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Fitzwater releases transition report with 64 recommendations

Frederick County Executive Jessica Fitzwater shared a report on Monday that outlined what her administration will prioritize for the county in the next four years. Since the formation of Fitzwater’s transition team in December, more than 130 people were part of eight committees that explored and offered recommendations for economic development and jobs in Frederick County, education and workforce development, government innovation and more.

Council votes 9-2 to approve position focused on increasing broadband access; Craig Rice is Elrich’s choice for role, per sources

The Montgomery County Council voted 9-2 Tuesday to approve a position to focus on expanding broadband access countywide, including in rural areas. Sources in County Executive Marc Elrich’s office said that he will submit former County Councilmember Craig Rice (D-Dist. 2) for the position; his appointment, which requires council confirmation, has not been announced publicly yet.


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Baltimore Council President Nick Mosby complies with ethics order on legal-defense fund

Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby closed a nearly yearlong saga over a legal-defense fund formed in his name by complying with a Board of Ethics order. The order, issued in May after the board found Mosby violated city law, directed the council president to accept no payments from the fund and to ask organizers to stop raising money on his behalf. Mosby was also ordered to request from the fund a list of all donors and donations for the ethics board.


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On busy ‘crossover day,’ legislature advances abortion records protections, Senate introduces budget bill

The Maryland General Assembly moved bundles of bills Monday, including Democratic priorities involving medical records of people who have had abortions and health care coverage for transgender people, and introduced Democratic Gov. Wes Moore’s budget in the Senate. Monday’s busy agendas were part of “crossover day,” one of the more consequential traditions during the 90-day legislative session that ends April 10. Crossover day is the last day a bill can pass out of its chamber of origin and be guaranteed a hearing in the opposite chamber. Bills that don’t make it that far have a shot at landing on Moore’s desk, but it’s less likely they will do so.


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Here’s where notable education bills stand in the Maryland General Assembly on crossover day

Lawmakers in the Maryland General Assembly weighed dozens of education-related legislation this session ahead of Monday’s deadline for the two chambers to pass bills to each other. Bills passed to either the House or Senate before the cutoff, referred to as “crossover day,” face fewer hurdles to becoming law during the remaining 90 days of the session.

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One of Wes Moore’s biggest anti-poverty ideas won’t pass this year

A key piece of Maryland Gov. Wes Moore’s anti-poverty agenda is all but certain to fail in the legislature this year, but the new Democratic governor is still claiming a win. While the General Assembly is advancing Moore’s bill to accelerate a planned increase in the minimum wage so that it hits $15 per hour later this year, about two years earlier than planned, they roundly rejected his idea to tie future increases to inflation — and give up their power to set the minimum wage.

Elrich outlines his plan for MoCo’s housing crisis

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich is giving a tour of sorts around downtown Bethesda. It’s a mild, sunny day in late December, and he’s dressed in a leather jacket, playing equal parts chronicler and fortune teller of the pressures on affordable housing. As he points up and down Wisconsin Avenue, Elrich reels through a litany of planning terms: MPDUs (the “moderately priced dwelling units” the county requires in large development projects); affordable units (cheaper than MPDUs); and NOAH (the “naturally occurring affordable housing” he wants to protect).


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Amid Roy McGrath manhunt, Amazon lists a juicy tell-all book. Who wrote it?
Gov. Wes Moore reflects on first 2 months in office

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore said Thursday he’s aiming for “the most full assault on child poverty” to ever happen in Maryland during his first legislative session, touching on a wide variety of topics in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press. The governor, a Democrat, spoke about concerns in the banking industry after the second and third largest bank failures in U.S. history; his support for President Joe Biden; his thoughts on reparations for slavery; expanding the use of electric vehicles; and police reform during the interview, among other topics.

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Zeke Cohen declares run for City Council president

Councilman Zeke Cohen made it official late Sunday afternoon, telling a bustling crowd of supporters at Center Stage in Mount Vernon that he’s running for City Council president. Pointing to hundreds of millions of dollars of federal stimulus money and a roster of new leadership in Annapolis with close Baltimore ties, the Democrat said that dysfunction and chaos persist at City Hall despite a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make progress.


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