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Session’s first day: No crowds, no traffic in a ‘ghost town’

The view from above of the House of Delegates chamber, where members were observing social distancing rules on the first day of the 2021 General Assembly session. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

On any other opening day of the Maryland General Assembly, Gov. Larry Hogan would likely have been acting as a host greeting returning lawmakers — whom he once compared to college students on spring break — to the State House. ...

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Pandemic recovery and the state’s competitive edge

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With the COVID-19 pandemic threatening the health of Marylanders and disrupting the economy, the 2021 session of the Maryland General Assembly is shaping up to be unique and challenging. In a recent virtual meeting with business leaders, Senate President Bill ...

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Legislative package seeks to address causes of health inequities

Del. Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk, D-Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties, speaks on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

Racial health disparities have become more stark than ever before in the wake of a pandemic that has disproportionately affected Black and Latino communities nationwide and within the state of Maryland, lawmakers say. That’s why Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk, D-Anne Arundel ...

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Veto override, more steps needed to improve education

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Remediating learning loss. Supporting struggling learners. Making sure that we have safe and healthy school buildings. Delivering the social-emotional, career and technology and wraparound support services that students need. As we transition to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, veto overrides ...

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Hogan wants lawmakers to act quickly on COVID relief

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Speaking just hours before the General Assembly is set to convene, Gov. Larry Hogan urged lawmakers Wednesday morning to pass as soon as possible his proposed $1 billion Relief Act for Maryland businesses and residents hardest hit by the pandemic-spurred ...

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Hogan scheduled to have surgery for cancerous cells Friday

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Gov. Larry Hogan announced that he was scheduled to have surgery to remove cancerous cells on his face and shoulder on Friday. Hogan made the announcement during The Daily Record's Eye on Annapolis Summit before the opening of the legislative session.

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For legislative leaders, it’s COVID, COVID and COVID

The Maryland State House on Monday night, the final day of the 2016 General Assembly session. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

  Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones would probably be happy for a less historic sophomore year. An ongoing pandemic may make that difficult to come by. The pair of presiding officers in their 2020 rookie year ...

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Hogan creates nonpartisan redistricting panel

Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, often held up as an example of a gerrymandered district created to give a political party -- in this instance, Democrats -- an advantage.

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan Tuesday announced the creation of a nine-member nonpartisan panel tasked with the redrawing of the state’s eight congressional districts. The sidestepping of state lawmakers comes after five years of unsuccessful efforts by Hogan to convince ...

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Md. reports first 2 cases of new COVID-19 variant

This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. Coronaviruses, including the newest one, are named for the spikes that cover their outer surface like a crown, or corona in Latin. Using those club-shaped spikes, the virus latches on to the outer wall of a human cell, invades it and replicates, creating viruses to hijack more cells. (NIAID-RML via AP)

ANNAPOLIS — Two Anne Arundel County residents have been identified as the first in the state to contract a coronavirus variant first discovered in the United Kingdom. Gov. Larry Hogan made the announcement Tuesday during a news conference with reporters. ...

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