Headlines from HJM: March 12, 2020

Md. delegates give initial approval to digital download tax

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Maryland took another step forward in expanding its sales tax to some online services.
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House Members Talk Digital Taxes During Revenue Package Floor Debate

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Amendments to a bill that would implement a sales tax on digital goods were shot down by Maryland House Democrats during a toe-to-toe floor debate on funding a school reform measure Wednesday.
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Maryland delegates OK housing anti-discrimination bill based on tenants’ source of income

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
After more than two decades of failure, Maryland lawmakers passed legislation Tuesday that makes it illegal for landlords to discriminate against tenants based on how they pay their rent, including with government housing vouchers.
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Joan Pratt has been paying phone bills from her campaign account for at least 15 years

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
The longtime comptroller has used nearly $28,000 of her campaign funds on phone bills since 2005 – nearly a third of the money her campaign has spent
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Hogan says MVA moving to all-appointment schedule in response to virus

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration will move to an all-appointment schedule in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Maryland House of Delegates passes campaign finance reform package

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland’s House of Delegates on Wednesday passed a package of campaign finance reform legislation aimed at preventing corruption and helping the State Board of Elections investigate wrongdoing.
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Hogan won't order local leaders to cancel events due to coronavirus

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
Gov. Larry Hogan does not plan to order cities and counties in Maryland to close events due to the coronavirus pandemic, instead leaving decisions up to local leaders.
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Maryland officials considering preparations for election by mail in response to coronavirus outbreak

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland officials are in talks on how to hold a mail-in only election for the April 28 primary, should it become necessary in response to multiple confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the state.
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Senate Moves Forward With $47.9 Billion Budget Plan

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a $47.9 billion budget plan for the 2021 fiscal year.
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Baltimore officials: No coronavirus cases in the city, mayor’s annual address postponed

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young confirmed Wednesday there are still no known cases of the new coronavirus in the city, but said preparing for a potential outbreak of the illness is his administration’s “top priority.”
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Baltimore's tourism industry keeps a wary eye on coronavirus as events move forward

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
Concerns about the novel coronavirus have canceled and postponed meetings, festivals and events around the world, from the Chinese Grand Prix and South by Southwest to film premieres and professional soccer games.
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Scott to start livestreaming council meetings on Facebook for people who cannot attend amid coronavirus concerns

Publisher Name : Baltimore Fishbowl
Members of the public will now have greater digital access to City Council meetings and hearings on Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott’s official Facebook page ,rather than attending in person, amid concerns about the coronavirus.
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