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Gov. Larry Hogan Critical Of Police Reform Bills Awaiting His Action

All eyes are now on Gov. Larry Hogan regarding a series of police reform bills now passed through the Maryland General Assembly. Debating behind partitions, the Maryland Senate on Wednesday passed a series of police reform bills. “Only when we restore trust and integrity are we going to then be able to have a safer state,” Senator Jill Carter said. Carter sponsored Anton’s Law, which would make public police disciplinary records.

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Rushern Baker to Enter 2022 Race for Governor

Former Prince George’s County executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) intends to enter the 2022 race for governor. In an interview with Maryland Matters, Baker said his work with local leaders from around the country who have been battling the pandemic — through the executive leadership program at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy that he heads — inspired him to get back into politics. He also cited disparities in education and health care.

Maryland Gov. Hogan, Baltimore Mayor Scott trade barbs over city police budget reduction plans

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott traded barbs Thursday over the mayor’s goal of reducing the Baltimore Police Department’s spending over the next five years. In an appearance Thursday morning on WBAL Radio, the Republican governor criticized the Democratic mayor’s plan to move forward with a task force to develop a budget reduction plan for the police department amid a persistently high murder rate in the city.

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Maryland lawmakers debate how forests lost to development should be replaced

For nearly 30 years, Maryland developers, home builders and governments have been required to replace some of the trees they cut down for subdivisions, shopping centers, schools and roads. One option has allowed them to buy forest “credits” from the “banks” of other property owners, even miles away, who agree to preserve acreage on their own land. The system, builders and some county officials say, has helped to offset losses in tree canopy while allowing for growth in built-up areas that have little space to replant.

Maryland advances bill that lowers age of mental health consent to 12 years old
In voting to make Maryland one of five states that allows preteens to get mental health treatment without parental consent, Del. Kumar P. Barve said he was honoring an uncle he never met. His mother’s twin brother died by suicide in the 1940s, Barve told colleagues in the General Assembly on Thursday. “The family knew he was troubled. But we don’t really know why because he did not feel comfortable speaking to his parents, my grandparents, or his siblings. And he had nobody to talk to,” Barve (D-Montgomery) said on the House floor.
Baltimore’s budget plan braces for ‘historic lows’ in revenue with parking, hotels decimated by COVID

Baltimore’s finances will continue to suffer as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, city officials said Wednesday as they rolled out a preliminary budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. The $3.6 billion spending plan accounts for “historic lows” in revenue from parking, hotel taxes and the Baltimore Convention Center, sectors that have been decimated by the pandemic. And officials expect some revenue streams, particularly parking, may never rebound if working from home remains widespread.

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Maryland Senate committee advances plan for legal sports gambling

The Maryland Senate is advancing a broad plan to allow legalized gambling on sports at a variety of in-person locations and on mobile apps. The Senate’s Budget and Taxation Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to advance the plan to the Senate for discussion beginning Thursday. The legislation the Senate is considering would create different types of licenses for in-person betting and online betting, but effectively would allow an unlimited number of licenses. Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course and the stadiums for the Orioles, Ravens and the Washington Football Team could offer daily betting under the Senate plan.

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Maryland General Assembly passes landmark policing legislation, sends package to Gov. Hogan

Maryland lawmakers passed a landmark police reform package aimed at delivering greater transparency and accountability Wednesday, sending the wide-ranging legislation to Gov. Larry Hogan after months of intense debate. The package of legislation would rewrite how officers accused of misconduct are disciplined, create a new statewide standard for when officers are allowed to use force, impose new potential criminal penalties — including up to 10 years in prison — for officers who use excessive force, and grant public access to some police disciplinary records.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
‘Ghost gun’ legislation passes in Montgomery Co.

The nine-member Montgomery County Council in Maryland voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a bill that restricts the possession, sale and transfer of so-called “ghost guns” to minors. The term ghost gun has been used to describe firearms that can be assembled and manufactured with the help of a 3D printer. Police and legislators who’ve targeted the firearms said they’re concerned because of the lack of serial numbers and that the components — plastic — make them hard to detect.

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Former Republican Del. Herb McMillan jumps into 2022 Anne Arundel executive race

Former Del. Herb McMillan has joined the Anne Arundel County executive race in 2022, the second person to officially challenge County Executive Steuart Pittman. In his announcement, the former Annapolis alderman who served three terms as a Republican member of the House of Delegates, said his candidacy will be built on values, fiscal conservatism and keeping taxes low for families and business owners while fighting wasteful spending and corporate welfare.

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