Headlines from HJM: Friday, January 15, 2021

Lobbypalooza 2021 in Annapolis? Safe Bet on Sports Gaming

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
By a margin of 2:1, Maryland voters approved a referendum to legalize sports gambling in November. The ballot question carried all 23 counties and Baltimore City. It now falls to state lawmakers to determine how the state will implement legalized sports wagering.
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Hogan accelerates Maryland's vaccine rollout, expands eligibility starting Monday

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
The governor also announced a pilot program with Walmart and Giant to begin administering vaccines at their pharmacies.
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Md. bill would strip spousal privilege from post-crime weddings

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
The protection criminal defendants have against their spouses testifying against them would not apply in cases when the wedding occurred after the alleged crime was committed under legislation the House Judiciary Committee considered Thursday.
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House GOP to Get New Leadership — After Session

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
House Republicans unanimously re-elected their top leaders on Wednesday — with a caveat.
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Capitol riot, impeachment sharpen divide between Trump critics and supporters in Maryland’s Republican Party

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
The deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol sharpened the rhetoric over the Republican president: whether to punish or defend him, abandon him or allow him to remain the de facto head of the party after his term ends next week.
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Maryland retailers look to legislative session to support businesses across the state

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
The COVID-19 pandemic has raged across retailers large and small with repercussions that will be felt long after the sting of the vaccine needles fade.
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Lawmakers Ask for More Clarity in State Vaccine Plan

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Lawmakers pushed state Department of Health officials Wednesday for more clarity on how COVID-19 vaccines would be rolled out, after recent complaints of slow action and as the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate continues to hover at 8-9%.
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Environmental bills need to cross the finish line in 2021

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
[Even] with Biden’s promises of a comprehensive climate plan, states will still need to wholeheartedly commit to their own climate plans if we hope to make sweeping federal legislation a reality.
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