Md. Legislative Redistricting Panel Approves Congressional Map Proposal Redrawing 1st District

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The Maryland Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission has selected a proposed map of congressional districts for the 2022 elections, just over two weeks before a special session of the General Assembly. The panel Tuesday voted along party lines in favor of one of four maps that were released last week. The First District, currently Represented by…

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Governor Hogan Appoints Deputy Chief of Staff as Next Labor Secy.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced on Tuesday that he has nominated his Deputy Chief of Staff to the position of Maryland Secretary of Labor. Tiffany Robinson was nominated by the Governor to succeed Acting Secretary James Rzepkowski who will continue to serve as the assistant secretary for the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning.…

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Governor Hogan Weighs In on Supreme Court Ruling on Maryland’s Gerrymandering

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On the final day of the 2019 Supreme Court session, the nation’s highest court ruled on the gerrymandering of Maryland’s congressional districts. The majority opinion penned by Chief Justice John Roberts stated that federal courts do not have jurisdiction to rule on political questions. The cases Benisek v. Lamone and Rucho v. Common Cause dealt…

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Democrats Ask Election Board to Investigate Governor Hogan Campaign Contributions

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The Maryland Democratic Party is accusing Governor Larry Hogan of campaign finance violations and has requested that the State Board of Elections investigate. Earlier this week, the state’s Democratic Party filed a formal complaint with the Board of Elections, alleging that the Governor took “at least 200,000 dollars in excessive donations” that they say were…

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Governor Hogan Vetoes Numerous Bills, Including Handgun Board Repeal

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—————————————————————— On Friday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced he would allow the remainder of bills from the 2019 General Assembly session to become law without his signature, vetoing numerous measures, including several with direct impact for the Eastern Shore. Notably, the Governor is vetoing a repeal of the Handgun Permit Review Board, saying he doesn’t…

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Grants to Fund Full Day Pre-K Expansion in Maryland

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The Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood Education says it has awarded 50 grants valued at 26.6 million dollars aimed at serving four year olds in high quality Pre-Kindergarten classrooms across the state. 19 school systems including nearly all districts on the Eastern Shore will receive the funding, as well as 31…

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Adrienne Jones Elected Maryland’s Next House Speaker

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Delegate Adrienne Jones has won the special election for Speaker of the House of Delegates, making her the first woman and first African-American to hold the position. Jones had previously dropped out of the Speaker race, making it a two-way race between Delegate Maggie McIntosh of Baltimore City and Delegate Dereck Davis of Prince George’s…

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Governor Hogan Signs 174 Bills, Including OC Convention Center Renovation

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Following the end of the 2019 legislative session, Governor Larry Hogan has signed 174 bills into law, ranging across a variety of issues. The Governor signed House Bill 178/Senate Bill 177, which fulfills the Governor’s pledge to seek funding for the renovation and expansion of the Ocean City Convention Center. The Governor’s Office says the…

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VIDEO: WGMD News Week in Review 4/13/2019

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WATCH: A look back at the week’s top stories including the death of Maryland Speaker Michael Busch, Delaware increasing it’s age to purchase tobacco, possible Hepatitis A exposure in Delaware and a school shooting plot at Snow Hill Middle School thwarted. Plus, our Person of the Week is Staff Sargeant Christopher Slutman who died in…

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Maryland General Assembly Overrides Governor Hogan’s Oyster Sanctuary Bill Veto

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In the final day of Maryland’s 2019 legislative session, the House of Delegates and Senate have overridden Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill creating oyster sanctuaries in the Chesapeake Bay and it’s estuaries. Specifically, the legislation would create five permanent oyster sanctuaries pursuant to Department of Natural Resources recommendations under the large-scale restoration efforts…

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Maryland House of Delegates Approves Aid-in-Dying Bill

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Maryland’s House of Delegates has approved an aid-in-dying bill. The legislation would allow terminally ill patients to obtain life ending drugs if a doctor finds they have six months or less to live. The patient would have to make three requests for life ending treatment, both oral and written. The “Life Ending Options Act” also…

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Maryland Measure Allowing Unspecified Gender Advances in Senate

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The Maryland State Senate has advanced a measure that would allow for residents to select an unspecified gender on the driver’s licenses. Senators gave the measure preliminary approval on Wednesday. The bill would allow applicants to identify as male, female or unspecified. If the applicant identifies as an unspecified sex, the Motor Vehicle Administration would…

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Maryland Senator Supports Buying in to Medicare at 50

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U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat of Maryland has signed on as a co-sponsor of legislation that would allow people to buy into Medicare at age 50. Senator Cardin says the legislation would help millions of Americans who are approaching retirement or are being forced to retire early and are facing increasing health care needs…

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Maryland General Assembly Bill Targets Oyster Population

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A proposed bill in the Maryland General Assembly is aiming to help the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay. Speaker of the House Michael Busch, a Democrat of Anne Arundel County is pushing for the legislation, which would convert five waterways that feed into the Chesapeake Bay into permanent oyster sanctuaries. Area waterman have voiced…

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Gun Control Advocates Pressure Maryland Lawmakers

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Gun control advocates were at the Maryland State House in Annapolis on Thursday, pressuring lawmakers to support bills in the 2019 Session. The demonstrators were primarily from the Maryland chapter of “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.” The demonstrators say they’re calling for what they call “common sense” legislation, which includes banning 3-D…

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Maryland Governor Delivers State of the State Address

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On Wednesday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan delivered his fifth annual State of the State Address, his first since being sworn in for a second term earlier this month. The Governor, a Republican in a generally blue state spoke before a joint session at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, speaking primarily on the topics of…

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