Headlines from HJM: Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Lawmakers Advance Bills to Reform Legislative Vacancy Process

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maryland lawmakers advanced legislation Tuesday that would reform the process for filling legislative vacancies.
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Anne Arundel council amends bill to affect the next state of emergency

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
The Anne Arundel County Council amended a bill limiting limit local states of civil emergency to 45 days, ensuring it wouldn’t apply to the current coronavirus-induced state of emergency.
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Md. bill would curb some medical debt collection practices

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
A coalition of 48 Maryland organizations, dubbed End Medical Debt Maryland, is pushing for a comprehensive bill that would protect patients from medical debt collections in a variety of ways, including forbidding hospitals from suing patients who owe less than $1,000
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VAN HOLLEN, STATE LAWMAKERS, URGE ACTION TO ADDRESS HOUSING CRISIS

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen teamed up with Maryland’s state lawmakers on Tuesday to emphasize the need for legislative action to help avert an eviction crisis spurned by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Tensions Flare in Senate Committee Over Juvenile Justice Bill

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Delores G. Kelley (D-Baltimore County) presented a bill Tuesday that would prohibit judges from sentencing juvenile offenders to life without the possibility of parole.
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Who gets checks, tax breaks — and when — from Maryland’s coronavirus pandemic RELIEF Act package?

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
The RELIEF Act is the Republican governor’s signature effort of the current General Assembly session. It’s a more than $1 billion combination of direct payments, tax breaks and business aid aimed at helping those taking the worst financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Panel discussion to focus on women’s issues in General Assembly

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Legislators and advocates are aiming to address some of the issues exasperated by the pandemic during the current General Assembly. The Daily Record will be hosting an online panel discussion Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. entitled “Women Who Lead: Bills affecting women in the Maryland Legislature.”
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State education officials review complaints of impropriety in Prince George’s

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Six weeks after a new chairwoman took over, the school board in Prince George’s County is mired in a controversy involving alleged improprieties in contracts and overreaches by leadership, claims that are being examined by Maryland education officials.
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Census Data Delay Likely Means No Redistricting Session This Fall

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The U.S. Census Bureau’s decision to delay releasing population data until fall almost certainly guarantees that Maryland lawmakers won’t redraw the state’s political boundaries before next year, political analysts said on Tuesday.
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Franchot says pandemic relief checks on the way

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Comptroller Peter Franchot vowed that his agency would quickly process more than $200 million in pandemic relief checks but criticized Gov. Larry Hogan and the Maryland General Assembly for failing to help tens of thousands of others.
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