Headlines from HJM: Friday, January 29, 2021

$1B+ coronavirus pandemic financial aid bill moves forward in Maryland Senate

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland state senators are pushing forward an expanded pandemic financial aid package that would send payments to low-income residents, offer tax breaks to businesses and direct extra funding to programs as varied as food banks, mass transit and support for people with disabilities.
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Bill adds canine support for veterans in treatment courts

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Maryland legislators are introducing a bill that would allow for certain support dogs to assist veterans participating in a rehabilitation process through the Veterans Treatment Courts.
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Republican Delegates Offer Bills Pushing In-Person Learning

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Responding to parents frustrated by virtual learning, three Republican delegates said they are proposing legislation to offset some costs that Maryland families incur because their children are not allowed to attend public schools that are closed to in-person learning.
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GOP lawmakers propose bills to spur return to in-class instruction

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Maryland families could use state per-pupil funding to help pay for private school classes under a proposal from one Republican lawmaker, part of a package of bills designed to pressure public schools to reopen to in-person instruction.
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Maryland House GOP bill seeks to use state funds to send students to private school if public schools don’t reopen by fall

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
The Maryland House of Delegates’s Republican Caucus shared a slate of educational bills it plans to introduce aiming to lessen the burdens of virtual learning, increase support for special needs students and redirect state education dollars to allow parents to send their children to private schools if public schools do not reopen by fall.
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Senators Consider Sweeping Climate Bill — And More Modest Measures

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
On Thursday, the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee held hearings on eight bills designed to address the ravages of climate change and make Maryland communities safer and more resilient.
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Legislators look to plug in disconnected Marylanders

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Maryland state lawmakers aim to amend inequities in broadband internet access that the coronavirus pandemic has accentuated.
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Hogan to lift 10 p.m. curfew on Maryland’s bars and restaurants starting Monday

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday that restaurants can begin serving customers after 10 p.m. starting Monday, lifting a curfew that was put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.
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Amid Pandemic, Del. Cox Seeks to Limit Power of the Governor

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Del. Daniel L. Cox (R-Frederick) presented a bill before the House Government and Operations Committee Thursday afternoon seeking to limit the power of Maryland’s governor during a state of emergency.
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Md. police, lawmaker differ over school officer restrictions

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
School resource officers in Maryland may soon only enter schools mainly during an emergency — a plan the bill sponsor says will help minority students feel more comfortable, but police say presents safety concerns.
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Anne Arundel executive urges Gov. Larry Hogan to provide better vaccine coordination

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Anne Arundel Executive Steuart Pittman said he spoke one-on-one with Gov. Larry Hogan for the first time in two years on Thursday to discuss the mass vaccination plan and what the best role will be for local health departments.
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Fells Point residents, who were threatened with a lawsuit, lose liquor license challenge

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
A lawyer for restaurateur Alex Smith sent a chilling warning to residents who complained that The Choptank had broken a promise not to have outdoor music
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Former Montgomery County Council candidate enters race for Maryland governor

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
A former candidate for Montgomery County Council is entering the Democratic primary race for Maryland governor, becoming the second candidate in what is expected to be a crowded field.
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Opinion: Want to Help Small Businesses? Make Big Corporations Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
"I have learned that our state tax system is stacked against small businesses like mine. We are obliged to pay corporate income taxes, but many large multi-state corporations have found loopholes that allow them to avoid paying Maryland corporate income tax."
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Chamber of Commerce CEO: New Taxes Are Not the Way to Support State’s Job Creators

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maryland businesses and employers are no strangers to policies and initiatives that make doing business in our state more costly and challenging. Fortunately, over the years, we have consistently found ways to adapt to new regulations or the increased costs of doing business.
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Heather Mizeur, former Md. state delegate, to challenge Rep. Andy Harris in 2022

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Former Maryland state delegate Heather Mizeur (D) announced Thursday that she would seek her party’s nomination to challenge Rep. Andy Harris in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District, citing the Republican congressman’s behavior in the aftermath of the assault on the Capitol.
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