers, Law Enforcement, Charles Co. Residents [more]

2017 Legislative Breakfast a Success!
On February 13th, the SMAR Legislative Committee was honored to host the Southern Maryland Delegation for breakfast covering top REALTOR® issues...[more]