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National financial agency downgrades assessment of Md.’s utility regulation. What does it mean?

When Gov. Wes Moore (D) took office in mid-January, he vowed to shake up the Maryland Public Service Commission, a powerful but obscure agency that regulates gas and electric utilities. Critics in recent years have complained that the PSC hasn’t been proactive enough when it comes to the state’s strategy for fighting climate change.

Lopez, McDow join District 6 congressional race

The race for western Maryland’s 6th congressional district has two new candidates, including a Frederick County resident and a Montgomery County state delegate. Del. Lesley Lopez, a Democrat, on Thursday announced her bid for the seat currently held by Democratic U.S. Rep. David Trone, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat.


Maryland expands digital licenses, becoming 1st state to offer them in Google Wallet

Getting through airport security could be a bit easier for Maryland travelers with the launch of a digital ID option for people with Android smartphones. Maryland is now the first state in the nation to offer a digital driver’s license and ID for Google Wallet — and the first to offer a digital ID on both major mobile operating systems. Last May, Maryland launched the mobile ID option for Apple Wallet, which is available on iPhones.

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Pr. George’s initiates land use planning overhaul for Blue Line corridor, Commanders’ FedEx Field

Prince George’s County lawmakers have formally kicked off a high-altitude planning process that will guide major future redevelopment at the Washington Commanders’ FedEx Field in Landover, as well as along Metro’s Blue Line, a top economic development priority for local public officials. The county council voted unanimously Tuesday to initiate the Central Avenue-Blue/Silver Line Sector Plan and Sectional Map Amendment process, which will probably take around two years to complete.

Policeman watching the St Patrick's parade
Baltimore to resume enforcement of nonviolent offenses

Baltimore State’s Attorney Ivan Bates unveiled Thursday a plan to resume enforcement of two dozen low-level, nonviolent offenses such as drug possession and trespassing, reversing the city’s hands-off policy of the past three years. Bates appeared beside the mayor and police commissioner to announce the plan that calls for officers to begin writing citations June 12. “There’s going to be some accountability and order in Baltimore,” Bates said.

Our Nation’s Capital
U.S. House approves debt limit package, sending it to Senate with just days until default deadline

The U.S. House took a broadly bipartisan vote Wednesday night on the debt limit package, sending it to the U.S. Senate where lawmakers are expected to vote quickly to clear the measure. The bill would extend the nation’s borrowing limit through Jan. 1, 2025 and set caps on discretionary spending for two years. It would also make changes to work requirements on some federal safety net programs and overhaul aspects of the energy permitting process.

Moore Adds Funding for School Meals; North Brentwood Budget Adopted

The Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program secured $4.5 million in additional funding on May 16 as Gov. Wes Moore (D) signed SB559, bringing the annual program funding to $12 million. MMA provides breakfast to students after the bell in schools where 40% or more of students qualify for free and reduced price meals.

Frederick aldermen begin review of city’s legislative process

Frederick’s mayor and aldermen will consider changes to how they do their jobs, as they reevaluate the city’s legislative process. The changes could include the process for how legislation is introduced and creating a timeline for how it would move toward passage. Mayor Michael O’Connor said at a workshop meeting Wednesday that he thinks it would be good to have the city’s process better defined.

Montgomery County Council bill would restructure how police accountability is addressed

As jurisdictions across the country grapple with how to address accountability in policing, a new proposed bill in the Montgomery County Council would restructure how the county oversees police reform and public safety. Expedited Bill 27-23, co-sponsored by councilmembers Dawn Luedtke (D-Dist. 7) and Sidney Katz (D-Dist. 3), seeks to repeal the county’s existing Policing Advisory Commission (PAC) to clarify the work of police accountability in the county.

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Weekly recycling to resume in Baltimore in early 2024 — as long as new garbage trucks arrive — officials say during budget talks

Baltimore officials doubled down Wednesday on their commitment to restart the city’s weekly recycling collection in early 2024, but warned that the move will be possible only if the city receives 30 new garbage trucks that are currently in production. The promise, first outlined by Mayor Brandon Scott in his State of the City address in April, was reiterated by Department of Public Works employees Wednesday during a budget hearing held by the Baltimore City Council.

Read More: Baltimore Sun

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