Senate debate leads to change of heart on elderly drivers’ bill

The bill sponsored by Sen. Shelly Hettleman, D-Baltimore County, would require drivers 85 and older to renew in person at an MVA office.
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ANNAPOLIS — A bill that would require drivers 85 years and older to renew their driver’s licenses in person  was rejected by the Maryland Senate Tuesday. The unusual result of a preliminary vote came after an intense debate about senior ...

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Hogan issues emergency order preventing garnishment of stimulus payments

"Right now we're continuing to (vaccinate) at the same pace, but we're having to do lots of creative things to get the same number of vaccinations done every day," says Gov. Larry Hogan. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

Gov. Larry Hogan Monday issued an emergency order prohibiting garnishment of Economic Impact Payments provided under H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The governor’s order provides that American Rescue Plan Act Economic Impact Payments are exempt from, ...

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Md. will continue to prioritize older residents for vaccine, official says

"There is no question in my mind that we are ready for whatever amount of vaccinations that the federal government is able to send us because of the infrastructure we're building," says acting Maryland Health Secretary Dennis Schrader.

Maryland’s acting health secretary told lawmakers that health officials plan to prioritize older residents as the state moves closer to opening up vaccinations for the general public. President Joe Biden last week called for all states to open up vaccinations for ...

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Ferguson dismisses proposed stimulus oversight panel

"This is, given our circumstances and our operations, this was a major accomplishment and I think all members in the Senate were proud to get this thing moving, because we know there are people that are hurting enormously and we want to see these resources get out to those who need it most," said Senate President Bill Ferguson.
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ANNAPOLIS — The leader of the Maryland Senate Friday rejected calls to create a legislative oversight panel to monitor how the state’s share a $1.9 trillion federal stimulus is spent. Comptroller Peter Franchot, the state’s top tax collector, called for ...

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Cost concerns dog bill to reimburse business property taxes

A stack of bills on the Senate rostrum during the 2020 General Assembly session (The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

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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