'A matter of life and death’: Maryland lawmakers tackle Kirwan education funding bill with marathon hearing

Maryland lawmakers on Monday began their formal review of sweeping, expensive legislation that supporters say would raise the state’s public schools to the world-class levels of educational powerhouses such as Finland, Singapore and Ontario. The multibillion-dollar effort has been talked about for years, but now faces its most significant step: Winning veto-proof support in the General Assembly. (Balt. Sun)

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Task Force Presents A Dozen Recommendations Designed To Keep E-Cigarettes Away From Kids

A state task force has come up with a dozen recommendations that would regulate the electronic cigarette industry in an effort to prevent e-cigarettes and other products from getting into the hands of those under 21. The state’s E-Facts Task Force met for the final time Monday afternoon to hear legislative recommendations on how to better regulate the industry. “Literally, in real-time, we are addicting an entire generation of young people,” state Comptroller Peter Franchot said. (WJZ-TV)

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Hogan names 5 to PG County District Court bench

Gov. Larry Hogan appointed five individuals to the Prince George’s County District Court bench Monday. Wennesa Bell Snoddy, John Anthony Bielec, Dolores Dorsainvil, LaKeecia Reneé Allen and Stacey Maria Cobb Smith were named to vacancies after being recommended by the county’s judicial nominating commission, according to a news release from the governor’s office. “The appointment of qualified individuals to serve across our state’s justice system is paramount to upholding our responsibilities to the people of Maryland and maintaining the highest standards of the rule of law,” Hogan said in a statement. (Daily Record)

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Judge preserves blind voters’ ADA suit, declines to issue injunction

A federal judge last week denied a request by blind voters to mandate the use of accessible devices by all Maryland voters in 2020 elections, a change that could carry a $9.7 million price tag. However, the judge refused to dismiss the voters’ Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit. The state currently uses hand-marked paper ballots as the default voting option. Voters with disabilities are offered a machine that electronically marks and prints their ballots, which look different from the hand-marked paper ballots, according to court filings. (Daily Record)


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Shore Lawmakers Get Bipartisan Support to Bring Data Firms to MD

A bipartisan bill sponsored by Senate Minority Whip Steve Hershey and Prince George’s Sen. Doug Peters, a Democrat, could make Maryland more competitive with surrounding states that have successfully used tax incentives to lure data center companies. "This is a tax exemption bill that we feel is necessary to begin attracting multi-million dollar data center facilities to Maryland,”  Hershey, R-Queen Anne’s, said before the Senate Budget and Tax Committee on Wednesday. (Chestertown Spy)

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Family Of Construction Worker Kyle Hancock Killed In Trench Collapse Files Suit Against Baltimore City

The family of a man killed in a trench collapse in Baltimore in 2018 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city. Kyle Hancock was working on a sewer line near the Clifton Park pool when a trench caved in, burying him alive. Rescue workers tried to save the 20-year-old but were unsuccessful; his body was recovered 10 hours later. (WJZ-TV)

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‘Trust was misplaced’: UMMS board member acknowledges some knew of Pugh’s ‘Healthy Holly’ deal

As a Maryland Senate committee continued vetting nominees to the revamped University of Maryland Medical System board Monday night, one returning board member acknowledged that he had some knowledge of the “Healthy Holly” book deals that sparked a scandal and resulted in the conviction of former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. (Balt Sun)

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Gov. Hogan Appoints Maryland’s First Education Inspector General Richard P. Henry To Serve As ‘Schools Watchdog’

Governor Larry Hogan appoints Richard P. Henry as the state’s first Inspector General for Education. Henry has spent over 30 years in law enforcement at the federal level and currently works as executive director of the Maryland State Department of Education’s Office of Compliance and Monitoring. (WJZ)

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