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Biden, Yellen pan GOP virus aid as too small, urge action

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris meet with Republican lawmakers to discuss a coronavirus relief package, in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Washington. From left, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, Vice President Kamala Harris, Biden, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden told Senate Democrats on a private call Tuesday that a Republican alternative to his $1.9 trillion COVID rescue plan is insufficient as he urged lawmakers to boldly and swiftly confront the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis.

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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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Judge blocks 11th-hour Trump rule to limit health studies in EPA regs

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks during a Sept. 14, 2020, news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. A federal judge has blocked a rule issued by the Trump administration on Jan. 6 that would impose limits on what evidence could be considered when the agency issues pollution rules. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool, File)

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has blocked a last-minute rule issued by the Trump administration to limit what evidence the Environmental Protection Agency may consider as it regulates pollutants to protect public health. Former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the ...

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Virginia lawmakers squash repeal of civil commitment law

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RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia lawmakers have squashed a proposal to repeal a decades-old Virginia law that allows the state to hold certain sex offenders at a psychiatric facility after they complete their criminal sentences. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee ...

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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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