Headlines from HJM: Thursday, September 17, 2020

Baltimore City Council bills aim to help laid-off hospitality workers reclaim their jobs

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
The Baltimore City Council will take up two bills this week that seek to help laid-off hotel and events workers head back to their jobs as businesses begin to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Tracking the ups and downs of the Purple Line’s roller coaster history

Publisher Name : Bethesda Magazine
The idea was conceived in the early 1980s as what one local politician referred to as “a Toonerville Trolley, a very modest little thing that just went back and forth all day long” on an old railroad bed between Bethesda and Silver Spring.
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In Impromptu Appearance, Jones and Ferguson Close Door on Special Session

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
In dramatic fashion, the presiding officers of the Maryland General Assembly slammed the door Wednesday night on holding a special legislative session this fall.
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Bills would put laid-off Baltimore hospitality workers first in line to get jobs back

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
With hotels and event centers beginning to reopen after laying off thousands due to Covid-19, unions are rallying in Baltimore to support City Council legislation intended to protect workers by putting them first in line to get their jobs back.
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Maryland lawmakers may force former Hogan chief of staff to answer questions about payout

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
A General Assembly committee with the power to subpoena witnesses has scheduled a special meeting next week, as lawmakers say they still have questions about a six-figure payout made to the governor’s former chief of staff.
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PROGRESSIVES DEMAND LEGISLATURE HOLD SPECIAL SESSION, BUT LEADERS REFUSE

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
The president of the Maryland Senate was there. Check. The speaker of the House of Delegates was there. Check. The other 46 senators and the other 140 delegates – except for two lone wolves – were missing in action.
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Senators Will Consider 15 Police Reform Bills Next Week. Here’s a Look at the Proposals

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee released a series of bills Wednesday evening that are set to be discussed at a virtual hearing next week, all of which focus on police accountability and reform.
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Opinion: Senator’s Reform Record Proves We Should Trust Black Women

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The gruesome murder of George Floyd opened the chasms of Maryland’s complicit history with police brutality.
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Md. officials say general availability of vaccine months away

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
A vaccine for COVID-19 might not be available to most Marylanders for six-eight months after a treatment receives emergency authorization from the federal government, according to Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson.
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Liquor Industry Pushes Back on Tax Hike to Ease Health Disparities

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Just as lawmakers are ramping up a proposal to raise the state’s liquor tax to pay for programs designed to narrow health disparities in the state, the alcohol industry is pushing back.
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Harford’s charter allows Glassman’s appointment of top administrative official to stand, despite council’s 4-3 vote against him

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Ben Lloyd was officially made the new director of the Glassman administration at Tuesday’s meeting of the Harford County Council, but not in a traditional way.
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