Headlines from HJM: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

As U.S. Reckons With Racism, Peña-Melnyk Offers Bills to Reduce Health Care Gaps

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Following Maryland’s recent reckoning with socio-economic and criminal justice inequities in its communities of color, House Health and Government Operations Committee Vice-Chair Joseline Peña-Melnyk (D-Prince George’s) has presented three bills that seek to identify and eliminate health disparities, too.
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Maryland Gov. Hogan’s ‘RELIEF Act’ gets first review by state lawmakers

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland lawmakers on Tuesday began scrutinizing Gov. Larry Hogan’s pandemic relief plan, which includes stimulus payments to low-income residents and a series of tax breaks.
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Charm City Circulator is thrown a financial lifeline

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
Federal CARES Act money will be used to shore up Baltimore’s hard-pressed free bus system.
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Del. Nicole Williams: Conversations About Police Reform Must Address Sexual Misconduct by Officers

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The death of George Floyd showed us that we have a duty to ensure that those entrusted as law enforcement officers and granted the authority to serve and protect our communities are acting with the highest and most esteemed judgment and an eye for equality.
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Anne Arundel County has selected a seller for police body cameras, plans to implement starting July 1

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Anne Arundel County will purchase about 1,500 body-worn cameras from law enforcement equipment technology company Axon for implementation starting in July, police spokesperson Sgt. Kam Cooke said Monday.
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Hogan announces mass vaccination clinics to open across the state

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
The first of a half-dozen mass vaccination clinics are expected to be up and running as soon as next week. The regional facilities mark the initial efforts of the state to offer coronavirus vaccinations at regional locations much as it did testing last year.
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Rental Housing Group Gets New State House Lobbyist

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The Maryland Multi-Housing Association, a trade association for owners and managers of multi-family homes and apartments, has hired a new lobbyist.
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Harford County announces four-stage plan for reopening outdoor, indoor recreation facilities and activities

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Harford County announced a four-stage plan to resume indoor and outdoor recreational activities Tuesday, signaling that some outdoor programs can resume next week, but indoor programs will have to wait a while longer.
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State Officials Explore Ways to Remedy Learning Loss as Public School Enrollment Declines

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maryland’s public schools saw a 3% decline in enrollment during the first quarter this year, as exposure to the coronavirus continues to keep most students and teachers at home. Now, state education officials are grappling with how to deal with the resulting learning loss.
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Texas philanthropists say they’re backing out of financing surveillance plane technology that flew over Baltimore

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
The investors who financed the surveillance plane that monitored Baltimore from the sky for two controversial trial runs are walking away from funding the technology.
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Regional Rail Vision Aims to Stitch Md., Va. and D.C. Closer Together

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The Greater Washington Partnership — a business community think tank — says a new regional rail vision that includes Maryland, Washington and the federal government is crucial to maximizing Virginia’s investments.
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Howard County receives $9.7M from U.S. Treasury for rental assistance

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) was awarded a $9.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Treasury to provide rent and utility assistance.
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Can the cannabis industry be an agent of social justice? Or is it just another big business?

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
While some liken legal pot to a gold rush, Jason White — who is African American and Cuban — talks of repairing communities harmed by the war on drugs.
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Josh Kurtz: Campaign Finance Reports Reorder the 2022 Election — Not!

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Well, we’ve had time to read through and absorb the latest round of state campaign finance reports, and here’s our big takeaway: State Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) has the most money and is the obvious frontrunner in the 2022 gubernatorial election.
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