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Baltimore tenant protections take effect, requiring ‘just cause’ before eviction

A Baltimore bill that provides renters with more safeguards from eviction went into effect Monday, a piece of legislation intended to combat a potential housing crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The “just cause” bill requires landlords to provide a codified reason for not renewing a lease when a tenant’s lease expires, and was filed following a rise in landlords using alternative means to remove tenants. It was enacted without Mayor Brandon Scott’s signature.

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Lawmakers Announce Over $1M In American Rescue Plan Funding For Fire & EMS Departments In Western Maryland

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen along with Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone announced more than $1 million in American Rescue Plan Funding for Fire and EMS departments across Western Maryland on Monday. “Despite increased challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency and first responders across Maryland continued to deliver life-saving care to those who needed it most,” the lawmakers said. “This new federal funding from the American Rescue Plan will ensure our rural fire and rescue teams have adequate funding and supplies to keep serving Western Maryland.”

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate King calls for Tiffany Robinson to resign

Former U.S. Education Secretary and Democratic gubernatorial candidate John King Jr. said state Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson should resign from office for having mismanaged Maryland’s unemployment insurance system. More than 15 months into the pandemic and with full recovery on the horizon, tens of thousands of Marylanders are still waiting to receive the benefits that they long ago applied for. Some of the claims are stuck adjudication and have been flagged as potentially fraudulent, while others were simply never processed. And that has led to many claimants having had to start the application process all over again.

Rep. Harris pushes for Maryland, Delaware airports to be reimbursed when Joe Biden visits

Local airport owners, ground crews and airport tenants who are financially impacted by visits from President Joe Biden could be offered direct reimbursement under a plan introduced by Rep. Andy Harris, R-1st-Md. On Friday, Harris secured legislative language in the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill to help those affected by Secret Service-imposed temporary flight restrictions.

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Andy Harris, GOP allies want answers from NSA on Tucker Carlson spy claims

U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st., has joined other conservative lawmakers in asking for information from the National Security Agency regarding Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s claims he was spied on by the U.S. intelligence arm. Harris — who represents the Eastern Shore — has signed onto a letter from a group of congressional Republicans asking NSA Director Gen. Paul Nakasone to investigate Carlson’s claims and provide Congress with information on potential clandestine and domestic surveillance.

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Sens. Van Hollen, Cardin join push to replace bust of Dred Scott author Roger Taney with one of Thurgood Marshall

Maryland’s U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin (D) and Chris Van Hollen (D) are joining three former presidential candidates in pushing for the bust of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney in the U.S. Capitol to be replaced with one of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the high court. The senators introduced Senate Bill 2366 on Friday along with Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), mirroring legislation approved last month by the House of Representatives. The bill would also require the removal of statues and artwork of people who voluntarily fought for the Confederacy, according to the lawmakers.

Baltimore County bill could end requirement that county infrastructure director is a licensed engineer

Baltimore County voters may decide to change the minimum qualifications for the official leading the county’s Department of Public Works, per a proposed charter amendment. A bill introduced by County Councilman David Marks and co-sponsored by Democratic Councilman Izzy Patoka would add a question to the 2022 ballot proposing to end the requirement that the county’s Public Works director be a professional engineer.

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With or Without Hogan as a Foe, Van Hollen Builds $3 Million War Chest

With his re-election campaign looming and at least the distant prospect that Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) could take him on in 2022, U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has accelerated his pace of fundraising, collecting over $1 million in the past three months and more than $2 million so far this year. Van Hollen’s fundraising haul is one of many relevant nuggets of information contained in the latest campaign finance reports that candidates for Congress filed with the Federal Election Commission last week.

Gov. Hogan Signs Order To Help Support Services During Post COVID Grace Period
Governor Larry Hogan signed a support order for the 45-day administrative grace period, which will allow certain regulations to continue to be relaxed after the coronavirus state of emergency was lifted earlier this month. The order, which Hogan signed on July 12, provides additional support for the 45-day grace period which began on July 1. This support will allow certain COVID-19 regulations to be relaxed, instead of removed, to complete the administrative transition out of the pandemic.
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Federal judge’s DACA ruling disappoints Maryland immigration advocates

A federal court ruling against the “dreamers” program for young people who are undocumented immigrants reverberated across the country, including in Maryland where thousands of people are enrolled in the program. “It’s certainly disappointing,” said Catalina Rodriguez Lima, director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs in Baltimore.

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