Headlines from HJM: Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Leaders Confident Police Reform Will Pass as Clock Ticks Closer to Sine Die

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
With less than a week until the Maryland General Assembly adjourns Sine Die, lawmakers are still struggling to craft one cohesive police reform package to be sent to the governor’s desk. But House and Senate leaders continue to express hope that their differences can be reconciled and that the historic legislation will be sent to Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) by 11:59 p.m. next Monday.
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Top Democrats in Maryland General Assembly project confidence on policing legislation

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Top leaders of the Maryland General Assembly sounded notes of confidence Monday that a deal on major policing legislation is well within reach during the legislative session’s final week, despite some of their key members trading barbs over the state of negotiations.
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Crime victims allege Baltimore police violate 4th Amendment

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
A civil rights group has alleged in a lawsuit filed last week in federal district court that the Baltimore Police Department routinely violates the constitutional rights of violent crime victims by searching, seizing and retaining their personal property without a warrant or consent.
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Maryland to open COVID vaccine eligibility to all adults, starting Tuesday at mass vaccination sites

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Everyone in Maryland who is 16 or older will be eligible next week to get the coronavirus vaccine at any site offering shots in the state, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday.
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Two long-sought bills that would change parole for inmates advance in Maryland

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Maryland is on the verge of enacting two laws that would dramatically change sentencing for convicted felons, measures that advocates have pushed for years to address inequity in the criminal justice system.
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Maryland Faces ‘Extreme’ Threat of Gerrymandering, New Report Says

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maryland is under “extreme” risk for gerrymandering when lawmakers draw up new election districts, according to a new report from an anti-corruption watchdog group.
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Baltimore City Council passes bill offering renters security deposit alternatives over concerns from some members

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore City Council passed a bill Monday that would give renters additional options for paying security deposits over the concerns of several council members and advocacy groups who said tenants could still end up on the hook for damage to their homes.
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House Lawmakers Advance Narrower Essential Worker Protection Legislation

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
An emergency bill to protect essential workers during public health emergencies is moving through the Maryland General Assembly. However, with less than a week remaining in the legislative session, it faces a tough timeline for final passage.
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Anne Arundel lawmakers pass some bills, push on others as 2021 Maryland General Assembly starts final week

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
There is one week left in the Maryland General Assembly, giving lawmakers days to make a final push to get their bills on the governor’s desk before Sine Die, the last day of the session.
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Analysis: Why Dennis Schrader Sailed Through His Senate Confirmation

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The state senators who expressed ambivalence about the nomination of Dennis R. Schrader to be Maryland’s secretary of Health on Friday were, in many respects, mirroring the public’s mixed feelings about his agency’s most high-profile task — the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.
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Howard County Council requires gender-inclusive single-user restrooms, passes other legislation

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
At its monthly legislative session Monday night, the Howard County Council unanimously approved legislation requiring gender-inclusive single-user restrooms, legislation requiring developers to provide a certain amount of moderate-income housing in Transit Oriented Development, and legislation requiring financial disclosures related to zoning matters.
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