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County piloting platform to instantly approve solar permits

Plus: Big Train baseball honors Morella with community hero award; Montgomery County residents debate multi-member districts

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County piloting platform to instantly approve solar permits

To help residents get solar panels installed faster, Montgomery County is joining a pilot program.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, County Council Member Will Jawando and U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen gathered at Laura Morales’ Silver Spring home to announce an online platform that lets local governments approve residential solar panel permits in one day. [Montgomery Community Media]

Big Train honors Morella with community hero award

Former U.S. Rep. Connie Morella, a Republican in a deep-blue district praised for her bipartisan spirit, was honored Wednesday with a community hero award by the Bethesda Big Train, a collegiate baseball team that feeds into the pros.

Morella received her award before Big Train’s final season home game against the DC Grays at an invitation-only birthday party at Shirley Povich Field in Cabin John Regional Park. [WTOP]

Montgomery County residents debate multi-member districts

Several Montgomery County residents on Wednesday urged members of the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission to keep multi-member districts in their proposed maps, arguing that they empower historically disenfranchised voters.

Maryland uses a mix of single- and multi-member districts in its state legislative maps, but Montgomery County is currently exclusively made up of multi-member districts. [Maryland Matters]

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