Unafraid to call out Trump, Hogan emerges as lead GOP voice for urgent action on pandemic

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) phoned his favorite country radio station the other day and made a confession. He can’t listen anymore. The coronavirus pandemic consumes his every waking moment. The host seemed unsurprised. “Do you ever get tired of being interviewed?” she asked. “Because I’m seeing you everywhere.” As the virus’s infection rate has surged, so has Hogan’s presence on national news and talk shows he once shunned. (Wash Post)

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After break due to virus, Baltimore City Council will resume Monday. Here’s how you can participate.

After a brief suspension due to the new coronavirus outbreak, the Baltimore City Council will reconvene remotely Monday. The board did not meet as scheduled March 23 due to the growing pandemic. Maryland remains under a stay-at-home order, and City Hall is closed to the public. Last month, Democratic Council President Brandon Scott pledged to find a solution to allow the board to meet remotely during the public health crisis, while still allowing the public to participate. (Balt Sun)

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Md. passes bills to expand use of telemedicine

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is signing bills that expand the use of telemedicine into law. The legislation was passed in the General Assembly before the coronavirus outbreak led to executive orders that resulted in current restrictions on businesses, the closure of schools and the most recent stay-at-home order. (WTOP)

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Advocates press Baltimore on water affordability during coronavirus crisis

Advocates for Baltimore water customers are calling on Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and the City Council to take action to ensure that water is affordable during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Right now, with hand washing being the No. 1 tool to slow the spread of coronavirus, we want to make sure families in Baltimore are not potentially skipping hand washing because of the fears of overly burdensome water bills,” said Rianna Eckel, Maryland organizer for Food & Water Watch. (Balt Brew)

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Maryland election board reverses course on mail-only June primary, recommends limited in-person voting

Yielding to pressure from voting rights advocates, the Maryland Board of Elections reversed itself Thursday, recommending the state offer at least one in-person voting center in each county for the June 2 primary despite concerns about the new coronavirus outbreak. The board’s new plan still needs the approval of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. (Balt Sun)

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Lawmakers urge Gov. Hogan to close Maryland’s gun shops during coronavirus emergency that’s shut down other stores

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is getting pressure to close down the state’s gun stores, which have been allowed to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic when most other retailers have had to shut their doors. Under a series of executive orders — including a stay-at-home order issued Monday — Hogan has gradually closed schools, sit-down restaurants, malls, theaters, gyms, casinos and businesses deemed “nonessential” in hopes of slowing the spread of the virus. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland, Surrounding States Have Only Gotten A Fraction Of Requested Medical Supplies, Oversight Committee Says

Maryland and surrounding states have only received a small percentage of the medical supplies they’ve requested from the Federal Emergency Management Agency amid the coronavirus pandemic, the House Oversight Committee said Thursday. The committee released documents from FEMA showing that while Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. have requested a combined 5.2 million N95 masks and 194 million pairs of gloves, they had only received 445,000 masks and 991,000 pairs of gloves as of March 30. (WJZ)

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DOJ Allots $6.6M Of Coronavirus Emergency Funding To Maryland

The Department of Justice made $850 million available to help public safety agencies respond to challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic. Maryland agencies will get $6.6 million of that funding. The money will come from The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program that was recently authorized the recent stimulus legislation from President Donald Trump. (WJZ)

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