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Votes to sustain Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott’s veto of security deposit bill fall in line with 2 weeks to go

A coalition of Baltimore City Council members are poised to uphold Mayor Brandon Scott’s first veto, a move that would kill a security deposit alternative bill that the council initially passed on a 12-2 vote. The number of council members willing to sustain Scott’s veto has slowly grown since the Democratic mayor issued his decision a week ago amid concerns the legislation would enable companies to prey upon tenants.

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Carroll County commissioners adopt fiscal 2022 budget; Frazier dissents, calling it ‘structurally imbalanced’

With one dissenting vote, Carroll County’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday adopted the fiscal 2022 budget. In two additional, but separate votes, the board voted unanimously to approve the property tax rate, with no increase, and also voted unanimously to accept a resolution to increase compensation for members of the Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of License Commissioners.

How George Floyd’s Murder Sparked Activism In Baltimore & Pushed For Change In The Maryland State House
George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis one year ago today. His death, at the hands of a police officer, was captured on camera and sparked activism around the world. There were massive protests across the globe. In Baltimore, tens of thousands of people peacefully marched through the streets and demanded a change in law and re-allocation of funding to police departments. Dr. Rashawn Ray is a sociologist and professor at the University of Maryland College Park.
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Maryland Lawmakers Announce $36M In American Rescue Plan Funding To Support Maryland’s COVID-19 Response

Maryland lawmakers announced more than $36 million in American Rescue Plan funding to support Maryland’s COVID-19 response efforts. “Additional help from the American Rescue Plan continues to help Maryland’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts,” the lawmakers said. “This pandemic has underscored an essential need to improve our public health resources for Maryland families and this new allocation will support our state’s ability to respond to COVID-19. Team Maryland will work tirelessly to secure additional funding to ensure that our state and local health departments have the tools and resources they need to keep our communities safe.”

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Montgomery Co. lawmakers set to OK $6B budget, move ‘full steam ahead’ with reopening

Lawmakers in Montgomery County, Maryland, are set to give final approval to a $6 billion operating budget billed as a road map for a post-pandemic recovery, and also say the county is moving “full steam ahead” with a plan to lift most coronavirus restrictions come Friday. The council is scheduled to vote Thursday on the $6 billion operating budget, which takes effect July 1. Among other things, the budget holds the police department almost flat by eliminating some school resource officer positions, increases the county’s version of the earned-income tax credit for low income workers and keeps Ride On bus rides free through September.

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Annapolis City Council debates campaign finance changes four years after flyers attacked Buckley

After nasty flyers were sent out in the 2017 mayoral election, a proposed bill would require outside groups or individuals to report large expenditures made in support of or opposition to a political candidate or ballot question. The ordinance, O-15-21, borrows heavily from Maryland election law, which for years has required the reporting of independent expenditures — that is spending money to specifically advocate about an issue or political candidate that isn’t in coordination with a campaign, committee or related party.

Frosh will appeal decision allowing protesters to sue arresting officer

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh will appeal a federal judge’s decision permitting gun rights advocates arrested during a peaceful protest near the State House three years ago to sue the arresting Maryland Capitol Police officer for allegedly violating their constitutional rights to speak freely and be free of unreasonable seizure.

Baltimore Mayor Announces New Summer Internship Program For City Students, Baltimore Tracks
For years, Baltimore has invested in technology for young people across the area. Now, they can start to learn to make a living out of it with a new summer internship called Baltimore Tracks. “This 6 week paid work experience will give kids training and support as they get exposure to the fields needed for success in the tech industry,” Mayor Brandon Scott announced to the media. Prioritizing young people in Baltimore had been a focus of the City Council, especially during the pandemic with distance learning and by providing meals. This opportunity is no different.
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Harford schools wants unvaccinated band members to wear masks to march in parades. A delegate says that’s discriminatory.

Harford County Public Schools’ ruling that marching band members who are not fully vaccinated must mask up during Independence Day parades is drawing opposition from a state delegate. Making unvaccinated people, particularly children, wear masks in certain situations is akin to treating them “like they’re some kind of leper,” according to Del. Lauren Arikan, who has called for the resignation of the county’s school superintendent and health officer over a recent recommendation.

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State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby Responds After Video Appears To Show Her Give An Obscene Gesture To Keith Davis Jr. Supporter

A defense attorney is calling on Baltimore’s top prosecutor to drop a high-profile case after State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby appeared to give someone an obscene gesture after he voiced his opinion on the Keith Davis Jr. case. Earlier this week Sean Gearhart said he saw State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby in Harbor East and after expressing support for Davis, Gearhart said Mosby gave him the middle finger. Gearhart recorded the encounter on an 11-second long video that he shared with WJZ.

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