Headlines from HJM: March 18, 2020

Md. House overwhelmingly approves sports betting measure

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Maryland took a major step toward legalizing sports betting after a House committee adopted changes to a bill that could send the issue to voters in November.
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Lobbyists and Policy Advocates Locked Out, Meet Unprecedented Challenges

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Halls of the Annapolis State House complex — normally abuzz with constituents, lawmakers and the press — are hushed.
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Legislative Black Caucus Holding Leadership Election Wednesday

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
On Wednesday, the last day of this year’s 2020 regular General Assembly session, the Legislative Black Caucus will elect leaders for this year’s special session — if there is one — and for 2021.
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Pinsky led sweeping education improvements through Maryland Senate. Then, he rushed to his dying wife’s side.

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Pinsky told his colleagues he had to rush home to be with his wife, Joan Rothgeb, who was in the “very late stages” of a battle with cancer. “It has been hard,” Pinsky said, before invoking the Latin phrase used for the end of session. “This will be my ‘Sine Die.’” He then left the chamber to be at his wife’s side.
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House Passes State Budget After Series of Unusual Moves in Truncated Session

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The Maryland House of Delegates approved a $47.9 billion budget plan on Tuesday, after a series of extraordinary steps to speed the budget approval process as the state battles the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
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Commissioner accuses delegate of ‘meddling’ in Carroll County bill

Publisher Name : Carroll County Times
A bill that would have affected Carroll County Government’s purchasing limits will likely be put on hold for a year, and one commissioner is pointing the finger at Del. Warren Miller for “meddling" in county affairs.
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Preakness postponed until September amid coronavirus outbreak

Publisher Name : WBAL TV 11
Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that the Preakness Stakes will be moved to September amid the growing concern surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.
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Maryland primary moves to June amid coronavirus pandemic; voters to pick Cummings’ replacement by mail in April

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland is postponing its April 28 primary to June 2 and shifting the special Baltimore-area congressional election to mail-in ballots only — all part of an effort to allow citizens to vote without jeopardizing their health during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Morgan postpones commencement as universities go online for the rest of the semester

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Morgan State University has postponed its spring commencement ceremonies and extended online learning for all students to the rest of the spring semester as universities continue to change plans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Maryland legislature approves major overhaul of public school system

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Maryland lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday night to a sweeping public education reform bill that Democrats say could change the trajectory of thousands of Maryland students’ lives.
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