Headlines from HJM: Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Confused About the Rules of the 2021 Legislative Session? We’re Here to Help

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
As COVID-19 continues to ravage the state, Wednesday marks the beginning of what could be dubbed the most unusual legislative session in the history of the Maryland General Assembly.
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For legislative leaders, it’s COVID, COVID and COVID

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones would probably be happy for a less historic sophomore year. An ongoing pandemic may make that difficult to come by.
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A Legislative Session Like No Other

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The 442nd session of the Maryland General Assembly opens Wednesday under conditions that were completely unimaginable a year ago.
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Legislative session 2021: Virus or not, there’s important work to be done in Maryland | COMMENTARY

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
If there is one certainty facing Maryland’s 188 state lawmakers as they return to Annapolis, it’s the unconventional circumstances of the annual 90-day legislative session: acrylic screens around desks, social distancing, online hearings.
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Sen. Washington & Del. Jazz Lewis: Time to End the Sale of Flavored Tobacco in Maryland

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The story of inequity and inequality is not a new one in our state’s history, and the COVID 19 pandemic has brought to the forefront several long standing issues that have historically plagued minority communities.
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For participants, Howard County Restaurant Weeks mean opportunity amid pandemic

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Lourdes Pinto didn’t think her Clarksville restaurant, Tasty Empanadas, was “fancy” enough to participate in the biannual Howard County Restaurant Weeks & Craft Beverages event this past summer. With some convincing, Pinto, 42, ultimately signed her Paraguayan restaurant up for the July event, calling it “the best decision ever.”
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Meet the Freshmen: New Faces for the 442nd General Assembly Session

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
When the unusual and heavily restricted 2021 Maryland legislative session kicks off on Wednesday, there will be some new faces in the General Assembly.
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Hogan addresses pandemic relief, vaccines, police reform

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Speaking just hours before the General Assembly is set to convene, Gov. Larry Hogan urged lawmakers Wednesday morning to pass as soon as possible his proposed $1 billion Relief Act for Maryland businesses and residents hardest hit by the pandemic-spurred economic freefall.
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Lawmakers Unveil an Ambitious Climate Action Plan for Maryland

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maryland would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60% and plant 5 million trees by 2030, under a revamped, ambitious climate change bill that lawmakers plan to introduce in this year’s General Assembly session.
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Hogan calls GOP delegate who attacked Pence a ‘Q-Anon conspiracy theorist’

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Tuesday that a Republican state delegate who called Vice President Pence a traitor during last week’s breach of the U.S. Capitol was a “Q-Anon conspiracy theorist.”
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Hogan’s Latest Redistricting Gambit: A 9-Member Commission

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) has launched his latest attempt to bring nonpartisan redistricting to Maryland, announcing Tuesday that he has signed an executive order creating a commission to make recommendations for the congressional and legislative maps that he will submit to the General Assembly ahead of the 2022 election.
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GLPI Promotes Steven Ladany In Merger, Acquisition And Development Lead

Publisher Name : Inked In
Gaming and Leisure Properties the real estate investment trust, has promoted Steven Ladany to the position of senior vice president and chief development officer, heading the ongoing merger, acquisition and development activities of the company.
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Legislative Leaders, Frosh Lay Out Racial Justice Priorities for Legislative Session

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Racial equity is slated to be a big-ticket item during the 2021 legislative session. House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County), Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) and Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) have all convened workgroups to study the issue in recent months and this week released their respective legislative agendas.
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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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