Headlines from HJM: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Bills Would Expand Ballot Drop-Boxes, Allow Voters to Automatically Receive Absentee Ballots

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
After Maryland voters overwhelmingly embraced mail-in voting last year, state legislators are looking to permanently expand and improve the state’s absentee ballot system.
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Positive results for COVID on rapid tests at State House complex; multiple Maryland senators miss floor session

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Positive results from “several” rapid coronavirus tests at the State House complex kept a number of senators off the chamber floor Tuesday morning and in a precautionary quarantine as lawmakers awaited the results of more accurate tests.
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Members of state Senate and aides test positive for COVID-19

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
An undisclosed number of state senators and their staff have preliminarily tested positive for the coronavirus, potentially affecting one committee working on controversial police reform and accountability legislation.
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Olszewski highlights partnership with United Way for innovative eviction prevention program

Publisher Name : Nottingham MD
In the latest effort to strengthen the safety net for families suffering economic losses as a result of the pandemic, Baltimore County and United Way of Central Maryland have partnered to help prevent evictions in vulnerable communities through the Strategic Targeted Eviction Prevention (STEP) pilot program.
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Montgomery County to bring students back to school in March and April

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Despite protest from teachers and parents, elected officials in Montgomery County are moving ahead with a plan expected to gradually bring students back into school buildings in March and April.
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House Advances Proposal to Provide Relief for Thousands of Immigrant Taxpayers

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Members of the Maryland House Ways and Means Committee voted Tuesday night to move forward with a proposal to provide relief for thousands of tax-paying immigrants, paving the way for a floor vote.
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Md. lawmakers consider bill to repeal Hopkins police force

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
A plan to create a private police force at Johns Hopkins University is once again being debated in the Maryland General Assembly, just months after the university announced it was delaying the force’s creation in light of protests against police brutality that sparked last summer.
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Supreme Court to take up appeal of abortion rule that Baltimore challenged

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
The Supreme Court said Monday that it will hear an appeal over the Trump administration policy that keeps taxpayer-funded clinics from referring women for abortions. Baltimore had urged the justices not to hear the case, arguing that the ban on abortion referrals would likely be repealed by President Joe Biden.
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Md. House strips spousal privilege from post-crime weddings

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
The protection criminal defendants have against their spouses testifying against them would not apply in cases when the wedding occurred after the alleged crime was committed, under legislation the House of Delegates passed Tuesday.
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Wes Moore Actively Exploring 2022 Bid for Governor

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Wes Moore, the Baltimore born and bred author, anti-poverty advocate and social entrepreneur, is actively contemplating seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in 2022.
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Community groups call on Pr. George’s to ‘clean house’ at police department

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
A group of community organizations, social justice advocates and family members whose loved ones were killed by officers demanded Prince George’s County leaders “clean house” at the police department and “install a new administration” through a transparent process.
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Anne Arundel police officer who allegedly put his knee on a suspect’s neck challenges recommendation he be fired

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
An Anne Arundel County police detective who allegedly put his knee on the neck of a Black man pinned to the ground in 2019 will face a trial board, arguing to overturn a recommendation that he be fired.
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Md. bill would require victims be told why charges were dropped

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Prosecutors who decline or withdraw charges against an alleged sexual assaulter would have to tell the alleged victim why, under legislation brought before a Senate committee Tuesday.
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Bill Requiring Senate Confirmation for State Superintendent Moves Forward, Despite Skepticism

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
A proposed emergency bill that would require Senate confirmation for the state superintendent of schools has raised the eyebrows of the State Board of Education members, as well as Republican lawmakers.
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Maryland, citing traffic relief, recommends current Bay Bridge as best site for a new span

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Building another span at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge would relieve the most traffic congestion, cause the least amount of environmental damage and cost the least of three sites considered, the Maryland Transportation Authority said Tuesday.
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Students Will Sit For Up To Seven Hours of Standardized Tests This Spring

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The Maryland State Board of Education voted Tuesday to administer the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP), a new statewide assessment that is shorter than previous statewide tests.
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