Headlines from HJM: February 24, 2020

Lawmakers: HOME Act’s Passage in Senate Has Been ‘Long Time Coming’

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
After almost 20 years of consideration, the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act was finally passed in the Senate chamber Friday.
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Bill to boost small businesses along Purple Line route gets hearing

Publisher Name : Bethesda Magazine
State lawmakers representing districts along the 16 mile-long route of the Purple Line are again pushing for legislation to provide financial relief for small businesses.
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Baltimore launches plan to get to ‘zero waste,’ starting with closure of city trash incinerator

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
A coalition of environmental and community groups and half a dozen Baltimore City Council members on Saturday launched a plan under which the city would strive to one day virtually eliminate waste, and, they say, create jobs and improve the community in the process.
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Public information disputes should be more easily remedied | COMMENTARY

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Legislation pending in Maryland's General Assembly would bring the state's Public Information Act into the 21st Century.
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Lawyers like the lucrative medical malpractice status quo? Shocking. | READER COMMENTARY

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
In a recent misguided op-ed (“Maryland has no medical malpractice crisis,” Feb. 11), attorney Ellen Flynn attacks the Infant Lifetime Care Trust by asserting that it would increase rates for “everyone who pays health insurance premiums and by taxpayers who pay for Medicaid and Medicare.”
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Maryland governor is running an inept state government | COMMENTARY

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
This month, The Baltimore Sun reported that Maryland is warehousing dozens of foster children in psychiatric and medical hospitals for months on end — although they are not mentally ill or injured or sick.
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Poll shows Maryland residents back education but leery of higher taxes

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Marylanders support the goals of a plan to overhaul public education in the state but remain concerned about the how to cover the associated $4 billion annual costs, according to a new poll released Monday.
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Senate gives initial OK to bill extending protective orders to acquaintances

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
The Senate gave preliminary approval Friday to a bill that would enable alleged victims of sexual assault to seek protective court orders against acquaintances who allegedly attacked them.
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Poll: Marylanders Want Better Schools But Shy Away From Tax Hikes to Improve Them

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The vast majority of Maryland residents believe that teacher salaries are too low and that many school buildings are in poor condition, but there is little support for increasing taxes to address those concerns, according to a just-released survey.
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Gansler weighs in on battle between Hogan and Democrats over mandatory minimum sentencing in crime bill

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
Former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler weighed-in on Friday on the battle between Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic leaders in the General Assembly over legislation that would increase mandatory minimum sentences for those who commit gun crimes — saying such punishment is appropriate for repeat offenders.
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