Headlines from HJM: Thursday, February 4, 2021

Proposed Maryland legislation expands hate crime law

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Judges will be allowed to require people charged with hate crimes to complete anti-bias education programs if a bill to expand the current Maryland hate crime law is passed.
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Feldman Pushes Cannabis Legalization, Ferguson Co-Signs

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Senate Finance Committee Vice-Chair Brian J. Feldman (D-Montgomery) has filed legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis and pump funding into communities that have been adversely impacted by its current criminalization.
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Choptank case and Jennings’ $25 million suit are Exhibit A in Annapolis

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
Lawmakers say recent efforts to intimidate Baltimore citizens with lawsuits show why Maryland’s SLAPP law must be strengthened
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$577M HBCU bill moves forward with overwhelming support

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
A bill that would settle a 14-year lawsuit between the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Higher Education, a group representing alumni of Maryland’s historically Black colleges and universities, and the state is off to a smooth start in the Senate, where it received preliminary approval with no debate.
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In Maryland’s largest suburb, an ambitious police overhaul agenda faces roadblocks

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
After the killing of George Floyd last year, residents of Maryland’s Montgomery County held more than 120 protests against police violence, joining communities across the country in a wave of civil unrest not seen since the 1960s.
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Maryland lawmakers seek to lock in transit repair funding

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
State lawmakers are pushing a transportation bill that would increase funding to the Maryland Transit Administration to make the state’s bus system, MARC train, Metro and Light Rail more safe and reliable.
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Bills Would Require State Agencies to Consider Climate Change in Key Decisions and Operations

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
As President Biden moves fast on climate change, with a slew of executive orders in his first weeks in office, Maryland lawmakers are considering bills to ensure that various state agencies and local governments are considering climate change in their key decisions.
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Hogan’s State of the State speech focuses on pandemic, economic relief

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
The coronavirus pandemic and Maryland’s response dominated Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2021 State of the State address as the virus has dominated nearly every aspect of his administration since March of last year.
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Hogan warns in State of the State speech of difficult path of ‘many months’ to vaccinating all Marylanders against COVID-19

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Gov. Larry Hogan urged all Marylanders Wednesday to get the coronavirus vaccine “when one becomes available to you,” but cautioned that it is going to be a long and difficult journey to get everyone vaccinated.
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Hogan urges resilience in State of State speech, warns of grim vaccination timeline

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday pledged to revive the economy, reopen schools and eventually vaccinate residents who want a shot, dedicating his penultimate State of the State speech to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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State AARP President: Working Marylanders Need Access to Paid Family Leave

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The United States is the only industrialized country that does not guarantee some form of paid family leave for workers, leaving too many Marylanders to face impossible choices. It does not have to be this way – as nine states and the District of Columbia have proven by creating paid family and medical leave laws. Maryland can join this list by passing legislation to create a paid family leave insurance program (SB 211/HB 375).
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$1.2B relief plan moves ahead, but counties fear a hit

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Maryland 24 major political subdivisions could lose $180 million in revenue under provisions of Gov. Larry Hogan’s pandemic aid bill. The potential for cuts to local government at a time when they are also struggling to keep up with the costs of a pandemic are cause for concern for local governments.
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