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Homeowners, renters in Md. struggling with payments during pandemic

Many homeowners and renters continue to fall behind on monthly payments during the COVID-19 pandemic, and now there’s a renewed push to ensure they don’t lose their homes or get evicted. Maryland has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country, according to Sen. Chris Van Hollen, who is hopeful that states will get more help addressing housing issues in President Joe Biden’s $1.9-trillion pandemic-relief package working its way through Congress. Speaking with state lawmakers during a virtual meeting on Tuesday, the Democrat noted that by the end of last year, the delinquency rate on residential properties was 8.8%.

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After riot, impeachment trial, shaken Maryland congressional staff must navigate a U.S. Capitol forever changed

When they pull back the blinds, staff members in the office of U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger can look across Independence Avenue at the U.S. Capitol, which seems to glow at night. The view, once stirring, now unleashes more complicated emotions. The Baltimore County Democrat’s staff can’t uncouple the dome’s majesty from stomach-churning memories of the Jan. 6 Capitol siege — when they peeked out to watch rioters scaling the building — or from ongoing threats posed by right-wing extremists.

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Who gets checks, tax breaks — and when — from Maryland’s coronavirus pandemic RELIEF Act package?

When Gov. Larry Hogan put pen to paper and signed the RELIEF Act into law, he triggered a series of maneuvers that will enable hundreds of thousands of state residents to get stimulus payments and many businesses to get tax breaks. The RELIEF Act is the Republican governor’s signature effort of the current General Assembly session. It’s a more than $1 billion combination of direct payments, tax breaks and business aid aimed at helping those taking the worst financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers expanded on the governor’s proposal and the bill won bipartisan support.

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Ep. 4: Glass Ceilings with Robin Shaivitz

On episode 4 of The Lobby, the undeniably groundbreaking Robin Shaivitz, former Vice President & Senior Government Relations Advisor with the erstwhile firm Alexander & Cleaver, joins Damian for a new telling of her remarkably storied career as Annapolis’ original female contract-lobbyist.

Join us for an incredibly insightful conversation about fighting for what you believe in, finding success in chaos, and how to shatter glass ceilings.

We hope to see you soon in the Lobby.

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Momentum grows to repeal Maryland Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights. But how to replace it is up in the air.

For years, activists and a handful of Maryland lawmakers have tried and failed to nix the state’s Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights, a 1974 act that enshrines in state law certain job protections and due process rights for police officers accused of misconduct. Now, what long appeared an uphill battle looks increasingly likely to reach its goal: that Maryland’s General Assembly will repeal the law, which critics have said goes beyond guaranteeing due process rights to shielding dirty officers from discipline.

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With Trump gone, Maryland Gov. Hogan becomes one of first governors to attend White House meeting with Biden

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan traveled to the White House for a meeting Friday, something he was loath to do during the administration of former president Donald Trump. The Republican governor attended an Oval Office session about COVID-19 relief with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and a bipartisan group of other governors and mayors.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
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Maryland House Democrats push to expand eligibility for covid relief

An effort by Maryland House Democrats to expand eligibility for Gov. Larry Hogan’s covid-19 stimulus plan, including to noncitizens, is receiving pushback from the Republican chief executive, who said it could jeopardize passage of the legislation and the help it would provide to others. “Anything they attempt to do to change the bill that’s already been passed unanimously by the Senate . . . it threatens the bill,” Hogan said Thursday.

Scott: ‘We need to allow local health departments to be the lead’

“The problem here is two things: It’s the rollout and it’s the lack of vaccines we have to administer,” Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott told C4 and Bryan Nehman Tuesday morning.  “We need to allow local health departments to be the lead on this because they know how to reach individuals,” Scott said. “They have the connections, they run clinics for flu vaccines.” Scott said local health departments are getting doses, and being told week by week what they’re getting, but private pharmacies can see up to three weeks out.

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Maryland Democrats gear up to override dozens of Gov. Hogan’s vetoes

Maryland lawmakers plan to spend this week undoing dozens of vetoes from Gov. Larry Hogan, reviving measures ranging from programs to boost public schools to a first-of-its-kind tax on digital ads. Democrats hold such significant majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly that they typically can override the Republican governor’s vetoes, even if they lose a few members from the original votes.

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