Raskin to GOP: ‘Let’s Get Together’ on Gun Safety

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee advanced three gun safety bills late Tuesday despite unified Republican opposition. The committee voted along partisan lines to approve “red flag” legislation that seeks to limit access to firearms for those deemed a risk to themselves or others. The committee also voted to advance legislation that would ban high-capacity magazines and another measure to prohibit people convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from possessing firearms. (Md. Matters)

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Md. Members Divide Along Party Lines as House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling

U.S. House lawmakers approved bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would block new offshore drilling off the majority of the U.S. coast – despite pushback from many Republicans. The legislation would put in place far-reaching new protections, blocking drilling off most of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on a similar ban for drilling in the Arctic Ocean. (Md. Matters)

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Trump visit to Baltimore could cause traffic trouble with Orioles at home, thousands expected at convention

President Donald Trump is coming to Baltimore on Thursday, and he might mess up your evening commute. The White House and city officials have not released any information about the exact timing of Trump’s visit, or which roads might be affected. And the city’s Department of Transportation and the Baltimore Police Department referred requests for information to each other, with each saying the other agency would have information about road closures. Neither provided any information. (Balt. Sun)

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U.S. Mayors, Including Baltimore’s Jack Young, Urge Lawmakers To Take Action On Gun Violence

A group of mayors from around the country, including Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, visited the nation’s capital Tuesday, urging lawmakers to take action to prevent gun violence. Mayors of cities impacted by gun violence, including the mayor of Dayton, Ohio, where a mass shooting earlier this summer left nine people dead and 17 others injured, as well as members of the Everytown For Gun Safety group rallied outside the capitol, hoping to move the needle on a contentious issue. (WJZ-TV)

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Hogan pledges $21 million for Baltimore crime fight, endorses surveillance plane

Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday pledged $21 million to help fight crime in Baltimore and endorsed the use of a controversial surveillance plane to fly over the city recording the movements of people and vehicles below. In a letter to Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Hogan also said he authorized up to 10 Maryland State Police helicopter crews to staff their own flights over the city and urged city officials to set a goal of reducing homicides to below 200 a year. (Balt. Sun)

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Pelosi’s Aggressive Drug Price Plan Shifts Debate to the Left

Details of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s closely guarded drug-pricing plan are now out, and she’s not messing around. The draft proposal, outlined in a document first obtained by Bloomberg Government, would give Medicare the power to directly negotiate the price of 250 expensive drugs – focusing mostly on medicines that lack robust competition – and grant the government sharp teeth in those talks. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore City Council to consider banning marijuana testing of candidates for many city government jobs

The chairwoman of the Baltimore City Council’s labor committee wants to stop testing candidates for many city jobs for marijuana use. Democratic Councilwoman Shannon Sneed introduced a bill to ban such screening. She said Monday that the city should consider marijuana use more like alcohol use when it makes hiring decisions, leaving applicants’ consumption outside work a private matter. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery County officials work to create police advisory commission

Montgomery County Council members on Monday began working out the details for creating an advisory panel to help improve relations between the community and county’s troubled police department. “There are a lot of very big policy issues that I think the public has a right to participate in and that’s what this commission is trying to do is say, ‘Police work is not something on the other side of a big wall and the public doesn’t have a say,’” council member Hans Riemer, at-large Democrat, said after an hourlong meeting of the Public Safety Committee. (Wash. Times)

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