Headlines from HJM: Thursday, January 21, 2021

Maryland lawmakers begin review of Gov. Hogan’s $49B state budget

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Democratic leaders in the Maryland General Assembly got their first look Wednesday at Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s $49 billion proposed state budget.
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Hogan Releases $49.35 Billion Budget, With Slight Dip in State Spending

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
In the hours after it was officially introduced, lawmakers in the General Assembly said Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s proposed budget represented a promising, bipartisan framework to guide the recovery of Maryland and Marylanders after the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Gov. Larry Hogan presents a $49.35 billion budget for fiscal 2022

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Gov. Larry Hogan (R) predicted this week that leaders of the Democratic-controlled General Assembly would not have much to complain about when he released his $49.35 billion budget for fiscal 2022. And, he was right — at least, to a degree.
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Bill aims to put curbs on BPW’s budget-cutting powers

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Democratic lawmakers are seeking additional limits on the sweeping powers to cut the state budget now held by Maryland’s governor and the Board of Public Works.
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Gridlock made a Maryland student the deciding vote on a school board. One lawmaker wants that to end.

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Del. Reid Novotny said he introduced legislation Wednesday in the General Assembly to strip student school board members in Maryland of their vote if it is a “deciding vote” on a motion.
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Lawmakers Consider Protections for Transit Operators, Sports Officials

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
On Wednesday, the head of the Maryland Transit Administration and union leaders told members of a Senate panel that assaults on bus and subway operators are getting worse — and that state laws must be updated to provide frontline transit workers with the same protections afforded other government personnel.
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Md. Senate panel considers bill to expand marijuana decriminalization

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Legislation that would nearly triple the amount of marijuana a person could possess before being considered a criminal came before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Wednesday.
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BILL TO REPEAL SPOUSAL DEFENSE FOR SEX CRIMES FINDS FIERY REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Wednesday saw the contentious debate over legislation that would repeal the spousal exemption from prosecution for rape and other sexual offenses.
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Baltimore to allow indoor and outdoor dining to resume Friday, with one hour time limit for patrons

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Six weeks after shutting down on-premise dining in all city restaurants, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced that eateries can reopen for indoor and outdoor dining at limited capacity beginning at the end of the week. But diners will be limited to one hour, and must sign their names upon entering and leaving.
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‘The House Is on Fire’: Prisoners’ Rights Activists Call on Hogan to Act Immediately

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
More than a dozen prisoners’ rights organizations have issued a list of demands to Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Robert Green, Maryland Parole Commission Chairman David R. Blumberg and Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, calling on them to take action to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in state correctional facilities.
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ACLU: Racial disparities persist in Baltimore policing, as thousands of citizen complaints go unheeded

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
On average, 12 violent encounters take place every day between police and residents. A detailed look at how racial bias and officer misconduct distort law enforcement.
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Senate president forms oversight panel on vaccine rollout

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
A top Maryland lawmaker announced Tuesday that he is forming an oversight panel to monitor the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, after criticizing “unacceptable” levels of confusion about vaccine access, administration and distribution in the state.
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Franchot, Olszewski, Alsobrooks top fundraisers among Maryland politicians

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland’s only announced candidate for governor, Democrat Peter Franchot, heads into the 2022 campaign season with more than $2.2 million in the bank.
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Franchot Banks $2.2 Million, But Alsobrooks and Olszewski Raised More in Past Year

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
State Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D), the sole declared candidate for governor in 2022, had $2.2 million in his campaign treasury as of a week ago ― a solid financial foundation at this stage of the election cycle for what is likely to be a crowded Democratic primary.
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