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Notes: A new delegate, a gig for wife of Moore’s chief of staff, AG sues chemical polluters, and more

Maryland’s newest legislator was sworn in Monday, capping a two-decade journey that started as a legislative page and included a job in the State House mailroom. Del. Kent Roberson (D-Prince George’s) took the oath of office on the House dais that overlooks the chamber where in 2002 he was one of a number of high school students selected to work on the floor, making coffee and filling binders with bills and amendments.

Former Montgomery County delegate sworn in as member of Md. Public Service Commission

Former Montgomery County delegate Kumar Barve was sworn in Wednesday as the newest member of the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). Barve, a Rockville resident, was appointed by Gov. Wes Moore to succeed Commissioner Patrice M. Bubar, who has served since May 18, 2022. Barve is expected to take his seat on the bench in the next week.


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Here’s how new work requirements for SNAP benefits would work under debt ceiling deal

The holiday weekend debt ceiling deal struck by President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) creates, in part, new work requirements for some food stamp recipients but with exceptions for certain populations, including veterans. The agreement released late Saturday night showed concessions from both sides — from GOP members, who wanted to tighten eligibility for not just food stamps but also for low-income health care, and from the Democrats, who called such restrictions a nonstarter.

Mfume says he still has to decide on supporting debt ceiling deal

Maryland 7th District Congress Kweisi Mfume says he’s reserving judgment on the debt ceiling deal reached over the weekend between President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Mfume told WBAL-TV that it will be interesting to see how many rank-and-file Democrats and Republicans will support this measure.

Prince George’s Co. to limit disposable utensils at restaurants

Sea turtles, rejoice! Less plastic will be floating in our area waterways, thanks to a new bill that goes into effect next month. Beginning June 1, eateries in Prince George’s County can only provide single-use utensils upon request. Take-out and delivery orders will also only have disposable utensils upon request.

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Baltimore Councilman Costello raises questions on public safety spending

Costello spoke with T.J. Smith on Tuesday. Costello said he sent a letter to Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement Executive Director Shantay Jackson before her agency’s budget hearing regarding funds. MONSE has received over $50 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act money, according to Costello. He told Smith questions remain about the grants the agency issues to address crime reduction.

Montgomery County Planning Board approves Master Pedestrian Plan

The Montgomery County Planning Department’s draft of the Pedestrian Master Plan – the first comprehensive countywide plan to improve the pedestrian experience – was approved by the county Planning Board. The May 25 approval sets the path forward for a County Council public hearing where the community will be invited to testify.

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Disability rights group sues Maryland for housing foster kids in hospitals

Attorneys with Disability Rights Maryland and Venable LLP Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Maryland Department of Human Services, the state health department and other state agencies for “illegally and unconstitutionally” housing foster children in hospitals and restrictive institutions beyond medical necessity.

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Debt ceiling deal clears first hurdle as McCarthy tries to tamp down dissent

With just one more day to corral Republican support on a debt ceiling agreement, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) faced growing opposition from far-right members of his party but remained confident as the bipartisan bill passed a key procedural hurdle late Tuesday and headed to the House floor. Roughly a dozen members of the House Freedom Caucus took turns in a Capitol Hill news conference slamming McCarthy and the deal he brokered with President Biden over the weekend.

Mayor Scott, Safe Streets program kick off Safe Summer series

As the school year approaches an end with a disturbing rise in youth gun violence, Mayor Brandon Scott, city officials and members of the violence-intervention program Safe Streets are promoting the third annual Safe Summer event series and calling for more community participation. “Safe Summer is about providing our residents — youth and adults alike — outlets for fun and opportunity during the summer months in efforts to keep our neighborhoods peaceful and a part of our Baltimore community violence-intervention ecosystem,” Scott said at the news conference.

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