Md. rural counties lobbying group files report

FREDERICK — A 10-county partnership is lobbying state lawmakers on behalf of rural Maryland.

The Frederick News Post reports that the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition’s first report shows the group spent $27,500 on lobbyists and $8,578 hosting events for lawmakers since its founding in 2011.

Frederick County Commissioners President Blaine Young says he believes the group has gotten the attention of state leaders.

The group has grown to include Allegany, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Kent, Somerset, Washington and Wicomico counties.

The group’s lobbying focused on nine bills during this year’s legislative session. Four of the nine bills either passed or failed as the coalition had hoped.

Allegany County Commissions President Michael McKay says the group is focusing on explaining how legislation affects rural counties.

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