New law mandates school evacuation devices

She wasn’t able to work with the school to change her disabled daughter’s evacuation plan, so Howard County mom Lori Scott turned to legislators in Annapolis. On Tuesday, Governor Larry Hogan signed a bill that requires the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to update their guidelines on evacuating individuals with disabilities from public school buildings. Cassidy Scott is 15 and requires a wheelchair to get around. Her school evacuation plan stated that if Cassidy was on the second floor of Folly Quarter Middle School during an emergency, she would wait in a stairwell for emergency responders to assist her out of the building. (WMAR)

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April 20 // Maryland has a $100 million plan to reduce congestion, improve safety on I-270

Maryland highway officials will try to reduce time-sucking traffic jams on Interstate 270 — the most congested highway in the state and one of the worst in the Washington suburbs — by creating stretches of new lanes without widening the highway, Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday. The $100 million plan also will add signalized meters to on-ramps to control how quickly traffic can merge onto the highway based on real-time traffic conditions. New overhead signs will give more detailed information about crashes or slowdowns ahead and alert motorists to sudden drops in speed. (Wash. Post)

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Federal lawmakers weigh into BWI noise dispute

The Democratic members of Maryland's congressional delegation are weighing into a dispute between the neighbors of BWI and the Federal Aviation Administration, encouraging the agency to act swiftly to alter flight patterns that are causing "unacceptable and unsustainable" noise. Residents in Anne Arundel and Howard counties have said new flight routes created in 2015 as part of the implementation of a modernized air traffic control system have created intolerable noise for homes near BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. (Balt. Sun)

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After a rocky start, Pugh assembles a “workgroup” on homelessness

A group of people, selected by Mayor Catherine Pugh to advise her new(ish) administration on the issue of homelessness, gathered in a City Hall conference room Tuesday. Amid the murmurings of these veteran meeting-goers – about “cross-walking the domains with priority themes” and “aligning without usurping the authority” of other entities- Jeffrey K. Hettleman’s voice suddenly commanded the room. “It seems to me we’re being asked by the leader of Baltimore to help give the vision and the pathway to address the problem,” said Hettleman, executive vice president of The Shelter Group. (Brew)

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Maryland Black Caucus agenda tallies some wins, some losses

The Maryland Legislative black caucus ended the 2017 session with mixed outcomes for their priority legislative agenda. The General Assembly passed legislation on prescription drug affordability and a ban on prekindergarten suspension. But the House failed to vote on controversial medical marijuana legislation before time ran out. And a bill regarding bail did not get to the floor of that same chamber. (Capital News)

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Gov. Larry Hogan on Maryland's life sciences cluster: 'This mission is a very personal one to me'

When Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan stepped up to address a crowd of more than 1,000 life sciences executives and entrepreneurs on Wednesday, he couldn't help but take the moment to remember his own brush with their work. In 2015, the then-new governor was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. More than a year and a half since reaching remission, he is still cancer free, he told the BioHealth Capital Region forum. The two-day conference at MedImmune's headquarters in Gaithersburg was held to promote collaboration across the Greater Washington region between biotechs, drug companies, data firms, universities and startups to create a top industry cluster in the nation by 2023. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Ex-Havre de Grace mayor 'unhappy' with city's current direction

Former Havre de Grace Mayor Wayne Dougherty made it clear Tuesday that he is unhappy with the direction the city has taken since he stepped down two years ago, a key reason why he is running for his former position. "Yes, I am unhappy about the direction I see the city going right now," Dougherty said during a candidate forum Tuesday evening in the City Council chambers. (Aegis)

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April 19 // ‘No means no’ measure on sexual assault becomes law in Maryland

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday signed more than 200 bills, including a measure that advocates say will change “the way we look at rape.” The governor was joined by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) and House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) to sign what many advocates referred to as the “no means no” bill. Under the measure, evidence of physical resistance is not required to prove that a sexual crime has been committed. (Wash. Post)

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