Bill aims to keep livestock free of antibiotics

The Maryland Senate and House of Delegates passed the Keep Antibiotics Effective Act in separate actions. If approved by the governor, the law would make Maryland the second state in the U.S. to prohibit routine antibiotic use in livestock. California passed similar legislation restricting use on farm animals in 2015. "This is a big win for everyone who is concerned about the increasing threat of antibiotic resistance," said Mae Wu, senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council. "Maryland has shown that it takes this threat seriously and wants to protect its residents." (WMAR)

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March 21 // Revised immigration Trust Act moves forward in House

The House of Delegates watered down a bill aimed at curtailing how much Maryland law enforcement officials can cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The bill, introduced as the Maryland Law Enforcement and Trust Act, would have halted programs in which local jails screen arrestees for immigration violations. The revised bill allows the jail programs to continue, but limits the jails to holding people for immigration reasons only if a judge signs off on a warrant. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland House kills Gov. Hogan's redistricting plan

For the second year in a row, the Democrat-controlled General Assembly rejected Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's plan to take away lawmakers' power to draw congressional districts. Without discussion, a key House committee on Monday killed Hogan's proposal to cede that authority — and the less controversial power to General Assembly district boundaries — to a nonpartisan redistricting commission. (Balt. Sun)

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Democratic members of Congress press Gov. Hogan on health care bill

Four Democrats in Maryland's congressional delegation held a rally in Annapolis on Monday in an effort to pressure Gov. Larry Hogan to publicly oppose the Republican health care plan headed toward a vote in Congress later this week. Democrats in Maryland have been trying for months to get Hogan, a Republican, to speak out against the repeal of Obamacare, noting estimates that show hundreds of thousands of state residents would lose coverage and that the budget would take a $1 billion-plus hit under proposed cuts to Medicaid. (Balt. Sun)

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Trump administration says Maryland counties releasing undocumented immigrants

Three Maryland counties released undocumented immigrants last month despite requests from federal authorities to keep them in jail, according to a report Monday that is a result of one of President Donald Trump's first executive orders. One of the Maryland jurisdictions cited in the report — Montgomery County — swiftly disputed the report's findings. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Democrats set forums for party chair race

The Maryland Democratic Party on Monday announced the first two forums in what it said would be a series of events featuring candidates for state party chair. For the moment, the only confirmed candidate is the interim chair. Former Marriott executive and 8th District congressional candidate Kathleen Matthews was elected to the post by the party’s executive committee on March 1. Former Montgomery County Council member Valerie Ervin appears to be testing the waters; on Crowdpac, a crowdfunding site, she is listed as a “potential candidate.” (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore City Council members call on ICE to stop arresting immigrants

Baltimore City Council members formally called on federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials on Monday to refrain from arresting immigrants in the city unless they have committed a crime. City Councilman Zeke Cohen, who represents Southeast Baltimore, said many in his district are concerned about arrests in the Highlandtown and Greektown areas, including the detention of a father who had just dropped off an elementary school student at school. (Balt. Sun)

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House passes bill to ban discrimination by landlords against voucher holders

The House of Delegates passed a bill Monday night that would prevent landlords from refusing to lease a home to a person merely because they have a government voucher to help pay their rent. The bill is designed to give holders of Housing Choice Vouchers — often referred to as the Section 8 program — and other recipients of government aid more choice about where they live and help them move to more affluent areas. (Balt. Sun)

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