Maryland Bill Would Mean 40-Fold Increase In Maximum Fine For Putting Signs Along Highways

A bill in the Maryland House of Representatives would dramatically increase the maximum fine for putting an unauthorized commercial sign within the right-of-way of state highways. HB481, sponsored by Delegate Robin Grammer, Jr., would increase the maximum penalty a person could face for putting a sign along a highway from $25 to $1,000, a 40-fold increase. The bill would also allow highway crews and law enforcement to remove and destroy the signs. (WJZ-TV)

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Biden, Warren battle for third place in New Hampshire

With Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg battling to win Tuesday's primary here and seize the momentum in a highly unpredictable race, another drama is playing out with serious implications for the other high-profile candidates in the Democrats' once-sprawling field. (Wash. Post)

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Bill Would Require More In-Depth Financial Disclosures from Hogan

Prompted by a news report that raised questions about whether state transportation spending has benefitted the governor’s real estate holdings, a group of state lawmakers has introduced a measure to strengthen Maryland’s ethics law. If the bill becomes law, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) would have to disclose more about the sprawling development firm that bears his name starting next year, backers said on Friday. (Md. Matters)

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Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott says he filed for restraining order after alleged assault

Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott says he has filed for a restraining order and criminal charges against the man who allegedly assaulted him outside a candidates’ forum Wednesday evening. Scott, who was not injured, said he was punched by Michael T. Moore, a volunteer with the campaign of rival mayoral candidate Sheila Dixon. A spokeswoman for Dixon’s campaign said Moore has been fired. (Balt. Sun)

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State hits pause on controversial wireless network to transmit voter information

Maryland elections officials announced Friday that they will not require the state’s six largest jurisdictions to use a controversial wireless network to transmit voter information to the state during this year’s elections, after the software appeared to malfunction while Tuesday’s special congressional primaries were taking place. (WTOP)

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Mayor Young signs bill named after Elijah Cummings to make Baltimore a ‘trauma-responsive city’

Nearly a year to the day after a former assistant basketball coach was shot inside Frederick Douglass High School, city officials joined students from the school as Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young signed into law a bill that will look to address the trauma the city’s children suffer on a regular basis. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland bills hinder opportunity zone investment, advocates warn

Backers of a federal program touted as a pipeline for investment into downtrodden communities worry that a pair of General Assembly bills may curtail the initiative’s chances to succeed in Maryland. Bills under consideration by legislators would place significant limits on incentives provided by the state for investments in opportunity zones. Advocates of the federal program argue the changes could deter Maryland-based financiers from starting qualified opportunity zone funds and repel investment in local businesses and real estate. (Daily Record)

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Harris faces GOP primary challenge

With the deadline to file for this year’s election in Maryland having passed on Jan. 24, the slate of candidates for the primary is set. This is a presidential election year, but in addition to President Donald Trump and his Democratic challengers, voters in Maryland will go to the polls to vote for members of the U.S. House of Representatives. (Star Dem.)

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