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Maryland Gov. Hogan proposes $1K bonuses for state workers

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan proposed Monday giving $1,000 bonuses to all state government employees. The bonuses would cost the state $74.1 million, which the governor said the state has on hand due to budgetary belt-tightening done early in the pandemic. The Republican governor sent his proposal Monday to the General Assembly in the form of a supplement to his proposed budget, which lawmakers are scrutinizing.

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WBAL Newsradio Special: Police Reform in Maryland

State Senator Jill P. Carter and Fraternal Order of Police President Clyde Boatwright joined C4 and Bryan Nehman to discuss the topic of Police Reform in the state of Maryland.

Senator Carter discusses the goals of police reform legislation making its way through the Maryland General Assembly. President Boatwright highlights the Commission to Restore Trust in Policing recommendations to hold police managers accountable for the hiring, training and supervision of law enforcement and the need protect due process for law enforcement officers in the state.

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U.S. Senate Passes Coronavirus Relief Aid; Bill Now Returns to the House

The U.S. Senate passed President Biden’s nearly $2 trillion stimulus plan Saturday afternoon after wrangling over an amendment to trim unemployment benefits derailed the bill’s passage for nearly an entire day. The Senate version, which does not include a federal minimum wage hike and puts limits on the funding for state and local governments, will now make its way to the House for review. Democrats are rushing to pass the relief package so it reaches the president’s desk before the March 14 deadline for unemployment benefits to expire, in order to give states plenty of time to avoid missing those payments.

Advocates Call On Lawmakers To Pass Robust Protections for Homeowners

Advocates are continuing their call for Maryland legislators to pass relief for homeowners, warning of a looming foreclosure crisis unless lawmakers take action. New foreclosures are currently halted in Maryland as a result of Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s (R) stay on new notices of intent to foreclose ― but advocates with the Maryland Judiciary Task Force warn that some foreclosures that were filed before the start of the pandemic are still proceeding, and that some homeowners might not be aware of their own forbearance options.

Bill to rebuild trust between immigrants and law enforcement

A bill that would prohibit law enforcement from inquiring about immigration status and end police cooperation with ICE in Maryland drew emotional testimony from immigrants, advocacy groups and lawmakers on Wednesday. Referred to as the Trust Act by some, SB0088 and HB0304 would end the federal 287(g) Criminal Alien Program in participating jurisdictions, prevent law enforcement from asking about immigration status and protect immigrants from ICE in sensitive locations, such as schools, courthouses and hospitals.

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Senate Panel Votes Down Republican Attempt to Get More Say Over Committee Assignments

Republicans in the General Assembly want more say over how their members are assigned to committees – but a bid to do so was rejected Friday by the Senate Rules Committee. Legislators are currently assigned to committees by the House Speaker and the Senate President, both of whom are elected by a chamber-wide vote at the start of each session. But Senate Minority Leader Bryan W. Simonaire (R-Anne Arundel) argues that, given the Democratic supermajority in both the House and Senate, Republicans ultimately lack power in where their own members are assigned.

Schrader’s nomination as Md. health secretary still in peril

Efforts to vaccinate the state’s population against the coronavirus could ultimately derail Dennis Schrader’s second attempt at becoming the state’s health secretary. Schrader’s confirmation by the Maryland Senate remains in limbo and tied to vaccinations. In recent weeks, those vaccination efforts have raised as many concerns as they’ve answered as lawmakers and other officials question how doses are allocated and the lack of equitable access for minorities.

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Md. Senate begins discussions on sweeping climate bill

The Maryland Senate began preliminary discussions Friday on a sweeping climate action plan that calls for net-zero statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. The Climate Solutions Now Act of 2021 aims to curtail Maryland’s global-warming pollution to 60% below 2006 levels by within the next decade by planting 5 million trees by 2030, electrifying the state government’s vehicle fleet and constructing more energy efficient school buildings, among other efforts.

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Montgomery Co. executive discusses ‘post-pandemic’ climate-change strategies

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich on Friday highlighted plans to rid the county of greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 in the “post-pandemic world,” including banning single-use plastics, installing solar panels and establishing new standards for buildings. “If it weren’t for COVID, climate change would have been the headline natural disaster of the year, and the decade, and the century,” Mr. Elrich said during his State of the County Address.

Montgomery Co. Council rethinking police in schools

Montgomery County, Maryland, is the latest to push forward with a proposal to end the school resource officer program, which would remove police officers from school buildings. The SRO program has come under increasing scrutiny as communities rethink the presence of police in schools. This follows the racial justice protests that took place last summer in response to several police killings of Black people.

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