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Annual governing convention underway in Ocean City

Maryland's annual beach-side conference of governing and politicking is underway in Ocean City this week, drawing nearly all the top executives from each county, scores of state and local lawmakers, administrators and Gov. Larry Hogan.

The Maryland Association of Counties' summer conference is part government trade-show, part retreat and part political convention, even though the non-partisan group expressly prohibits campaigning at its event.

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The sheer volume of political leaders in one place for three days, however, makes it a rich scene for fundraisers and networking. Hogan is hosting one this evening. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman converted his fundraiser into a charity event to help victims of last month's fatal flash flood in Ellicott City.

Hogan, a Republican, plans to work the boardwalk at the beach. Three Democrats weighing campaigns to unseat Hogan are also expected to be there — Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker and Rep. John Delaney.

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In between receptions and crab feasts, the convention offers local leaders a wide array of training and panel discussions. Sessions cover how county governments can use drones, responding to Zika, treating heroin overdoses and even whether Pokemon Go is a public safety hazard.

The event concludes Saturday with a speech by Republican Hogan, who plans to tell local officials to join him in fighting the Democrat-controlled General Assembly.

"He'll call on local governments to lobby their local legislators, many of them who will be in the room and have shot down the governor's legislative proposals," Hogan spokesman Doug Mayer said.

Hogan will also preview parts of his legislative agenda for next year, including trying to give more money to counties to build roads.

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