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Moore to tap state reserves in $25M increments to buoy port economy

Under a bill he signed Tuesday, Gov. Wes Moore will have access to up to $275 million in state reserves to temporarily buoy businesses and individuals whose work relies on regular cargo shipping in and out of the Port of Baltimore’s main channel. The governor isn’t expected to hit the $275 million cap, and the legislature has limited to $25 million the amount that he can withdraw at a time from the state’s rainy day funds.

Moore signs first bills after legislative session, including Key Bridge-related measures

With the 2024 Maryland General Assembly in the books, Gov. Wes Moore signed the first of hundreds of bills into law, including an act that would temper the economic impact of a devastating bridge collapse. The Democrat penned the measures into law during a ceremonial bill signing Tuesday, one day after the 90-day legislative session ended and two weeks after a cargo ship slammed into the support pier of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, sending the superstructure tumbling into the Patapsco River.

Md. leaders seek Baltimore bridge money Biden promised on Capitol Hill

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore (D) will visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday to launch the in-person lobbying effort aimed at persuading Congress to fulfill President Biden’s vow to fully pay to replace Baltimore’s collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge. The wreckage still blocks the main shipping channel for the Port of Baltimore and strangles a key economic artery to the region.

Moore’s ‘feeling good’ about housing package headed to his desk

All three bills in Gov. Wes Moore’s (D) affordable housing package have received final approval from both chambers of the General Assembly and are on the way to his desk. The bills were largely finalized on Saturday, when the Senate voted on some of his bills that had already been approved by the opposite chamber. But the House had to review the legislation one last time Monday before the bills officially landed on the governor’s desk.

Maryland’s tax and fee increases won’t affect everyone. Will you pay?

The Maryland General Assembly passed a budget this session that raises approximately $340 million in additional revenue for transportation and education programs, and increases funding for the state’s shock trauma system. But not every Marylander will foot the bill. Most of the increases come in the form of vehicle-related fees and fines, which will be used to pay for trauma care and transportation projects.

Bates endorses Dixon in mayor’s race; Scott backed by Maryland’s US senators

Baltimore State’s Attorney Ivan Bates threw his support behind Sheila Dixon for mayor, just days after going public with a spat with Mayor Brandon Scott. Scott, meanwhile, picked up endorsements from Maryland’s U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, who he has spent much of the past two weeks with related to their response to the Key Bridge collapse.

One Baltimore County developer is pouring big money into local politics

An 82-year-old Baltimore County real estate developer has quietly become one of the top donors in local politics, giving more than $1.3 million to candidates around the region over the past dozen years, a Banner analysis of campaign finance records shows. In this cycle, John “Jack” Luetkemeyer Jr., has directed $300,000 — his biggest single effort to date — to a super PAC supporting Sheila Dixon for Baltimore mayor.

Juvenile Law Reform, Pava LaPere Act among bills headed to governor for signature

The clock is ticking at the Maryland State House in Annapolis. Maryland lawmakers face a midnight deadline Monday on the final day of Legislative Session 2024, known as Sine Die. While many big ticket items are already on the governor’s desk, some significant pieces of legislation are still up for discussion at the last minute.

 

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The strange journey of Senate Bill 1

As state lawmakers move closer to passing new guardrails on the state’s retail electricity marketplace, an opposition army arrived on Friday. The energy giant Constellation sent two dozen trucks to Annapolis, which circled the legislative complex all morning as a few dozen Constellation workers fanned out to urge lawmakers to vote against Senate Bill 1.

Committee will study personnel policies in legislative branch under new resolution approved by Anne Arundel County Council

The Anne Arundel County Council has created an ad hoc committee to study and make recommendations on personnel protocols related to the legislative branch. Beside the seven County Council members, Anne Arundel’s legislative branch includes the county auditor, administrative officer, assistant administrative officer and legislative counsel among others.

Read More: Baltimore Sun

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