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Maryland bill would give students mental health days off (access required)

A bill in the Maryland state Legislature would grant school students excused absences for mental health reasons. Under the proposed law, students would be allowed to skip school once every quarter — without needing a doctor’s note. Sponsored by Del. ...

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Legislators look to plug in disconnected Marylanders (access required)

Maryland state lawmakers aim to amend inequities in broadband internet access that the coronavirus pandemic has accentuated. “There’s a great deal of urgency now,” said Sen. Sarah Elfreth, D–Anne Arundel, the Senate sponsor for one of two related bills presented ...

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Md. police, lawmaker differ over school officer restrictions (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — School resource officers in Maryland may soon only enter schools mainly during an emergency — a plan the bill sponsor says will help minority students feel more comfortable, but police say presents safety concerns. SB0245, sponsored by Sen. ...

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Protecting the mental health of Maryland police officers (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland police officers who are dealing with stressors — such as family issues, substance abuse or mass protests — will have access to confidential mental health aid under a bill progressing in the state Legislature. The Police Officers ...

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Bill would allow Md. high schools to teach students about risks of gambling (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland high schools may soon be required to adopt a curriculum on gambling addiction, depending on the fate of one bill in the state legislature. SB0243, sponsored by Sen. Bryan Simonaire, R-Anne Arundel, directs the Maryland State Department ...

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