Headlines from HJM: Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Coronavirus restrictions force culture change for Maryland lawmakers, lobbyists, activists as session nears

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
The resurging coronavirus pandemic is forcing a culture shift in the state capital of Annapolis, where in past years the business of lawmaking happened in impromptu hallway meetings and during dinner receptions almost as often as in hearing rooms.
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Senate’s New GOP Leaders Pledge Cooperation But Vow to ‘Fight Back’ When Necessary

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The Maryland Senate’s new Republican leaders are more conservative than their predecessors ― but say they still plan to collaborate with their Democratic colleagues during the 2021 legislative session.
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Legislation to restrict governor’s emergency powers draws Hogan’s ire

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
A proposal to limit the governor’s authority to impose a state of emergency in practically unlimited 30-day periods is being derided by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.
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'NO EXPECTATIONS' - Maryland's General Assembly convenes for a legislative session unlike any other amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
The session starts as the pandemic continues to pummel businesses, who are looking for relief.
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Advocacy Group Taking Shape, Pittman Seeks ‘Common Ground’ on Development Issues

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
While he continues to run the day-to-day operations of Anne Arundel County government ― including the local COVID-19 response ― and begins to plot his 2022 reelection campaign, County Executive Steuart Pittman (D) is pressing ahead with plans for his new statewide political advocacy group, Future Matters.
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Hogan announces $1B pandemic relief plan

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Gov. Larry Hogan Monday said he will push for $1 billion in aid to businesses and individuals struggling financially as the coronavirus pandemic moves into a 10th month.
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Time To Care Act Would Establish Family, Medical Leave Insurance Program In Maryland

Publisher Name : CBS Baltimore
Maryland State Del. Kris Valerrama said she knows what it’s like to be questioned for taking leave to care for her children and aging mother. Valderrama is joining Sen. Antonio Hayes (D-Baltimore City) to sponsor the “Time to Care Act” which establishes a family and medical leave insurance program that employees may take up to 12 weeks of paid leave in Maryland.
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Preparing to Override Blueprint Bill Veto, Lawmakers Say State Has Enough Money to Fund It Through ’26

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Democrats intend to override Republican Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s veto of a 10-year multibillion-dollar education reform effort, but it may not happen until the middle of the General Assembly session.
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Maryland State Police preparing for armed protesters at State House next week as FBI issues nationwide warning

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
The Maryland State Police is preparing for the possibility of violence at the State House in Annapolis next week, after officials received an FBI bulletin that warned of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
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Veto override, more steps needed to improve education

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
As we transition to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, veto overrides to enact the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future and other important legislation that supports education and equity must be a priority when the General Assembly convenes.
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State House Security Beefed Up, Inauguration Travel Discouraged Amid Nationwide Threats

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maryland officials said security will be heighted around the State House and capital complex, as the FBI warned Monday of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C., in the days ahead.
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As scrutiny intensifies over deadly U.S. Capitol riots, Marylanders delete photos, social media trails

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
In Maryland and beyond, those who once bragged about overrunning the Capitol are now deleting their photos and falling silent.
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