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Measure to help address climate change in Maryland advances

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A measure to take stronger steps to address climate change has advanced in Maryland. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee voted Tuesday to send the bill to the full Senate. Overall, the bill aims to speed up the state's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 40% of 2006 levels to 60% by 2030. A significant change was made last week by the Senate Education, Health […]

today03/09/2022 4


Masks to be decided by school districts, Maryland panel says

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A panel of Maryland lawmakers has voted to let local school districts decide whether students must wear face coverings in school. The Maryland General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review voted 17-1 on Friday to approve a request by the state's school board to end an emergency order of statewide requirements. Earlier this week, Maryland State School Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury cited improvements in […]

today02/28/2022 8


Recreational marijuana bill advances in Maryland House

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland House has advanced legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, if voters approve a constitutional amendment in November. The House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to two separate bills. The first would put the matter on the ballot. The second includes steps that would be taken on moving forward if voters approve, though issues relating to licensing and taxation would be taken up next […]

today02/25/2022 8


Maryland lawmakers voice support for paid family leave bill

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Senate Democrats say now is the time to approve a paid family and medical leave insurance program in the state. Senate President Bill Ferguson said Thursday that lawmakers are resolved to pass the legislation this year. It would provide 12 weeks of paid leave for Maryland workers who take leave due to specified personal or family circumstances, such as caring for a sick relative or […]

today02/25/2022 12


Maryland lawmakers outline package to support child care

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers have outlined a package of measures to support child-care providers, who have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers from the House and Senate held a joint video conference on Thursday to talk about the measures. In the last two years, they say more than 750 providers have been forced to close. The package includes grants to attract and retain providers, as well as loans […]

today02/11/2022 6


Marijuana legislation announced by Maryland House leadership

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers have announced legislation that they say will put the state on an equitable path to legalized adult recreational marijuana, if voters approve it in November. House Speaker Adrienne Jones says the bill introduced Thursday would create an implementation plan. The measure sets out to address criminal justice and public health issues, while also building a foundation for social equity in the industry. The bill […]

today02/04/2022 4


Maryland lawmakers convene for 90-day legislative session

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers are gathering in Annapolis today for their 90-day legislative session. They are starting with a huge budget surplus because of unexpectedly large revenues resulting from the help of federal pandemic aid. Democrats, who control the General Assembly, say they will be prioritizing upgrades to parks, bridges, schools and information technology systems to help put more people back to work. Republicans, including Gov. Larry Hogan, […]

today01/12/2022 6


Budget surplus, pot, virus, climate, top issues in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers will be gathering for their annual 90-day legislative session this week with a huge budget surplus. How to manage more than $4.5 billion in surplus for the current and next fiscal years will be a top issue in an election year. Lawmakers also will be grappling with potentially legalizing recreational marijuana, battling COVID-19 and stronger measures to address climate change. Legislation to create a […]

today01/11/2022 7


Maryland panel OKs plan for state legislative districts

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland panel has voted to recommend a new map of legislative districts for state lawmakers. The Legislative Redistricting Advisory Committee voted 4-2 along party lines on Friday. Four Democrats supported it, and two Republicans opposed it. The map for the boundaries of the 188 seats in the Maryland General Assembly will be submitted to the legislature next week, when lawmakers convene for their annual 90-day […]

today01/10/2022 5