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Md. lawmakers consider bill to repeal Hopkins police force

A plan to create a private police force at Johns Hopkins University is once again being debated in the Maryland General Assembly, just months after the university announced it was delaying the force’s creation in light of protests against police brutality that sparked last summer.  Del. Gabriel Acevero, D-Montgomery, who was one of 42 delegates who voted against the police force when authorizing legislation  passed through the General Assembly in 2019, is sponsoring a bill to repeal the authorization. Another delegate, Del. Julian Ivey, is sponsoring related legislation, which would prevent any private institution of higher education in the state from creating its own police force.

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States Could Begin To Get Single-Dose Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Allocations As Soon As Next Week, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Says
U.S. states, including Maryland, could begin to get allocations of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine as early as next week, Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday. During a news conference, Hogan said he spoke with officials from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday morning, who said Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine candidate could receive emergency use authorization shortly. While they didn’t commit to begin shipping vaccines next week, Hogan said officials told him they have around two million doses ready to ship.
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Bill Requiring Senate Confirmation for State Superintendent Moves Forward, Despite Skepticism

A proposed emergency bill that would require Senate confirmation for the state superintendent of schools has raised the eyebrows of the State Board of Education members, as well as Republican lawmakers. The state superintendent serves a four-year term and is currently appointed by the State Board of Education with no input from the legislature. There’s an ongoing search for the next state superintendent.

Masks Will Be Required In Schools, Including Classrooms, Gyms, Hallways, Gov. Larry Hogan Says
Everyone over the age of five will be required to wear masks in classrooms and any other “school setting where interaction with others is likely,” Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday. During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Hogan announced a new executive order that requires masks be worn in classrooms, cafeterias, hallways, auditoriums and gyms. School buses are also included.
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Maryland Gov. Hogan to talk transportation before U.S. Senate committee

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is planning to appear before U.S. senators on Wednesday to discuss how transportation projects could help the nation’s economic recovery. Hogan, a Republican, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, are to testify before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Hogan has not finalized whether he will appear in person in Washington or by video, his spokesperson, Mike Ricci, said Monday.

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Senators Press State Officials to Improve Vaccination Rates Among Non-White Residents

Appointments at Maryland’s COVID-19 mass-vaccination sites will be managed by a new web portal beginning in March, the state’s acting health secretary announced on Monday. Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) and his health chief, Dennis R. Schrader have resisted calls for a state-run sign-up system, but Schrader told lawmakers that “the new pre-registration system will improve the user experience, and better prepare for the day when supplies are very abundant.”

In a virus-ravaged city, nearly 400 million vaccine doses are being made — and shipped elsewhere

In a city battered by the coronavirus, one biomedical plant is churning out enough vaccine doses to inoculate every resident hundreds of times over. The lifesaving medicine is brewed in stainless steel vats and bottled at subfreezing temperatures — then loaded into trucks that carry the vaccines hundreds of miles away. Most will never return. At the eastern edge of Baltimore, Emergent BioSolutions is manufacturing almost all of the yet-to-be approved Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines for the U.S. population — an anticipated hundreds of millions of doses in the coming months.

Md. GOP legislators make a bid to rein in executive orders

Supporters of a resolution calling for an end to Maryland’s state of emergency related to the pandemic pleaded with a state legislative panel it is time to end what they called an overreach by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. The House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee held a hearing on House Joint Resolution Two, which would effectively end a state of emergency put in place in March and renewed 14 times by Hogan. Supporters told the committee that Hogan’s repeated extensions continue to violate the First Amendment.

Delegation urged to lobby for mass vaccination site in Frederick County

County Executive Jan Gardner and Board of Education President Jay Mason told the Frederick County delegation Monday the county is exploring a potential mass vaccination site in the county. Mason asked the county delegation to send a letter to Dennis Schrader, acting secretary of health for the state’s Department of Health, in support of a mass vaccination site somewhere in the county. Del. Karen Lewis Young (D-Frederick), chair of the delegation, supported that request.

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Maryland to create statewide registration portal for COVID vaccine appointments at its mass sites

Maryland officials will launch a one-stop, preregistration web portal soon for people looking to book COVID-19 immunization appointments at the state’s mass vaccination clinics. The website would come online in March, the state’s acting health secretary Dennis R. Schrader told Maryland state senators at a virtual vaccine oversight meeting Monday. “This is going to allow us to manage the flow of appointments, which we’re very excited about,” Schrader said.

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