Headlines from HJM: March 2, 2020

Del. Jay Walker charged with drunk driving, steps down from committee post

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Maryland state Del. Jay Walker (D-Prince George’s) was arrested early Sunday outside a cigar bar in Charles County and charged with drunken driving, officials said.
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Maryland lawmakers are considering expanding the sales tax to services. Here’s how it would work.

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland lawmakers are considering significant changes to the state’s sales tax in hopes of drumming up money to implement reforms in public schools.
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Analysts: Sales Tax Proposal Would Net More Than $2.9 Billion

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Expanding Maryland’s sales tax to most services would generate more than $3.7 billion in new taxes in five years, according to the fiscal analysis released on the eve of a bill hearing expected to draw crowds to Annapolis on Monday.
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Sen. Patterson: I’ve Made Up My Mind on ‘End of Life Options Act’

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
With a Senate committee spending the entire afternoon Friday taking public testimony on a “death with dignity” bill, a lawmaker who caused a stir by declining to vote on a similar measure in 2019 said he has made up his mind.
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Senate Committee Approves Pimlico Renovation Bill

Publisher Name : WBAL
Just days after hearing testimony on the bill, the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee Friday approved a $389-million plan to renovate Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park.
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Senators keep LaPrade name on Md. cannabis commission

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
State senators were faced Friday with an unusually difficult vote on a proposed amendment that would have changed the title of the state’s medical cannabis commission because it is named for the mother of a disgraced state delegate.
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Frank DeFilippo: Sheila Dixon and the Well-Worn Road to Political Redemption

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
If Sheila Dixon wins a return engagement as the next mayor of Baltimore – and it appears as if she very well could – she won’t be the first person with a criminal record to win or make a comeback to public office, far from it.
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Opinion: I’m a Small Business Owner, and I Don’t Ask Applicants for Their Salary History

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Right now, there’s a “Salary History” bill before Maryland’s General Assembly (HB 123/SB 217) that would prohibit employers from forcing job applicants to disclose their salary history.
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