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Eye on Annapolis

The Daily Record's Maryland state government blog

Md. panel says public officials’ use of emails may constitute a meeting


Public officials will have to reconsider how they use electronic communications in the wake of a new opinion from the state’s Open Meeting Compliance Board. For more than 20 years electronic communications, such as emails and text messages, have been ...

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Hogan says he will find funds for rape testing kits

"We have $240 million that the legislature played political games with and put into a fenced-off area, which we said repeatedly we're not going to allow them to play those kind of games," Gov. Larry Hogan said last week. (File Photo)

CRISFIELD — Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday that he plans to find alternate funding for some programs for which he blocked spending earlier this month, including money to alleviate a backlog of untested rape kits. The money for those and other criminal ...

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Top Annapolis lobbying firm adds to its roster

The Maryland State House in 2019. (Maximilian Franz / Special to The Daily Record)

A top Annapolis lobbying firm is beefing up its roster, including the addition of a former longtime state senator. Perry, White, Ross & Jacobson Thursday announced it has added James “Ed” DeGrange and Brad Frome, who previously served as a ...

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Singh to step down as Md. National Guard adjutant general

Linda Singh

Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh, the first African American and female appointed as adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard, plans to retire later this summer, the govenor’s office announced Tuesday. “Since my first day in office, Major General Singh ...

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Ports tapped to head Md. Transportation Authority

Maryland Transportation Authority Executive Director Jim Ports. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

State Transportation Deputy Secretary James Ports has been tapped to lead the Maryland Transportation Authority. The announcement Thursday comes more than two months after the agency’s former executive director was abruptly forced to resign. As the new executive director, Ports ...

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Former aide seeks back pay, damages from Md. Delegate Jalisi

Del. Hasan M. "Jay" Jalisi, D-Baltimore County. (File Bryan P. Sears / The Daily Record)

A former aide to Del. Hasan “Jay” Jalisi, disciplined by the legislature this year for bullying his staff, has filed a claim against the Baltimore County Democrat seeking back wages and damages. Brian Agandi, of Middle River, filed the lawsuit ...

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Fenced-off funds may lead to standoff between Hogan, Democrats

Senator Nancy King, co-chair of the Joint Oversight Committee on Gaming said three bills introduced on the subject are in limbo and legislation would not likely be ready in time to put the issue before voters, should lawmakers decide to legalize it. (File)

Hundreds of millions of dollars in state aid could be in jeopardy as Gov. Larry Hogan considers whether he will release money set aside by the General Assembly. The legislature fenced off the money earlier this year — effectively barring Hogan ...

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Hogan urges Trump administration not to delay release of Tubman $20 bill

The Harriet Tubman Museum and Learning center in Cambridge, Maryland, contains a section documenting Harriet Tubman’s life as a slave on the Eastern Shore. (DANIEL KERRY/CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE)

Gov. Larry Hogan is calling on the U.S. Treasury to reconsider a decision to delay the release of a redesigned $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman. Hogan, in a letter released Tuesday, called on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to rescind a ...

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Md. lawmakers press for delay in toll road expansion plan

Traffic flows along interchanges that link the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270. (The Washington Post / Katherine Frey)

Nearly 60 Democratic lawmakers are asking the Board of Public Works to delay a vote on a plan that could lead to a toll lane expansion of two highways in the D.C. area. The letter released Monday is the latest effort ...

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Md. lawmakers say appointments to handgun permit board won’t save it

Del. Vanessa Atterbeary. (File Photo)

Sponsors of vetoed legislation abolishing the Handgun Permit Review Board praised the qualifications of three new appointments to that panel but say it’s unlikely the board will survive. Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican in his second term, announced five candidates to ...

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