Headlines from HJM: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Key Md. Democrats Hit GOP Relief Efforts in D.C. and Annapolis

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
U.S. Rep. David J. Trone (D-Md.) accused Republicans in Washington, D.C., and Annapolis of failing to step up to help those being hurt most severely by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Maryland Gov. Hogan to deliver State of the State speech Wednesday evening by video due to coronavirus precautions

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan plans to deliver his State of the State speech by video on Wednesday night because of precautions being taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
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General Assembly to conduct racial impact reviews of criminal justice bills

Publisher Name : WBAL
The Maryland General Assembly will become the fourth state legislature in the country to conduct racial impact statements as part of its legislative analysis, Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones announced Monday.
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What to do with billions in opioid settlements? Hopkins coalition has suggestions

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Hoping to avoid the mistakes of the massive 1990s tobacco industry settlement, a coalition led by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is offering guidance to state and local governments expected to reap billions from opioid litigation.
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Anne Arundel conservation group lauds county executive, Democratic council members’ environmental agenda; Republicans earn poor grades

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
A chapter of a Maryland conservation group has given top marks to Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and two Democratic County Council members for their environmental agenda since being elected.
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Jones and Ferguson to Require Racial Impact Statements in Bill Analyses

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) and Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore County) announced Monday that they plan to initiate a pilot program to include racial impact statements in the legislative analysis of criminal justice bills.
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CHISHOLM BLAMES THE HOGAN ADMINISTRATION FOR VACCINE ROLLOUT PROBLEMS

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
Maryland’s coronavirus vaccine distribution rollout has been less successful than that of many other states because the Hogan administration failed to implement a clear strategy and demonstrate concerted leadership, Del. Brian Chisholm said Monday.
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Baltimore municipal unions accuse city of breaching contracts with paycheck issues affecting thousands of workers

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Dismay over a payroll problem that has left thousands of Baltimore employees without pay or with incomplete paychecks grew Monday with the heads of nine unions notifying city leaders in writing that the city is violating its major employment contracts.
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Two State Lawmakers Seek to Revamp Prince George’s Schools’ Management Structure

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Dels. Julian Ivey (D) and Ronald L. Watson (D), in separate bills, want to eliminate the board’s four appointed seats and put the power of selecting full-term members exclusively back in the hands of voters.
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Md. high court leaves MTA fare sweeps in constitutional limbo

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Maryland’s top court has left unresolved whether state transit officers violate the constitutional rights of light-rail passengers by putting on a show of force in conducting a sweep of the train cars to ensure fares were paid.
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KIRWAN EDUCATION REFORMS ARE AT HIGH RISK OF REPEATING HISTORICAL DISAPPOINTMENTS

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
In this article, Maryland Reporter contributor Charlie Hayward, a life-long government auditor, takes a deep-dive into the accountability features in the legislation and finds numerous problems.
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Maryland’s House speaker to join Baltimore County leaders during Black History Month Conversation Series

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
In honoring Black History Month, Baltimore County will hold a virtual series featuring four local leaders, including Maryland House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones, to discuss their “successes, the barriers they have faced, and the path forward” to racial equity, according to a news release.
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Opinion: Override Hogan’s Veto on Blueprint. Make Educating Future Generations a Priority

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
As the coronavirus pandemic rages and exacerbates major racial inequities in Maryland education, the current state legislative session is proving to be more pivotal and potentially instrumental in determining Maryland’s future.
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Baltimore’s surveillance plane contract could be terminated by spending board this week

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore’s grounded surveillance plane program will face a vote from the city’s spending board this week as members consider whether to formally terminate the city’s agreement.
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