Md. lawmakers call it a session — for now

Del. Michele Guyton, D-Baltimore County, covers her face with a page on which an amendment is written on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, as she enters the old House chamber to attend a meeting. Guyton said she was covering her face in close quarters because of COVID-19. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

ANNAPOLIS — Nearly every Maryland General Assembly session is overtaken in the last days by an issue that bubbles to the top and demands action. This year, the end of the 2020 session was forced upon lawmakers, not because of ...

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Treasury proposal: Deliver $500B to Americans starting April

President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Treasury Department said Wednesday it wants to dedicate $500 billion to start issuing direct payments to Americans by early next month as the centerpiece of a $1 trillion plan to stabilize the economy as the coronavirus epidemic threatens a body slam to taxpayers and businesses.

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Testing still a work in progress in Md.; Hogan wary of other states’ failures

Laurie Kuypers, a registered nurse, reaches into a car to take a nasopharyngeal swab from a patient at a drive-through COVID-19 coronavirus testing station for University of Washington Medicine patients Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Seattle. The appointment-only drive-through clinic began a day earlier. Health authorities in Washington reported more COVID19 deaths in the state that has been hardest hit by the outbreak. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Maryland continues to have to triage who gets to be tested for COVID-19 while it asks the federal government pointed questions about the ability and capacity to test for the disease caused by the coronavirus. The state could have drive-thru ...

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Kirwan education plan gets final legislative approval

William "Brit" Kirwan speaks Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 in Annapolis. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland House of Delegates gave final approval to a multibillion-dollar expansion of education funding billed as a once-in-a-generation change to improve public school education. The House voted 96-38  along party lines on House Bill 1300 just a ...

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HBCU lawsuit resolution awaits Hogan’s decision

Michael D. Jones, lead attorney for the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Higher Educaiton, speaks at a Nov. 2020 rally in favor of resolving the lawsuit. (Bryan P. Sears / The Daily Record)

Legislation that would help settle ongoing litigation over funding at Maryland’s historically black colleges and universities passed the General Assembly, and it awaits Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature for final approval. The bill, sponsored by House Speaker Adrienne Jones, D-Baltimore County, ...

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Trump moves to blunt coronavirus’ heavy impact on US economy

President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force, in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

As the global markets fluctuated amid fears of a recession, the president conferred with tourism executives as well as restaurant leaders, retailers and suppliers. His administration is expected to propose a roughly $850 billion emergency economic stimulus to address the free-fall while considering checks to American workers trying to make their way in an economy deeply unsettled by the outbreak.

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AP Sources: White House seeks $850 billion economic stimulus

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, second from left, speaks with members of the media as he departs a meeting with Senate Republicans on an economic lifeline for Americans affected by the coronavirus outbreak. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. Standing with Mnuchin is White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow, right. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The White House is proposing a roughly $850 billion emergency stimulus to address the economic cost of the new coronavirus. The request will be outlined to Senate Republicans Tuesday and will aim to provide relief for small businesses and the airline industry and include a massive tax cut for wage-earners.

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Watch: Hogan orders closure of bars, restaurants, theaters and gyms, restricts gatherings

Gov. Larry Hogan announces new restrictions Monday morning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (The Daily Record/Bryan P. Sears)

ANNAPOLIS — Restaurants, bars and gyms in Maryland were ordered to close by the end of Monday in a continuing effort to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Gov. Larry Hogan made the announcement during a Monday news conference ...

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