Hogan announces expansion of vaccine program over next two weeks
Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday that Maryland would be expanding the distribution of coronavirus vaccine in the coming weeks. Starting Monday, Jan. 18, Maryland will move into phase 1B of its vaccination plan. That group includes those in assisted living and other congregate settings; all Marylanders over age 75; and teachers and support staff and ...
Md. bill would strip spousal privilege from post-crime weddings
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 Judiciary Committee considered Thursday. The longstanding “spousal privilege” against testifying is rooted in the belief that the important bond of marriage – rooted in love, ...
Maryland retailers look to legislative session to support businesses across the state
The COVID-19 pandemic has raged across retailers large and small with repercussions that will be felt long after the sting of the vaccine needles fade. Businesses across the state are struggling and when they suffer, their employees and consumers are directly affected. When the Maryland General Assembly convenes for the 2021 legislative session in January, ...
Environmental bills need to cross the finish line in 2021
Collectively, the deep exhale we took when President-elect Joe Biden’s win was officially cemented by the Electoral College can’t be understated. The return to relative normalcy will be savored by policymakers and average folks alike; especially on climate, which according to a March Pew Research poll remained a top concern among Democrats even amid the ...
Session's first day: No crowds, no traffic in a 'ghost town'
On any other opening day of the Maryland General Assembly, Gov. Larry Hogan would likely have been acting as a host greeting returning lawmakers — whom he once compared to college students on spring break — to the State House. This year, there were no handshakes in Lawyers Mall. There were no fist bumps from ...
Pandemic recovery and the state's competitive edge
With the COVID-19 pandemic threatening the health of Marylanders and disrupting the economy, the 2021 session of the Maryland General Assembly is shaping up to be unique and challenging. In a recent virtual meeting with business leaders, Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones said addressing the public health and economic effects ...
Legislative package seeks to address causes of health inequities
Racial health disparities have become more stark than ever before in the wake of a pandemic that has disproportionately affected Black and Latino communities nationwide and within the state of Maryland, lawmakers say. That’s why Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk, D-Anne Arundel and Prince George’s, is sponsoring a slew of health equity-related legislation that she has worked ...
Veto override, more steps needed to improve education
Remediating learning loss. Supporting struggling learners. Making sure that we have safe and healthy school buildings. Delivering the social-emotional, career and technology and wraparound support services that students need. As we transition to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, veto overrides to enact the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future and other important legislation that supports education and ...
Hogan wants lawmakers to act quickly on COVID relief
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. “I’d like to see them bring it right to the floor,” Hogan said ...
Hogan scheduled to have surgery for cancerous cells Friday
Gov. Larry Hogan announced that he was scheduled to have surgery to remove cancerous cells on his face and shoulder on Friday. Hogan made the announcement during The Daily Record's Eye on Annapolis Summit before the opening of the legislative session.