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Confused over Marilyn Mosby’s new policy on Baltimore drug prosecutions? Here’s what her office says it means.

When State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced she would stop prosecuting people for certain crimes, advocacy groups and progressive politicians applauded her decision. For too long, they said, the justice system has come down hardest on the people who need help. In neighborhood meetings, however, Baltimore families expressed mixed feelings. Can they no longer call the cops when a man walks through their neighborhood tugging the handles of car doors?

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Prince George’s executive says two top police officials will leave after officer is charged with tax evasion

Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) unexpectedly announced the departure of two of her top public safety officials Friday after news broke that a veteran police officer with the force had been charged in federal court with tax evasion related to his private security business that employs other off-duty police. Alsobrooks said in a news release that she had asked for and accepted the resignation of Mark Magaw, a former police chief and the current deputy chief administrative officer for public safety and homeland security.

Maryland begins statewide effort to lessen digital divide

The digital divide has become a major talking point since the pandemic forced jobs, schools and doctors’ offices online. But concerns with the growing divide between those with and without broadband access arose before the pandemic forced millions of Americans to shelter in place. The Abell Foundation found in a 2020 report that 520,000 households in Maryland did not have access to broadband internet at home.

Public debate on $152 city budget proposal, police reform bill on crowded Annapolis City Council agenda

A crowded Annapolis City Council meeting agenda Monday features public hearings on the fiscal 2022 budget, police reform legislation and the introduction of a bill establishing a financing authority to pay for climate change mitigation projects. The resilience authority bill, O-14-21, sponsored by Mayor Gavin Buckley and Ward 1 Alderwoman Elly Tierney, would create a funding structure shared between the city and Anne Arundel County used to start projects like the City Dock redevelopment that includes extensive infrastructure improvements to combat flooding and sea-level rise.

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Hogan convenes bipartisan meeting of national leaders to discuss infrastructure

Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), wearing his hat as co-chair of the national nonpartisan political organization No Labels, convened a meeting of more than two dozen governors, U.S. senators and House members in Annapolis on Thursday and Friday for a bipartisan conversation about infrastructure. The two-day meeting came during a week when the Biden administration continues to sell its $2 trillion infrastructure plan, congressional Republicans revealed details of a nascent counter-proposal, and the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives released a 20-page document Friday listing points of consensus for improving America’s infrastructure.

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Despite racial reckoning, reparation efforts stall in Md., elsewhere

During last summer’s reckoning over racial injustice, decades-long debates about whether to offer reparations to the descendants of slaves in the U.S. finally seemed to be gaining momentum. State lawmakers in California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Oregon — where Democrats control the legislatures — introduced or hoped to revive proposals to study the possibility. It turns out the wait for reparations will continue. The state efforts have mostly stalled, raising questions about whether they can win enough support to succeed on a wide scale.


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Kamala Harris to visit Baltimore to mark 100 days in office

Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Baltimore this week, 100 days after she and President Joe Biden were sworn into office. The Baltimore Sun reports that Harris will visit the city Thursday. She’s expected to discuss the administration’s progress since Jan. 20. Harris based her campaign headquarters in Baltimore when she was a presidential candidate. White House officials declined to comment to The Sun on where she planned to go in Baltimore or why she chose to visit the city on a milestone day.

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WINNER: Nicole Stallings and the Maryland Hospital Association

The legislative session is over, and The Lobby’s inaugural season is in the books!

Every day this week, we’re highlighting the winners of the 2021 Maryland legislative session.

Nicole Stallings, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs and Policy at the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) trained her sights this session on MHA’s priority issues: enhancing liability protections during the public health emergency, sustaining access to telehealth resources, and advancing health equity. MHA had an incredibly successful session this year due to the MHA Government Affairs team, and the frontline workers who inspire them.

New Md. broadband law, funding may be shot in the arm for city, community-level access efforts

A recently-passed state law aimed at expanding broadband access and affordability across Maryland could put more funding and force behind local efforts to get more Baltimoreans online. The Maryland General Assembly successfully passed House Bill 97/Senate Bill 66, the Digital Connectivity Act of 2021, in the final days of this year’s legislative session. The bill was crafted with the intent of closing the “digital divide” in Maryland, namely getting the more than 500,000 households statewide without reliable internet access connected by 2027.

Hogan, Franchot clash on need for emergency procurements

Increases in vaccinations statewide and modest improvements in some key measurements of the pandemic in Maryland do not mean the state is out of the woods, said Gov. Larry Hogan. Hogan, speaking to reporters, rejected comments made by Comptroller Peter Franchot Wednesday declaring the era of the emergency over.

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