Headlines from HJM: February 28, 2020

Judge in Purple Line lawsuit recuses himself, saying he lives near a future station

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
The recusal of U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte will probably delay the third and final lawsuit opposing the light-rail line’s construction.
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Business owners ask lawmakers to reject family leave legislation

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Business owners and organizations called on lawmakers Thursday to reject legislation that would impose a mandatory paid family leave policy on nearly every company in Maryland.
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Lawmakers Try to End Long Hospital Stays for Foster Kids

Publisher Name : WYPR
Lierman is sponsoring state legislation that would prevent DSS from sidestepping the administrative law judges’ orders. The bill has a hearing Thursday before the House Appropriations Committee.
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Elections Board Backs Plan to Curtail Wireless Network to Transmit Voter Info.

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
State elections officials voted Thursday to give Maryland’s largest counties a choice on whether to connect to a new wireless data network in the 2020 elections ― but will keep hundreds of routers in operation even if counties choose not to fully implement the systems.
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As Maryland hospitals continue to sue patients, state lawmakers call for ‘guardrails’

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland hospitals sued their patients over unpaid bills more than 145,700 times in the 10 years that ended in 2018, leading to wage garnishments, liens and bankruptcies, according to a new report from a coalition of consumer groups and unions.
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‘Camp Cupcake’ or ‘Club Fed’? What’s next stop for ex-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, now headed to federal prison?

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
As Baltimore mayor, Catherine Pugh worried that her modest Ashburton house was not “befitting” the chief executive of one of the nation’s largest cities.
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Divided Senate passes bill extending protective orders to acquaintances

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
A divided Senate passed legislation Thursday that would enable alleged victims of sexual assault to seek protective court orders against acquaintances who allegedly attacked them.
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Maryland Senate OKs banning discrimination based on hair

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
The Maryland Senate passed a measure on Thursday to ban discrimination based on a person’s natural hair or hair styles.
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Proposed Md. digital ad tax is a tax on small businesses

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
For a state that routinely hands out millions in tax incentives to attract tech companies, Maryland likes to punish innovation by way of new regulations and taxes.
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Baltimore, Prince George’s Could See Relief in Amended Kirwan Plan

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Public schools in the city of Baltimore and Prince George’s County could see a dramatic increase in state funding under newly proposed amendments to a multi-billion-dollar education reform bill being debated in the General Assembly.
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Report: State Lost Billions by Not Closing Corporate Loopholes

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
A liberal-leaning think tank is pressing for passage of a series of revenue bills targeting business loopholes and tax breaks ― by looking back at what could have been.
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Maryland exoneree suffers heart attack before testifying on compensation bill

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Walter Lomax, who spent 39 years of his life behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, was about to testify before a Maryland Senate committee Wednesday when he slumped over and his heart stopped beating.
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