Headlines from HJM: March 6, 2020

Md. hospitals warn services at risk with significant birth injury payments

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Maryland’s medical malpractice climate could make it harder for hospitals to continue to offer baby delivery services, hospital executives warned Thursday during testimony in favor of legislation to create a fund to pay for birth injuries.
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Redskins betting license added to bill advancing through Maryland legislature

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Maryland state senators have granted Redskins owner Daniel Snyder’s request to be included in the state’s prospective sports betting industry.
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Maryland casino revenue rises; Horseshoe the exception

Publisher Name : WTOP
Five of Maryland’s six casinos saw year-over-year gains in gaming revenue in February, while Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino continued to decline.
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Banning flavored tobacco will lead to black market sales and hurt small businesses | COMMENTARY

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
We all agree with the goal of addressing underage vaping. But some Maryland lawmakers are going too far and seizing on high youth e-vapor rates to introduce emergency bills (H.B. 3/S.B. 233) that criminalize the sale of all flavored tobacco products to anyone, including adults over 21.
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Maryland leaders make push to expand MARC service into DC, Virginia

Publisher Name : WTOP
State officials, business leaders and transit advocates testified Thursday in front of the Maryland House Environment and Transportation Committee to make the case for expanding MARC train service farther into D.C. and Virginia.
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With broad plan dead, Md. Democrats picking ‘winners and losers’ for sales tax

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
After abandoning a broad sales tax expansion plan the previous night, lawmakers Thursday added some businesses to a proposal to extend the sales tax to a cluster of services in Maryland as they attempt to cobble together revenues to pay for a signature education proposal.
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Asked if Julius Henson assisted with anti-Bill Henry robocalls and mailers, Pratt refuses to say

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
The longtime political operative, convicted for his role in the 2010 “relax” robocall, helped launch the comptroller’s political career.
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Baltimore City Council committee advances several charter amendments aimed at reform

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Members of a Baltimore City Council committee pressed forward with several proposed charter amendments designed to restructure the city’s legislative and budgeting process Thursday despite stark warnings from city administrators that the moves could be “disastrous” for the city’s finances.
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