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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore, state’s attorneys to take part in juvenile justice panel

Gov. Wes Moore and the top prosecutors for Baltimore City and Prince George’s County will take part Monday evening in a panel discussion of juvenile justice issues in Maryland in a live program on WBFF-TV in Baltimore. Armstrong Williams, co-owner of The Baltimore Sun and commentator, will moderate the show at 7 p.m.

 

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Limiting police use of facial recognition technology gaining support in Maryland General Assembly

A plan to limit police use of facial recognition technology is likely on track to pass in this year’s session of the Maryland General Assembly, capping a multiyear effort with a compromise that’s drawn support from both law enforcement and public defenders. “The world’s going to end,” Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger joked during a hearing Tuesday in which he supported the legislation.

 

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Speaker packages ‘decency agenda,’ releases video ahead of legislative push

The “decency agenda” championed by House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County), one of her main priorities for this year’s 90-day legislative session, was formally released Thursday. While the bills that are part of the agenda have all been introduced in recent days, their common thread is being amplified with a video message that Jones released Thursday. “To me, decency is about respect,” Jones said.

Meet Poe, the lieutenant governor’s new dog

Lt. Gov. Aruna Miller is a dog person — so it should be no surprise that she and her family have just welcomed a new puppy into their lives. Poe, an about 4-month-old Australian shepherd, came from Whiteford in Harford County about two weeks ago. She was the last of the litter, Miller said. In the Miller household, Poe joins Hachiko, another Australian shepherd who is about 2 years old, Miller said.

 

Maryland drives forward — to shut down dangerous street racing

After dozens of dangerous street racing incidents in the past year, Maryland lawmakers are driving a bill to stop it. Maryland Senator Pam Beidle, who represents Anne Arundel County, says there have been at least 139 major street racing incidents in the past 12 months in the state. “It’s happening across the state,” Beidle said. “Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Howard, Montgomery, just to name a few.”

 

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As first deadline for American Rescue Plan Act money approaches, Baltimore makes contingency plans

With the deadline to obligate $641 million in American Rescue Plan Act money now less than a year away, Baltimore officials said Thursday that they are creating contingency plans to substitute projects that are in danger of not meeting the deadline. The federal money, distributed to jurisdictions across the country in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, must be obligated by Dec. 31, meaning the funds are assigned to a contract, purchase order or invoice that’s been approved by the city. Cities have longer to actually spend the funds before they risk forfeiture, however.

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Md. House votes to end legacy admissions at colleges and universities

As part of Maryland’s response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling against affirmative action last summer, the House of Delegates Thursday voted across party lines and in overwhelming support of prohibiting colleges and universities from considering legacy status in admissions. If the state Senate passes and Gov. Wes Moore signs the measure in the coming months, schools would also be barred from making admissions decisions based on a prospective student’s relationship to a donor.

 

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Maryland hospital regulating board sets 2024 policy schedule, legislative agenda

A powerful commission tasked with constraining Maryland’s hospital rates is set to have a busy year. At a commission meeting Wednesday, the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) laid out its proposed policy and voting schedule for 2024 into 2025, and outlined its legislative priorities for the current legislative session. Among the commission’s priorities for the months ahead include tackling long emergency room wait times, participating in a new federal health care program and adjusting rates or reimbursement for care at Maryland’s hospitals.

 

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore’s bill on data centers raises environmental questions

Environmental groups, and some legislators, are voicing concerns about a bill proposed by Maryland Gov. Wes Moore, arguing that it excessively loosens oversight for energy-hungry data centers looking to open in the state. Moore’s camp argues that the bill reduces onerous red tape for data centers, which can be potent economic drivers, by exempting their large arrays of backup generators from a lengthy review process by the Maryland Public Service Commission.

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Maryland lawmakers push again to decriminalize some disruptive behaviors at schools

Lawmakers again on Thursday pushed for the passage of a bill that would prohibit students from being charged for displaying some forms of disruptive behavior at school. “All this bill does is it prevents students from being charged with a crime for something that really shouldn’t be a crime,” Del. Sheila Ruth, a Baltimore County Democrat and the bill’s sponsor, said during Wednesday’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing.

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