Headlines from HJM: Thursday, January 14, 2021

Promises to Work Together — But Also Glaring Differences — as Unprecedented Session Begins

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
On the first day of the Maryland General Assembly’s 442th session, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) and Democratic leaders of the legislature pledged to work collaboratively on shared priorities — economic relief for needy residents, boosting distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, and aid for struggling businesses chief among them.
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Maryland legislature gets down to the ‘people’s business’ with less pomp, more reflection on 2021 opening day

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
In the midst of a turbulent time in American politics and with the coronavirus pandemic raging, Maryland’s state lawmakers convened their annual legislative session Wednesday.
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Session’s first day: No crowds, no traffic in a ‘ghost town’

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
On any other opening day of the Maryland General Assembly, Gov. Larry Hogan would likely have been acting as a host greeting returning lawmakers — whom he once compared to college students on spring break — to the State House.
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Maryland lawmakers return to Annapolis for start of unusual 90-day session

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Maryland lawmakers convened under bizarre and “surreal” circumstances in Annapolis Wednesday, launching a 90-day General Assembly session unlike any other in its history.
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Hogan Opens Session With Controversial Appointments

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Hours before the General Assembly gaveled in for its 442nd session Wednesday, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) announced a round of appointments that could prove controversial in the Democratic legislature.
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HOW GAMBLING REGULATIONS AFFECT PLAYERS IN MARYLAND

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
Maryland is certainly not among the US states that are hostile to gambling and keeps on building on the growth, which is driven by the industry. There are a number of regulated markets within the territory of the state, and as it seems, its residents support the idea of expanding the range of the legal forms of gambling further.
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Pandemic recovery and the state’s competitive edge

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
With the COVID-19 pandemic threatening the health of Marylanders and disrupting the economy, the 2021 session of the Maryland General Assembly is shaping up to be unique and challenging.
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Also Missing State Lawmakers: Annapolis Bars and Restaurants

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
James J. King has fond memories of opening days of the Maryland General Assembly. As a former Republican legislator from Anne Arundel County, he says it was always a festive time to greet friends and colleagues who often gathered for lunch or dinner.
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FERGUSON: ‘THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE EASY’

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
Senate President Bill Ferguson kicked off the start of the 442nd session of Maryland General Assembly on Wednesday afternoon with a sobering observation that came as his 46 fellow lawmakers listened on from their respective glass booths that were installed to help maintain social distancing in the chamber and to protect members from COVID-19.
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Legislative package seeks to address causes of health inequities

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Racial health disparities have become more stark than ever before in the wake of a pandemic that has disproportionately affected Black and Latino communities nationwide and within the state of Maryland, lawmakers say.
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Lobbyists Out in the Cold — and One on the Inside

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The State House is sealed shut to the public — only lawmakers and a select few staff and reporters are allowed inside. Legislative office buildings are also almost entirely off-limits. In other words, there is no lobby in which to lobby.
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Baltimore Council President Nick Mosby calls for delay in water rate increase

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
In the wake of a damning investigation into Baltimore’s water system and as city residents continue to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, City Council President Nick Mosby called Wednesday for a delay in a water rate increase planned for July.
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