Eastern Shore Lawmaker Gets GOP Leadership Role

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Members of the Maryland House of Delegates Republican Caucus have elected new leadership. Delegate Jason Buckel of Allegany County will serve as House Minority Leader. Delegate Christopher Adams of the Eastern Shore’s District 37-B becomes Minority Whip. Former Minority Leader Nic Kipke and Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga had previously announced their intention to step down…

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Hogan Signs 66 Bills, Calls Session A Success

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66 bills have become law in Maryland, just hours after the conclusion of the 2021 General Assembly session. Governor Larry Hogan Tuesday signed bills that address the need for more Internet access and expand tele-health services. He also praised lawmakers for working to pass tax cuts and to approve a massive COVID-19 relief package. To…

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Md. Lawmakers Pass Police Reform Measures

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Police reform measures have passed in the Maryland House of Delegates and in the State Senate. Several bills make up the controversial package: police body cameras, a new system of reviewing allegations of police misconduct, making disciplinary records more accessible and stripping provisions in the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights. –HB 670 –SB 71…

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Md. Legislation To Be Reviewed For Racial Impact

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Maryland legislative leaders have announced a pilot project to include racial impact statements as part of legislative analysis for the General Assembly. The Department of Legislative Services will be working with Bowie State and the University of Baltimore Schaefer Center to compile data regarding racial impact of major criminal justice reform legislation. Members of the…

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COVID Relief Front-And-Center As Md. Lawmakers Start Session

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Maryland lawmakers are being asked to make some quick decisions about a $1-billion COVID-19 relief package proposed by Governor Larry Hogan Monday. The General Assembly session begins today. Delegate Wayne Hartman (R- Wicomico-Worcester) told WGMD’s Mike Bradley the proposal likely needs some ‘tweaking.’ Hogan introduce the measure on an emergency basis, meaning that stimulus checks,…

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Maryland lawmakers pass bill to prohibit driver’s license suspensions due to unpaid fees

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The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to prohibit driver’s license suspensions for failing to pay Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) fines and fees. Nationwide, 11 million driver’s licenses are suspended for unpaid fines and fees. According to MVA data, more than 29,000 Maryland residents had their driver’s licenses suspended for failure to pay fines between 2015…

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Wicomico County Sheriff speaks out against bill to make Maryland a sanctuary state

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis has expressed strong opposition to legislation that would make Maryland a sanctuary state, a proposal he claimed would protect MS-13 gang members from criminal arrest or prosecution. Sheriff Lewis attended a press conference on Tuesday alongside State Senator Mary Beth Carozza, Somerset County Sheriff Ronnie Howard and Chief Deputy Paul…

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