Md. lawmakers line up for COVID-19 vaccinations

In this Monday, July 27, 2020 file photo, a nurse prepares a shot as a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway in Binghamton, N.Y. On Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, a panel of independent experts is meeting to discuss a vaccine made by Moderna. The panel's review for the Food and Drug Administration is the next-to-last step before the agency decides whether the shots can be used on an emergency basis.

ANNAPOLIS — The vast majority of lawmakers received the coronavirus vaccine this week as members of the House of Delegates prepare to return to full floor sessions in early February. Lawmakers, eligible under state and CDC guidelines, received COVID-19 vaccinations ...

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Maryland bill would give students mental health days off

Maryland Del. Alonzo Washington, D-Prince George, has sponsored a bill to give school students a day off each quarter to deal with mental health issues. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

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

Sen. Sarah Elfreth, D-Anne Arundel, is the Senate sponsor of one of two related bills that would seek to expand broadband access in Maryland. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

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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GOP lawmakers propose bills to spur return to in-class instruction

Maryland lawmakers will be considering how to end the digital divide as well as other problems in public education exposed by the coronavirus pandemic. (Depositphotos)

Maryland families could use state per-pupil funding to help pay for private school classes under a proposal from one Republican lawmaker, part of a package of bills designed to pressure public schools to reopen to in-person instruction. The bill, sponsored ...

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Maryland Dept. of Labor extends moratorium on residential forclosures

The Maryland State House.

The Maryland Department of Labor’s Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation Thursday announced the extension of a moratorium on new residential foreclosures through Feb. 28. The moratorium, originally established by the Governor’s executive order issued April 3, 2020 and ...

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State lawmakers are pushing to curb governors’ virus powers

The Statehouse building in Annapolis, (Maximilian Franz / The Daily Record)

Irritated by the sweeping use of executive orders during the COVID-19 crisis, state lawmakers in Maryland and around the U.S. are moving to curb the authority of governors and top health officials to impose emergency restrictions such as mask rules and business shutdowns.

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Md. police, lawmaker differ over school officer restrictions

St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron, right, speaks as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, left, listens during a March 20, 2018 news conference about the shooting at Great Mills High School. Cameron says proposed legislation would take away the essential community aspect of the school resource officer program, making the officers nothing more than bodyguards for hire. A school resource officer’s speedy response to the Great Mills shooting is credited with avoiding more bloodshed. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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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