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Housing in Maryland at ‘inflection point,’ Sec. Day says. Legislature considers bills.

Maryland Secretary of Housing and Community Development Jake Day said the state is at “an inflection point” when it comes to housing during a news conference hosted by a trade association of realtors last week. Ninety-nine percent of those ages 18 to 34 say it is harder to buy a home today than for previous generations, according to a survey of over 800 registered Maryland voters conducted in January by a polling firm.

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore and state prosecutors promise juvenile justice accountability, services

Gov. Wes Moore, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy and Baltimore State’s Attorney Ivan Bates vowed during a forum Monday night to hold juvenile offenders accountable while promising to pursue expanded services for young people in trouble, with the governor reiterating plans to spend more and hire more staff to address problems in juvenile services.

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Md. lawmakers consider permitting third-party alcohol deliveries

Maryland might soon allow local liquor stores to contract with companies like DoorDash and Instacart for delivery services, though public health organizations have raised concerns about how the policy might exacerbate mental health and substance-use issues. The state’s local liquor boards have the authority to permit liquor stores to deliver to customers, though only using their own employees.

Aldermen approve funds for police command vehicle upgrades

Frederick’s police department can move forward with plans to refurbish a mobile command unit for its use during emergencies and community events, after approval from the city’s aldermen last week. The aldermen voted unanimously Thursday night to approve a work order for $165,898 to the Pennsylvania-based company 911 Rapid Response to begin upgrading the Freightliner command vehicle.

Race for GOP nomination heats up at Maryland 6th Congressional District forum

Latecomers found themselves stuck in the hallway or sitting on the floor Thursday night as constituents packed Poolesville Town Hall for the Maryland 6th Congressional District Republican Candidates Forum. The event was the first of this election cycle attended by candidates Dan Cox, the 2022 GOP gubernatorial nominee, and Neil Parrott, a former state delegate who ran unsuccessfully for the 6th District seat in 2020 and 2022.

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Moore puts extra pot of cash toward green projects

Gov. Wes Moore (D) announced plans Friday for spending $90 million on reducing carbon pollution in Maryland, using an unexpected pot of money to fight what he called “environmental injustice.” The largest portion of the money, $50 million, will go toward decarbonizing community buildings like hospitals, multifamily housing and schools, under the plan Moore outlined.

Larry Hogan, who won Maryland in 2014 and 2018, faces new terrain in the 2024 Senate campaign

In 2018, Larry Hogan followed a seldom-traveled route to become the first Republican in 70 years to be reelected Maryland governor. He prevailed by presenting a low-key brand of moderation to win critically needed, crossover Democratic votes in one of the nation’s bluest states. Now, Hogan seems poised to adopt a similar approach in his recently announced U.S. Senate campaign, decrying partisan labels and distancing himself from the state Republican Party. But though he is navigating a similar path, the surrounding landscape looks different.

 

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Bill to allow undocumented Marylanders to apply for health coverage through the state advances

At the Casa Rubén Foundation’s mobile clinic, a six-year-old patient came in with a condition Dr. Ligia Peralta said was completely preventable with proper access to care. The child had a cold, a stuffy nose and a cough that wouldn’t let up. By the time his parents brought the child in to see Peralta, he had developed an infection of the sinuses and accompanying complications: an abscess and a bone infection.

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Poll: Md. voters support medical aid-in-dying option, but bill is far from the finish line

A recent poll of Maryland voters suggests broad support for proposed medical aid-in-dying legislation, a widely-debated bill that would a qualifying terminally ill patients to prompt their own death through the help of a physician. Compassion and Choices, a nonprofit advocacy group pushing for aid-in-dying legislation across the U.S., commissioned Annapolis-based Gonzales Research & Media to survey Maryland voters on the issue.

 

Blueprint officials tout progress as lawmakers weigh funding request

Even as lawmakers scramble during fiscally tight times to maximize funding for the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, legislative analysts are recommending temporarily withholding $150,000 from the Moore administration’s funding recommendation. A Maryland Senate subcommittee held a budget hearing Friday to review updates on the state’s education reform plan. A House subcommittee will follow suit on Monday.

 

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