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City of Bowie is requiring staff members to get COVID-19 vaccine

The City of Bowie is making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for staff, according to a new policy sent to employees on Friday. “Vaccines are a critical method of controlling the spread of COVID. As such, all staff who may have contact with the public or other essential staff as part of their daily job responsibilities will be required to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination,” the policy states. City Manager, Alfred Lott wanted the vaccine to be mandatory because it is essential for the staff to do their jobs. Around 400 employees will have to adhere to this new policy that went into effect on Jan. 22, he said.

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Gov. Hogan Adds $20.7 In COVID-19 Relief Funding For Schools, Community Colleges To Help Get Students Back Into Classrooms
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced an additional $20.7 million in education relief funding to help get students back into classrooms amid the coronavirus pandemic. The grants would help k-12 schools, community colleges, independent colleges and schools for the deaf and blind. “In addition to proposing a budget that funds education across the board at record levels, we are working to get federal COVID-19 relief funding out to schools and colleges as quickly as possible,” said Hogan said. “We are prioritizing this relief funding where it can do the most good for the most students.”
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Biden administration to reinvigorate effort to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill

President Joe Biden’s administration is taking steps to revive an effort to put famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, a Biden spokeswoman said Monday. The plan, which was laid out by President Barack Obama’s administration in 2016, was tabled by the Trump administration. The original idea was to issue the new notes in 2020 — the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. But in 2019, Trump’s Treasury Department announced that the plan wouldn’t be considered again until 2026, adding that officials were working on a redesign to protect the currency from counterfeiters.

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Prince George’s Co. canceling vaccine appointments made by nonresidents

Officials in Prince George’s County, Maryland, are canceling all COVID-19 vaccination appointments made by people who don’t live and work in the county to prioritize the county’s own senior residents and make sure they are not stuck “in the back of the line.” Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced the move during a news conference Monday morning. When the county first opened up vaccine appointments to people age 75 and older under Phase 1b of Maryland’s vaccine rollout plan, the scheduling system, a state-run system, did not allow the county to screen out nonresidents, and it was swamped with appointments made by people outside the county.

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Annapolis City Council Considering Resolution Condemning Former President Trump For Deadly US Capitol Riots
 The Annapolis City Council is considering a resolution condemning former President Donald Trump for the violent riots at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.The legislation condemns Trump’s allegations about election integrity and the violent attempt on January 6, 2021, to overturn a free and fair election by domestic terrorists at the urging of President Donald Trump.”
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Gov. Larry Hogan To Give Update On Maryland COVID-19 Vaccination Plan Tuesday At 2 PM

Gov. Larry Hogan will speak Tuesday afternoon at the State House in Annapolis. He will hold a press conference to provide an update on the COVID-19 vaccination plan in Maryland. The governor will speak at 2 p.m.

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Gov. Larry Hogan insults county health officer on Facebook; County Executive Steuart Pittman says let’s talk

Gov. Larry Hogan told a constituent on social media Thursday that Anne Arundel Health Officer Nilesh Kalyanaraman “doesn’t really know what he is talking about” as he provides guidance on reopening county schools. Readers reached out to The Capital to point out the response, in which Hogan responded to a comment on his Facebook page dismissing the knowledge of a physician whose appointment he approved less than two years ago. In a statement, County Executive Steuart Pittman invited Hogan to speak with Kalyanaraman, who declined to comment for this story.

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Lawmakers question state’s move to shift vaccine doses to pharmacies

Maryland is shifting small amounts of coronavirus vaccine doses to private pharmacies as state health officials prepare for what they hope will be increased shipments later in the spring. Acting Health Secretary Dennis Schrader said the decision was an effort to create a hybrid delivery system of private and government vaccination clinics. But the move to include a small number of private pharmacies including Walmart and Giant, mostly in western Maryland and the Eastern Shore, raised the ire of some lawmakers who say the decision is making it harder for people who have higher risks to get a shot.

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Maryland legislation aids school children who have seizures

Under legislation before the General Assembly, all Maryland teachers would need to take online seizure recognition coursework every year — provided by the Epilepsy Foundation of America. Brynleigh Shillinger’s seizures started when she was just 9 months old. And when she started Kindergarten, her mother began lobbying for a law that would mandate teachers are trained to help her daughter if she got into distress at school.

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Baltimore Will Not Outsource Water Meter Operations, Mayor Brandon Scott Says

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced Friday that the city will retain Water Meter Shop operations and staff as part of the Department of Public Works while implementing a plan to overhaul Meter Shop operations for a better-functioning water system. The Meter Shop manages the placement and maintenance of all Baltimore City and County water meters.

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