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Maryland legislative redistricting panel announces hearings

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland commission on legislative redistricting has announced 12 public hearing dates around the state. The first of the hearings announced Tuesday will be in Prince George's County on Sept. 20. Ten of the hearings will in different parts of the state. There also will be two statewide virtual hearings. The last hearing is scheduled for Nov. 18th. The panel, which includes leading Democrats who control […]

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Maryland session ends after focus on pandemic aid, policing

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly has adjourned its 90-day session that focused largely on COVID-19 recovery, expansive police reforms and longstanding economic and health disparities worsened by the pandemic. With top-priority legislation on economic relief and police reform already passed earlier in the session, lawmakers approved a measure to implement sports betting. Maryland voters approved sports betting in November with 67% support. Sports wagering could begin as […]

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A glance at bills passed by the Maryland General Assembly

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers have concluded their annual 90-day session. Gov. Larry Hogan and lawmakers were quick to enact more than $1 billion in pandemic relief early in the session. The Democrat-controlled General Assembly also overrode the Republican governor's vetoes on three bills containing key parts of sweeping police reform legislation. Lawmakers also passed measures to expand voting options. Maryland voters will have the option to have mail-in […]

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Hogan vetoes bill prohibiting juvenile life sentences

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a measure that would prevent juveniles charged as adults from being sentenced to life in prison without parole. Hogan also announced a veto Thursday night of a bill that would expand the state's prevailing wage law on public work project contracts. Both of the measures passed in the Maryland General Assembly with enough votes to override the vetoes. Senate President […]

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Maryland bill would charge companies for carbon pollution

Maryland lawmakers would charge fees on fossil fuels and high-emissions vehicles to reduce pollution within the state — and send the first $350 million annually to fund schools — under a bill in the state's General Assembly. HB33, the Climate Crisis and Education Act, cross-filed with SB76, would require the state to reduce its carbon emissions from 2006 by 60% by 2030 and reach net zero carbon emissions by 2045. […]

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Maryland General Assembly passes $1B pandemic relief measure

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly has passed a pandemic relief measure that will deliver more than $1 billion in tax relief and economic stimulus for low-income families and small businesses. Lawmakers gave the bill final approval on Friday. The legislature passed the bill after the House withdrew provisions that would have expanded relief to families who use Individual Tax Identification Numbers instead of Social Security numbers. Critics […]

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Advance registration required for testifying at legislature

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The coronavirus epidemic has made it more difficult for people to sign up speak at hearings in Maryland's General Assembly or file written testimony. People previously could travel to Annapolis on the morning of a hearing and sign up to testify.  Now they must use an online system that requires individuals and lobbyists to sign up to speak 48 business hours before the hearing date. The […]

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