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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.

Read More: Daily Record
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.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
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.

Read More: WJZ
Maryland Gov. Hogan’s campaign makes more refunds to donors

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has again refunded tens of thousands of dollars to campaign donors, according to his latest campaign finance report. The governor returned more in donations than he received over the past 12 months, and has a small balance in his campaign account largely due to selling a campaign bus.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Md. lawmakers look to amend state constitution to include environmental rights

Maryland lawmakers are seeking to amend the state constitution to establish that everybody has an inalienable right to a healthy environment. “I think it’s important to formally recognize environmental rights as civil rights,” the bill’s sponsor Del. Wanika B. Fisher (D-Prince George’s) said during a House Environment and Transportation Committee hearing Wednesday afternoon. “This issue is dear to my heart as my constituents face the harsh effects of environmental injustice.”

Read More: Wtop
Andy Harris rebuffs new resignation calls by Dems

U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st, countered calls by the Maryland Democratic Party for him to resign after he set off a House metal detector because he was carrying a gun. Harris’ office has stressed the Eastern Shore conservative has potentially carried a Maryland registered firearm for personal protection and has never carried a gun into the House chamber.

Read More: Star Democrat
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Del. Reid Novotny sworn in to Maryland General Assembly to represent Howard and Carroll, reflects on first day

Reid Novotny was sworn in as the new delegate representing parts of Howard and Carroll counties in District 9A on Wednesday, the opening day of the 2021 Maryland General Assembly session.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Autopsies in Maryland show much higher rate of COVID-19 than expected

Autopsies in Maryland reveal a much higher rate of COVID-19 infection that thought.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Maryland reports 2,265 coronavirus cases, 23 COVID-19 deaths

Maryland has now seen 816 deaths in December, the highest of any month so far except for April and May, both months in which more than 1,000 people residents died in the state.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Bowie State plans to use $25M from MacKenzie Scott for endowment, offering more scholarships and programs

Bowie State University plans to use a $25 million gift it received from MacKenzie Scott to grow its endowment, which will offer more financial help to students, enhance existing programs and create new ones, the college president said.

Read More: Baltimore Sun

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