O’Malley Speaks: ‘Baltimore’s Reversals Break My Heart’

Twenty-one years after Martin O’Malley improbably became mayor of Baltimore, he is still reliving those days and preaching about the lessons he learned in his seven years as mayor and eight years as governor. With the Iowa caucuses recently behind us, O’Malley would probably prefer not to relive his inglorious showing there in the 2016 Democratic presidential nominating contest. But he is back in the news with a book that is part memoir and part how-to manual for local government officials. (Md. Matters)

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Md. Rep. Steny Hoyer in Puerto Rico: ‘Frustrated, angry,’ but not placing blame in aid delay

After two devastating 2017 hurricanes, and recent earthquakes, Democratic House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland is in Puerto Rico, leading a Congressional delegation trying to help citizens recover from the disasters. At the same time, Hoyer is attempting to garner House support for a package of nearly $5 billion in aid, which the GOP has rejected. (WTOP)

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Del. Mosby argues liquor license bill fights crime

Del. Nick Mosby is pushing a bill he contends will reduce violence in Baltimore by allowing the city’s liquor board to immediately shutter bars and liquor stores that are scenes of violent crime. House Bill 509 allows the executive secretary of Baltimore’s Board of Liquor License Commissioners to immediately suspend an establishment’s license. It’s intended to target businesses, Mosby said, that frequently attract violence. (Daily Record)

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Lawmakers Holding Hearing On Kirwan Monday

Legislation to implement the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission gets a formal hearing Monday. Four committees will hold a joint hearing on bills introduced in the House and Senate that will implement reforms such as expanded preschool, curriculum changes and pay raises for teachers over 10 years. (WBAL)

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Delegates Approve $2.2B For School Construction

School construction funding in Maryland would increase by $2.2 billion over five years, under a measure approved by the House of Delegates on Friday. The House approved the measure on a bipartisan 128-6 vote. The measure, which is called the Built to Learn Act, now goes to the Senate, where leaders in that chamber support it. Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, also has expressed support. (WBAL)

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Former Baltimore Mayor Pugh’s attorney asks for 1 year, 1 day in prison, argues she has already suffered greatly

Catherine Pugh’s attorneys are asking a judge for leniency after the 69-year-old disgraced Baltimore mayor pleaded guilty to her fraudulent “Healthy Holly” scheme, saying the consequences of her crimes already have taken a significant toll on her health, finances and reputation. (Balt. Sun)

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Bill allowing suits for false police reports draws praise, concern

Legislation to enable people targeted by false police calls to sue the callers for damages drew praise Friday as a way to protect minorities from those who irrationally believe they are all criminals. The bill also drew concern that victims of and witnesses to domestic violence would be discouraged from calling law enforcement lest they be sued. Under Senate Bill 436, people who report a disturbance to the police with the intent of having the person reported feel harassed, humiliated or embarrassed or of causing damage to the person’s reputation could be ordered by a court to pay damages. (Daily Record)

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Maryland opioid chief defends grant program after critical state audit

Maryland’s point person on the opioid epidemic defended the statewide opioid command center Friday, after a scathing audit found the center had no system for awarding millions of dollars’ worth grants and making sure the money was spent properly. Steve Schuh, who has headed the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center since late 2018, said state auditors were correct in identifying a lack of policies and procedures. But he told lawmakers he believes the money was well spent on treatment, prevention and education programs. (Balt. Sun)

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