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Cash-rich restaurateurs see opportunities to expand

Prior to the pandemic, Josh Phillips successfully operated Espita, a Mexican restaurant that catered to budget-minded foodies in Washington’s upscale Mt. Vernon Square neighborhood. But like many other restaurants in the metropolitan area — and the nation — business collapsed ...

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Expansive COVID-19 bill advancing in legislature

A bill that would require the Maryland Department of Health to create and implement a two-year plan for COVID-19 recovery by June 1, among other measures, is nearing passage in the General Assembly. With a price tag of at least ...

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Bill to repeal spousal defense for sexual crimes moves to House

A Maryland bill that would repeal the prohibition on prosecuting some sexual crimes against a victim who is the spouse of the assailant has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee after passing through the Senate in a unanimous vote. ...

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Dozens of Md. biohealth companies responding to the pandemic

When Novavax Inc. received $1.6 billion last year from the federal government to speed up testing and production of a coronavirus vaccine, some observers were incredulous. The small biotechnology firm, based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, was largely unknown and had never ...

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Judges, experts: Federal judiciary lacks racial and gender diversity

Judges from all levels of the U.S. court system and legal experts told a congressional panel in Washington Thursday that the federal judiciary needed greater racial and gender diversity. “I feel there is a cost when voices are missing from ...

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Md. bill would publicize monetary settlements with police

Local law enforcement agencies could be required to submit an annual report detailing incidents that resulted in either a monetary settlement or judgment against a police officer to the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim Services. HB1248, with ...

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Cost concerns dog bill to reimburse business property taxes

A Maryland lawmaker is vying for the state to reimburse personal property taxes to businesses reeling from the pandemic, though the refund could cost the state an estimated $365 million. Last year, Maryland businesses paid an average of $2,860 in ...

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Bill would lessen punishment for some teen sexting

A bill that defines how to handle juveniles charged with sexting in Maryland passed in the House with a wide majority on Wednesday. The bill, which passed on a vote of 131-8, doesn’t legalize sexting for juveniles, but it defines ...

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College athletes could be paid for endorsements under Md. bill

College athletes could be allowed to profit off of their name, image and likeness, and would be better protected under a bill that passed the Maryland House of Delegates this week. HB0125 and its cross-file, SB0439, with sponsors Del. Brooke ...

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