Headlines from HJM: Thursday, April 1, 2021

Jones Defends House Police Reform Bill Amid Fierce Late-Night Senate Debate

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Tensions ran high as House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones’ Police Reform and Accountability Act of 2021 received preliminary approval during a marathon Senate floor debate Wednesday night that stretched into the early morning hours Thursday.
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Maryland senators work late into night weighing police legislation as lawmakers try to reach deal on potential landmark changes

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
A battle over potential landmark policing legislation in Maryland returned Wednesday to the state Senate floor as lawmakers considered an amended version of a wide-ranging bill that, despite criticism from Republican legislators and police unions, sailed through the House of Delegates.
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Maryland moves toward repeal of the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Maryland is moving toward repealing its far-reaching law that codifies workplace protections for police officers accused of misconduct, an action that no other state with a Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights has taken in nearly half a century.
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‘They Almost Gutted the Bill,’ Pinsky Says as House Panel Amends Climate Legislation

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
A House subcommittee has drastically scaled back ambitious climate legislation. By adopting a spate of amendments Wednesday, the panel essentially ensured that two substantially different climate bills are moving through the General Assembly.
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Missteps marked Maryland’s COVID vaccine rollout, experts say: ‘We have to be willing to try different things’

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
After mingling early on among the states that rolled out their vaccines least efficiently, Maryland now finds itself in the middle. As of Wednesday, Maryland ranked 24th of 50 states and Washington, D.C., for the percentage of adults who have been completely immunized.
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HOUGH BLASTS NEW LAW THAT MAKES UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS ELIGIBLE FOR EXPANDED TAX CREDITS

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
Legislation that recently became law that makes some low-income undocumented immigrants eligible for an expansion of state and local earned income tax credits will encourage more undocumented immigrants to come to Maryland, according to Senate Minority Whip Michael Hough.
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Hogan, Legislative Leaders Unveil $3.9 Billion Supplemental Budget. We Break It Down

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) and House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) announced a coordinated plan to spend more than $3.9 billion in federal stimulus funding to help Maryland’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Expansive COVID-19 bill advancing in legislature

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
A bill that would require the Maryland Department of Health to create and implement a two-year plan for COVID-19 recovery by June 1, among other measures, is nearing passage in the General Assembly.
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Maryland to use federal stimulus aid for broadband, poor families

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Maryland’s political leaders plan to use the massive influx of federal stimulus money coming to the state for an unprecedented investment in expanding broadband access, both in the state’s rural reaches and its underserved urban communities that cannot afford to connect.
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Senate Gives Final Approval to Early Voting Center Expansion

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The Maryland Senate gave final approval to a bill expanding the number of early voting centers across the state Wednesday after a final round of heated partisan debate and failed Republican amendments.
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Hogan, legislative leaders detail how $3.9B in federal relief funds to be used

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Business owners in Maryland could see their unemployment insurance premiums reduced, broadband access in the state will be bolstered, and road and school projects funded as part of a $3.9 billion infusion of federal pandemic relief.
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