MD Gov Wes Moore Holds First Bill Signing Ceremony

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The Maryland General Assembly session ended last night and today Governor Wes Moore held a bill signing ceremony. Included in the bills that were signed were three key measures. The Fair Wage Act of 2023, which raises the minimum wage in Maryland effective January 1, 2024. The acceleration brings the minimum wage up to $15…

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Maryland HB 119 Would Mandate the Development of a Comprehensive Health Education Framework for Schools in All Counties

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A measure in the Maryland State House (HB 119) would require the State Department of Education along with the Department of Health to develop a comprehensive health education framework; requiring each county board of education to create an age-appropriate curriculum that is consistent with the comprehensive health education framework; requiring each county board to establish…

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Legislation Announced Creating Maryland’s New Legal, Adult-Use Cannabis Industry

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Legislation that establishes Maryland’s new legal, adult-use cannabis industry has been announced by Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones. This program is aimed at curbing illicit sales, addressing equity in licensing, taxation and regulation – and meets the July 1, 2023 program implementation goal. Adult-use cannabis will be regulated in the same…

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Video | Gov. Larry Hogan Addresses Law Enforcement Training Session In Ocean City

Governor Larry Hogan addressed Maryland law enforcement officers in Ocean City Tuesday (photo courtesy of the office of Governor Larry Hogan)
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Governor Larry Hogan (R.-Md.) appeared in Ocean City Tuesday to address the Maryland Municipal League Police Executive Association Annual Training Conference. “Every single day that I have served as governor, I have been immensely proud of all our law enforcement officers, including all who serve in Maryland’s municipal police agencies,” Hogan said. “Our state and…

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Update / Video: Sine Die Day For Md. General Assembly

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(Story Update) The curtain has come down on the 2022 Maryland General Assembly session.Speaking hours before the late-night gavel, Governor Larry Hogan said late Monday that the session produced agreement on a tax cut package and leaves Maryland with a healthy budget surplus.Not all of the Governor’s proposals were enacted – including tougher sentences for…

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Legal Case Against Redrawn Md. Congressional Districts Moves Forward

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Fair Maps Maryland will be able to move forward with its claims of partisan gerrymandering in the state’s congressional redistricting process. The group, which has ties to Governor Larry Hogan, has objected to both congressional and legislative maps produced by the Maryland General Assembly’s commission on redistricting. Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Lynne A.…

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Md. Board of Ed. Votes To End School Mask Mandate

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The Maryland State Board of Education voted Tuesday to rescind the statewide school mask mandate effective next Tuesday, March 1st. The decision is subject to approval of the Maryland General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review. “I want to thank the State Board of Education for heeding our call to rescind its…

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Parents’ Rights Surrounding Education Are Part Of Md. House GOP Caucus Agenda

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Maryland House Republicans are putting forth legislation in 2022 focused on tax relief, limited government, and parental rights surrounding their children’s education. Delegate Jeff Ghrist, R-Caroline County is lead sponsor of the “Right to Learn Act of 2022.” According to the legislation: families of children in schools with two consecutive years of rating two stars…

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Controversy Swirls Around Md. Legislative Redistricting Votes

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The Maryland House of Delegates has approved new maps for legislative districts that were produced by the General Assembly’s Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission. Republican lawmakers made a final attempt Thursday to get support for maps produced by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission, a panel that was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan in early 2021. Fair…

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VIDEO | Md. Gov. Hogan Presents FY ’23 Budget

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As he begins his final year in office, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Wednesday presented his Fiscal Year 2023 budget plan – a plan he said would provide major tax relief for retirees and working families, makes record investments into education and school construction, and boosts the state’s Rainy Day fund. Hogan also said the budget…

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Maryland Lawmakers Head Into 2022 Session

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The Maryland General Assembly begins its 2022 90-day session Wednesday in Annapolis. “There is a lot of work to do getting our bills ready, starting to build consensus and getting signatures for cosponsors and so forth,” Delegate Wayne Hartman, R-Dist. 38C said to WGMD’s Mike Bradley on the day before the start of the session.…

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VIDEO: Gov Larry Hogan Announces Expansion of Re-Fund the Police Initiative

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Governor Larry Hogan today announced the expansion of his Re-Fund The Police Initiative to a three-year, $500 million investment in increased support for law enforcement, and for increased crime control and victim protection services across the state. The governor also announced that he will reintroduce legislation to address violent crime during the upcoming session of the Maryland…

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Lawsuit Promised To Challenge Md. General Assembly-Approved Congressional Maps

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“Aggressive legal action” is being planned against a Congressional redistricting map passed by the Maryland General Assembly. Fair Maps Maryland describes itself as a nonpartisan grass roots organization. Spokesman Doug Mayer said the General Assembly ignored the will of the overwhelming majority of Marylanders and is violating state and federal law. The maps have also…

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Md. Citizens Redistricting Commission Opens 3rd Round Of Hearings

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The Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission begins a third round of virtual meetings. The panel was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to draw up ‘fair and representative’ legislative and Congressional district maps for the 2022 elections. The Commission has drawn up proposed maps, while considering dozens that have already been submitted by the public. Marylanders may…

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Md. GOP Lawmakers Seek Repeal Of “Netflix Tax”

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Maryland Senate Republicans are seeking to repeal what’s known as the Netflix Tax, a tax on streaming services, audiobooks, e-books and other digital content. Members of the GOP Caucus released a video message Thursday as they began a grassroots petition drive in their attempt to repeal the tax in January, 2022. According to Senate Minority…

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