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Whether you're a newcomer or a native, this is the place to learn about Baltimore's government and municipal services as well as Maryland state government. Plus get the scoop on the area's history.
Baltimore County Government
Find out how Baltimore County government works. plus look here for links on county services, jury duty, Baltimore County Council and Executive, taxes and the court system.
Living in Baltimore County
Baltimore County's government provides numerous municipal services to County residents. Because none of the towns in Baltimore County are incorporated, all local taxes and services are provided by Baltimore County. <p>Residents of Baltimore County can find links to more information about schools, libraries, poli…
Harford County Government
Look here for the ins and outs of Harford County government. With three municipalities -- Bel Air, Havre de Grace and Aberdeen -- citizens in Harford County look to more than one government for services. This article has links on county services, jury duty, Harford County Council and County Executive, taxes and the court system.
Harford County Services
Harford County's government provides numerous municipal services to County residents. The county's three incorporated municipalities -- Bel Air, Havre de Grace and Aberdeen -- also levy taxes and provide some services. However, this list is only those services provided by Harford County.
Fort McHenry National Park
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Maryland General Assembly
Learn how a bill becomes law in Maryland and how to contact your legislators by email or phone in this profile of Maryland's General Assembly, the state's legislative body. Maryland's legislature is made up of two houses: the Senate and the House of Delegates.
Registering to Vote in Maryland
How to obtain and submit an application to register to vote in Maryland.
Voting in Maryland
Learn the rules of Maryland's elections system including info on voter registration applications and deadlines, absentee ballots, primaries, voting machines and provisional ballots. Also find your polling place and contact information for your county board of elections.
Property Taxes in Maryland
Questions about property taxes in Baltimore? This article outlines Maryland's property tax rules and gives links to more info on Homestead Tax Credits, local property tax rates and tax assessment appeals.
Maryland, My Maryland
"Maryland, My Maryland" is the state song of Maryland. The music is same as "O Tannenbaum."
What is Baltimore's 311 system?
Baltimore City's 311 call center is a system for taking residents calls about non-emergency issues and complaints related to city services.
Maryland Divorce Laws
From About.com's Guide to Divorce Support
Getting a Marriage License in Maryland
Getting married in Baltimore? Here's information about how to get a marriage license in Maryland.
Homestead Tax Credit in Maryland
The Homestead Tax Credit in Maryland caps the property tax assessment increase allowed for Maryland homeowners, who occupy their property.
Baltimore City Council
Ever wonder who does what on Baltimore's City Council? Here's a rundown of the offices on the Council.
Maryland Car Seat Laws
Child safety seats save lives...and it's the law.
Maryland Driver's Licenses and Vehicle Registration
License and registration, please. If you're new to Maryland, you'll need to take care of these things within 60 days of your arrival. Check here to find out how.
Smoking Ban in Maryland and Baltimore
In February 2007 Baltimore City joined several other Maryland counties and major cities like New York and Washington, D.C., in banning smoking. Just six weeks later the Maryland General Assembly extended the smoking ban statewide.
What Fireworks Are Legal in Maryland?
Fireworks are part of Baltimore's July 4th celebration. But what fireworks are legal in Maryland?
Filing Maryland Income Tax Returns
These resources for Maryland state income tax returns will guide you to useful information on the Office of the Comptroller's website.
Frequently Asked Questions about Special Legislative Sessions in MD
The governor of Maryland may call a special session of the Maryland General Assembly between regular legislative sessions. Find out more about special sessions of the legislature in Maryland in this FAQ.
Maryland General Assembly 2007 Legislative Session
A slection of the bills passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley in 2007.
Fort McHenry Guard
On Baltimore's Defender's Day and on summer weekends, Fort McHenry's band of history re-enactors brings to life the history of the battle that inspired the Star-Spangled Banner.
African-American History Sites
These African-American heritage attractions and cultural institutions throughout the Baltimore area tell of the history and traditions of the Maryland black community.
Maryland Law Enforcement Agencies
These links to the official web sites of law enforcement agencies in Maryland were compiles by About.com's Guide to Crime/Punishment.
Baltimore Lore: Edgar Allan Poe
From a well-established Baltimore family, horror genre creator Edgar Allan Poe lived and died here. A mysterious visitor drinks a toast to Poe at his graveside every year.
Martin O'Malley
Biography of Maryland's governor.
Sheila Dixon -- Mayor of Baltimore
City Council President Dixon became mayor of Baltimore when Martin O'Malley was sworn in as governor.
O’Malley Inauguration
Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley is inaugurated as Maryland’s governor on January 17, 2007.
A Guide to Maryland Government
Updated daily, this guide is published by the Maryland State Archives and contains info on all branches of goverment.
State of Maryland Website
The state government's site is the place to find out about motor vehicle registration, income taxes, elections and more.
Baltimore City Web Page
It's one-stop shopping here for Baltimore City services: Pay a parking ticket online, find out about park events, analyze crime statistics and a lot more.
Baltimore County Government Home Page
County residents click here for the news you can use -- everything from jobs and services to education and events.
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