Headlines from HJM: February 14, 2020

Lawmakers debate banning flavored tobacco products

Publisher Name : The Star Democrat
Bills that seek to outlaw the sale of flavored electronic and combustible tobacco products in Maryland have piled on state lawmakers' desks this session.
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‘We Have to Get Things Moving’: Baltimore-Area Leaders Urge Transit Boost

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Greater Baltimore Committee President Donald C. Fry joined other Baltimore-area leaders in Annapolis Wednesday to call for more transit funding for their region.
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Prince George’s Delegates Defend Closed-Door Meeting on School Construction

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
House leaders delayed a much-hyped vote on a school construction bill that is a top priority for Democrats Thursday, after Republicans and Democrats questioned whether jurisdictions they represent would get a big-enough slice of the $2.2 billion pie.
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Lawmakers look to close loopholes in Maryland’s marital rape laws

Publisher Name : WTOP
In Maryland, spousal rape is against the law if force or a threat of force is used. But prosecutors and advocates say there are still spousal exemptions to rape laws on the books, and those can prevent prosecutors from helping victims.
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Senator Crusading to Close Corporate Loophole Woos Business on Kirwan Plan

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
In a small gray conference room at the Homewood Suites in Largo, Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George’s) made his pitch recently in support of a $4 billion education reform plan.
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Del. Charkoudian Pushes Md. Toward Community Choice Energy

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maryland lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow the state’s municipalities and counties to negotiate energy purchasing on behalf of their residents, in a program called Community Choice Energy, or Community Choice Aggregation.
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Local officials urge lawmakers to balance transportation spending statewide

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
Maryland’s county leaders and city officials convened in Annapolis on Wednesday to urge members of the General Assembly to provide more money to balance transportation spending across the state.
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Prosecutors seek 57-month sentence for former mayor Pugh

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Federal prosecutors are seeking a 57-month prison sentence for former Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and tax evasion charges in November.
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Maryland’s Political Power Couples (Abridged Edition)

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
At Maryland Matters, we love our readers. So thank you for reading! And never hesitate to tell us what we ought to do be doing better. We also love story suggestions.
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Panel Chairman Expresses Skepticism Over ‘County Consent’ Bill

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
A measure known in Annapolis as the “county consent bill“ would give the 14 counties west of the Chesapeake Bay and the City of Baltimore new power in deciding whether big-ticket transportation projects move forward.
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Del. Szeliga says action must be taken to help teachers deal with chronically disruptive students

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga, R-Baltimore-Harford, on Thursday urged action on legislation to help teachers deal with students who consistently display disruptive behavior in school.
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Baltimore Mayor Pugh used boutique co-owned with city comptroller to hide illegal donations, prosecutors say

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh didn’t only use Healthy Holly LLC as a conduit for illegal contributions to her 2016 mayoral campaign, according to a sentencing memorandum prosecutors filed Thursday in federal court in Baltimore.
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Commerce Secretary worries Md. won't be 'in the game' if state kills incentives

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
The usually jovial commerce secretary tossed aside her talking points before speaking to lawmakers during a marathon hearing.
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U.S. prosecutors seek nearly 5-year sentence for former Baltimore mayor Pugh

Publisher Name : Washington Post
Federal prosecutors laid out an array of new details from their investigation into former Baltimore mayor Catherine E. Pugh in documents filed Thursday as they argued she should receive nearly five years in prison for conspiracy and tax evasion.
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