Tuesday, October 3, 2023 |


Scott Signs Bill Directing City Government To Reach Net-Zero Emissions By 2045

Mayor Brandon Scott signed a bill into law Friday directing the city government to reach net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2045. Under the law, government operations will have to cut emissions by 30% of 2007 levels in the next three years. and another 30% by 2030. “Our 30-60-100 goal will lay out a path for the city to reach carbon neutrality, meet the challenge of reducing emissions head-on and avoiding some of the worst impacts of climate change,” said Scott. “This science-based target is a little bit more ambitious than the current State of Maryland goal and could ensure that residents see the co-benefits, like saving on energy bills, sooner.”

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No gifts for Mosbys’ defense fund, report says

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has filed her latest state ethics disclosure, reporting no gifts to a legal-defense fund established for her and her husband, Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby. The fund, which opened for donations in mid-2021, was created so the power couple could defend themselves against a federal criminal tax investigation. Prominent supporters and community leaders have encouraged contributions, posting on Facebook and appearing at news conferences. But whether anyone has donated remains a mystery.

New energy benchmarking law in Montgomery County wraps in more buildings

Montgomery County this week passed legislation requiring more buildings to make climate friendly capital upgrades, helping the county progress toward meeting its environmental goals, but also raising concerns about costs. Bill 16-21, which the County Council adopted unanimously, authorizes the county executive to set more stringent Building Energy Performance Standards — BEPS, for short — for a broader array of buildings than county law previously covered. The standards aim at reducing buildings’ energy footprint, measured in annual energy use per square foot.

Hogan signs new law raising minimum marriage age in Maryland

Gov. Larry Hogan signed more than 100 pieces of legislation into law Thursday, including raising the legal age to marry in Maryland. The new law raising Maryland’s minimum marriage age from 15 to 17, and gives underage brides and grooms extra hoops to jump through before they can tie the knot. Seventeen-year-olds will only be allowed to marry if they have the permission of each living parent, guardian or legal custodian. Without the permission, the minor can petition the court with evidence that they are self-sufficient, but he or she would also have to participate in a hearing to determine whether they are entering the marriage voluntarily.

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Affordable Housing Project Resumes In O’Donnell Heights

Mayor Brandon Scott announced on Saturday that he would be restarting of the Key’s Pointe development project in O’Donnell Heights, which was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson, Maryland State Delegate Brooke Lierman, Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen, Housing Authority of Baltimore City President & CEO Janet Abrahams, and some community leaders joined Scott for the announcement. Last month, Scott committed $2.9 million from the American Rescue Plan Act funding to restart the stalled community development.

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Winner: Maria Tildon, Johns Hopkins University

This week Center Maryland continues recognizing the winners from the 2022 Maryland General Assembly.

To simply admire the career journey and professional poise of the new top influencer at America’s premier research institution is to miss out on what a humble and graceful wit and wonder Tildon is in her everyday work with community, health leaders, and power players. Going from Executive Vice President at the region’s top health care insurer to Hopkins’ new vice president for state and local affairs means the hospital, academic, and neighborhood communities now have one of the most accomplished advocates in the nation joining other community-driven leaders at Hopkins like Helene Grady, Alicia Wilson, Andy Green, and Kevin Sowers.

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Former NAACP chief Ben Jealous endorses Wes Moore in Md. governor race

Former NAACP chief Ben Jealous, who won the 2018 Democratic primary race for governor on wave of liberal support, enthusiastically endorsed author Wes Moore on Thursday in this year’s crowded and highly competitive contest. Jealous said in a statement that Moore, a former nonprofit chief he has known for 20 years, represents a “once-in-a-generation leader” capable of both representing liberal ideas and winning the state back from Republicans in November. Jealous is now president of People for the American Way, a liberal advocacy organization.

Baltimore Police Department ‘Embraced Reform’ But Needs To Overcome Staffing Woes, DOJ Says In Consent Decree Progress Report

This month marks five years since the Justice Department started monitoring the Baltimore police department after the uprising following Freddie Gray’s death. Thursday, all the parties involved met in person with the judge to give a status update on the progress the police department has made. After the uprisings following Freddie Gray’s death, a scathing federal report showed that officers routinely violated citizens’ rights – and in some cases, they did it while investigators were observing their actions.

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Sen. Van Hollen Introduces Bill To Award Congressional Gold Medal To Henrietta Lacks
U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D, Md.) has introduced a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to Baltimore woman Henrietta Lacks for her contributions to modern science. Lacks, a Baltimore woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951, had her cells taken without her permission decades ago and they are still being used for medical research today.
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Harford County Board of Education president files to run for County Council, other seat swaps highlight county races

After multiple filing deadline extensions, the ballots for the upcoming primaries are more crowded than The Aegis’ former candidate roundup, which only included Harford County Council candidates. We’ve also included the candidates running for county executive, state’s attorney, register of wills, sheriff and clerk of circuit court. There are 11 additional County Council candidates who joined races during the filing extension, including Harford County Board of Education President Rachel Gauthier. Gauthier, who’s served on the school board since 2015, filed her council candidacy paperwork last Thursday, a day before the April 15 filing deadline.

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