Headlines from HJM: Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Jones’ Heavily Amended Police Reform Bill Hits the House Floor

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The Police Accountability Act of 2021, a major law enforcement reform measure sponsored by House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) hit the House floor for an initial airing Tuesday morning.
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Bars, restaurants, Camden Yards: What lifting Maryland’s COVID restrictions might look like

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland will become the latest state to lift capacity restrictions on bars, restaurants, stores and a slew of other establishments, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday. Despite an ongoing lack of vaccine supply, the governor cited improved coronavirus metrics and a goal of stimulating the economy.
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Hogan lifts most pandemic restrictions on businesses

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Maryland businesses will move closer to a pre-pandemic normal as part of a set of orders issued by Gov. Larry Hogan Tuesday that will remove most restrictions.
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House Panel Moves Relief for Tenants – With Sweeping Cuts

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The Maryland House Judiciary Committee advanced a heavily cut-back relief proposal for tenants Tuesday night, drawing criticism from housing rights advocates who say the trimmed-down legislation doesn’t help enough.
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6 Md. jurisdictions sued over vaccine eligibility for people with disabilities

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
A nonprofit organization that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Maryland has filed a lawsuit against six jurisdictions it claims barred people with these disabilities from accessing the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Legislating in the Pandemic: ‘The Quiet Is So Loud’

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
With COVID-19 necessitating myriad restrictions in the State House and legislative campus, lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists, advocates and journalists find themselves missing and craving human contact.
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10 climate bills to watch in the Maryland General Assembly this session

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Numerous environmental bills are working their way through Maryland’s legislature this session, as lawmakers tout the urgency of acting to slow climate change. Here are 10 bills to watch:
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Bill Would Make Mail-In Ballot Materials Easier to Understand

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
As Maryland lawmakers weigh measures to permanently expand mail-in ballots, a Democratic legislator wants to make mail-in voting materials easier for voters to understand.
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Maryland organization that supports people with disabilities sues five counties and Baltimore City, alleging vaccine discrimination

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Several Maryland counties made changes to their websites Tuesday after an organization that advocates for and supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities filed a lawsuit against them, alleging they are providing members of the community unequal access to COVID-19 vaccines.
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Delegate Seeks to Eliminate Property Tax Breaks For Country Clubs

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
House Bill 1120, introduced by Del. Gabriel Acevero (D-Montgomery), is the legislature’s latest attempt to repeal longstanding property tax breaks for golf courses and country clubs.
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Poll finds Md. Republicans more likely to decline vaccine

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Republicans in Maryland are more likely than Black residents to refuse a vaccine, according to a new Goucher College Poll released Monday.
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Maryland Senate Debates How to Fund Omnibus Climate Bill

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maryland Senate Republicans tried Tuesday to change how a sweeping climate action bill would be paid for by offering two amendments with alternative funding strategies, but both efforts failed in votes on the Senate floor.
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New State Revenue Estimates Track With Pre-COVID Forecasts

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maryland’s economic recovery from a virus-induced recession continues to exceed expectations, and the state’s top fiscal leaders agreed Tuesday on revenue estimates that include a $299 million more for the 2022 fiscal year than was predicted even three months ago.
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