Headlines from HJM: Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Maryland Gov. Hogan to sign bill sending $577 million to state’s historically Black universities

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan — who previously said $200 million was sufficient to settle a lawsuit from the state’s historically Black universities — will put his signature on a law Wednesday to send nearly triple that amount of funding to the schools.
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Judicial Proceedings Committee Begins Debate on Controversial TRUST Act Legislation

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The TRUST Act would provide protections for Maryland’s undocumented residents and limit the ability of state and local government to share data with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal agencies.
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Baltimore County homeowners’ association orders kids’ basketball hoops removed; parents suspect discrimination | COMMENTARY

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
House Bill 1347 has passed the House, where it was submitted at the speaker’s request by Delegate Kumar P. Barve, a Montgomery County Democrat and chair of the Environment and Transportation Committee. It would “prohibit unreasonable limitations on the location and use of a portable basketball apparatus on property in which an individual owns or has exclusive right to use.”
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With more doses arriving, Md. expands vaccine program

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Maryland will expand eligibility for coronavirus vaccinations to residents with disabilities at the same time it plans on doubling the number of mass vaccination sites.
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Complaints filed about Maryland lawmaker who tuned into legislative meetings from the operating room

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Complaints have been filed with the Maryland Board of Physicians and the General Assembly’s ethics committee against a state lawmaker who twice joined legislative meetings by video from the operating room.
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Victims’ groups seek to end appearance fee in Md. protective orders

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Groups representing Maryland domestic violence victims are urging lawmakers to enact legislation barring circuit court clerks from charging attorneys an appearance fee in protective order proceedings, saying the $10 to $20 charge creates a needless hurdle to legal representation at a perilous time.
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Maryland to double mass COVID vaccination sites as Hogan, health officials warn of threat of virus variants

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday the state would double the number of state-run mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics by mid-April, while offering a new warning about the spread of coronavirus variants.
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Businessman David Blair to challenge Montgomery executive Marc Elrich in 2022

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Potomac businessman David Blair is announcing his bid for Montgomery County executive on Wednesday, becoming the first known challenger to incumbent Marc Elrich (D), who plans to seek reelection in 2022.
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Maryland General Assembly bill tracker: A look at key legislation

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland lawmakers have many weighty issues on the agenda for the 90-day General Assembly session that is under way in Annapolis. From policing reform to pandemic relief, we’re tracking key bills.
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Senate Committee Advances ‘Kirwan 2.0’ With Amendments

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
A Senate committee on Tuesday advanced a complementary bill to the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, the multi-billion-dollar education reform measure that was enacted into law this year.
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Maryland bill would let transgender people change names without advertising it

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Senate Bill 581 and House Bill 39 would require courts to honor any request for a waiver. Advocates say the bill would keep trans people safe by not forcing them to out themselves, while some opponents say the state shouldn’t pass laws requiring judges to rule a certain way.
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State and Local Leaders Push to Limit Maryland’s Relationship With ICE

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The TRUST Act, sponsored by Senate Judicial Proceedings Chairman William C. Smith Jr. (D-Montgomery), will be debated in the committee — which has been historically hostile to immigrants’ rights legislation — Tuesday afternoon.
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Maryland officials plan to make more new cars exempt from emissions testing

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland transportation officials plan to exempt cars 6 model years old or newer from emissions checks, a move that would double the amount of time new vehicles can go without testing.
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