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Maryland One Step Closer To No Longer Resetting Clocks Twice A Year
A bill moving through the Maryland General Assembly—passed in the House—would make daylight saving time permanent in the state. Days after moving our clocks forward, many are still getting used to the time difference. “It affects everything, like your sleep,” said Danielle, a resident of Baltimore. “This week, I’m all screwed up,” Baltimore resident Erika said.  State lawmakers are now pushing for permanent daylight saving time. House Bill 126 was introduced in January and passed in the House in February. It could move on to the Senate as early as next week.
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Maryland Senate Democrats pass sweeping climate change legislation

The Maryland Senate passed an extensive climate change bill Monday night that would set the state on track to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2045, partly by requiring large buildings to reduce their energy usage. The Senate passed the Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022 in a 32-15 party-line vote, with Republicans opposed. The bill is now headed to the House of Delegates, where lawmakers have introduced their own set of companion bills instead of a single sweeping measure.

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Hogan: Maryland will not get into a bidding war in Commanders stadium hunt

Gov. Larry Hogan says Maryland would like to keep the Washington Commanders in the state, but it will not “get in a bidding war” to build a new stadium for the NFL franchise. Hogan made the comments Tuesday in Annapolis in response to a reporter’s question at a press conference on a new workforce development initiative for state jobs. “I think [the Commanders are] using everyone back and forth as they have been for eight years. They’re negotiating, pitting everyone against each other,” said Hogan, suggesting the Commanders are setting Maryland, D.C. and Virginia against one another to get a better stadium deal.

Hogan Dismisses Questions On White House Run As Speculation Swirls
Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday declined to make any news on his political future amid speculation he is mounting a run for president. “I’m just gonna wait until I’m done being governor before we talk about that politics stuff,” Gov. Hogan said at the end of a Tuesday press conference. Last month, Hogan announced he would not seek a U.S. Senate seat against Sen. Chris Van Hollen. The AP reports Hogan has trips planned to Iowa and New Hampshire, homes to the first-in-the-nation caucus and primary.
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Maryland Primary Election Pushed To July 19 Over Redistricting Challenges

Maryland’s primary election was delayed Tuesday by the Court of Appeals because of petitions challenging the recent redistricting of the state. The Maryland General Assembly in January approved new boundaries for its 188 seats, choosing a map drawn by Democrats in a hotly contested redistricting year. The primary election was originally set for June 28. Maryland’s Court of Appeals has issued an order moving the state’s 2022 gubernatorial election from June 28 to July 19.

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Maryland Senate poised to pass major climate bill, but without key policy cutting fossil fuel dependence

The Maryland Senate voted along party lines Monday night to pass a sweeping climate change bill that would accelerate state greenhouse gas reduction goals in a bid to make the state carbon neutral by 2045, while requiring large buildings to significantly reduce energy footprints by 2035. But the chamber has abandoned environmentalists’ most aggressive proposal for reducing dependence on fossil fuels — one that would have outlawed fossil fuel-based heating systems in new buildings. That change came even though a state climate change commission, including three members of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s cabinet, overwhelmingly endorsed such a ban.

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Maryland attorney general race pits familiar faces, similar politics against each other

Primary elections are awkward enough for candidates who, more often than not, share mostly similar politics, a political party and a history of working together. But when you’re running against the spouse of someone you shared a gubernatorial ticket with? “This one probably has to be the most awkward, and I’ll leave it at that,” U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown said in an interview with the Maryland State Bar Association when asked about his primary opponent.

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At Virginia Toll Lanes Celebration, Hogan is Urged to “Finish” Maryland Project

Led by Gov. Glenn Youngkin and the head of Transurban North America, Northern Virginia leaders celebrated the extension of privately-owned toll lanes along the Capital Beltway on Monday — an expansion that is expected to bring the firm’s signature lanes to within a few yards of the Commonwealth’s border with Maryland. Construction of an additional 2.5 miles of “Express” lanes, which will carry traffic between the Dulles Toll Road and the American Legion Bridge, will begin in the coming weeks, with an expected completion date of 2025. Transurban already owns and operates 53 miles of toll lanes in Northern Virginia, with more planned along Interstate 95 south of Springfield.

Larry Hogan for president? Buzz builds as a name in ‘other than Trump’ lane

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is planning trips to Iowa and New Hampshire. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., is considering a rough timeline for a potential presidential announcement. And allies of Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., are openly talking up her White House prospects. More than two years before the next presidential election, a shadow primary is already beginning to take shape among at least three fierce Republican critics of former President Donald Trump to determine who is best positioned to occupy the anti-Trump lane in 2024.

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In Setback for Advocates, House Committee Considering Establishing a Commission on Paid Family Leave

Lawmakers began the legislative session considering a measure that would offer paid family and medical leave to all Marylanders, but a key House committee is now considering whether to instead a establish a commission that would work out the finer details of a statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program. As originally introduced, House Bill 496, sponsored by Dels. C.T. Wilson (D-Charles), Kriselda Valderrama (D-Prince George’s) and Ariana Kelly (D-Montgomery), would have allowed all Marylanders, both part-time and full-time employees who have worked 680 hours in the past year, to take 12 weeks of paid leave following childbirth or to take care of themselves or a family member experiencing serious health issues.

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