Maryland General Assembly targets suicide prevention

A series of bills aimed at improving mental health care systems in Maryland are under consideration in the Maryland General Assembly.

Baltimore organizations work to get COVID relief money to underserved residents

Mayor Brandon Scott relaunched a $6 million emergency COVID relief program for the city.  The program begins March 1, distributing $400 debit cards to up to 15,000 households with a focus on marginalized communities.

College athletes could be paid for endorsements under Maryland bill

Maryland legislators have introduced a bill in the state’s General Assembly that could allow for increased protections for college athletes as well as for them to profit off of their name, image and likeness.

Saltwater Invasion

Annapolis

Maryland bill would refine environmental justice commission

A bill in the Senate would reform a Maryland commission to reflect the diversity within the state and expand its duties to help vulnerable communities affected by environmental justice issues.

Legislation for control of the Baltimore Police moves to the House

Included a police-reform legislative package is SB0786, which would transfer control of the Baltimore Police Department from the state to the city for the first time in almost 160 years.

Bill to rebuild trust between immigrants and law enforcement

Lawmakers push for an immigration bill that would end collaboration with ICE in Maryland and prevent local law enforcement from inquiring about an individual’s place of birth.

College athletes could be paid for endorsements under Maryland bill

Maryland legislators have introduced a bill in the state’s General Assembly that could allow for increased protections for college athletes as well as for them to profit off of their name, image and likeness.

Nowhere To Go

Washington D.C.

Consumer groups ask for more targeted poultry inspections to curb contamination

In a petition submitted to the Agriculture Department, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Consumer Reports, the Consumer Federation of America and STOP Foodborne Illness are urging the USDA to prevent the continued contamination of poultry with salmonella and campylobacter, two of the most common causes of food-borne illness in the United States.

Biden and congressional Democrats try 180-degree turn on immigration

Using executive orders and new legislative proposals, the Biden administration is attempting a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration system – changes that are aimed at reversing the policies of the Donald Trump years.  “We are dedicated to achieving and,…

Lawmakers launch new effort at tightening background checks on gun sales

Amidst a surge in firearms sales, lawmakers in the Senate and House have introduced legislation expanding background checks for all gun purchases. “Background checks are simple, easy, and they save lives. That’s why more than 90 percent of Americans support…

Biden’s COVID relief plan includes $130 billion to help schools reopen

President Joe Biden’s $130 billion school reopening plan focuses on making schools safer for teachers and students, although returning to school remains a contentious and difficult issue. Reopening the majority of K-8 schools within his first 100 days in office…

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Maryland

Baltimore organizations work to get COVID relief money to underserved residents

Mayor Brandon Scott relaunched a $6 million emergency COVID relief program for the city.  The program begins March 1, distributing $400 debit cards to up to 15,000 households with a focus on marginalized communities.

A Maryland House bill is working to help patients with medical debt

Silver Spring, MD – Between 2009 and 2018, Maryland Hospitals have sued patients more than 145,000 times over unpaid medical bills, according to National Nurses United. A bill in the Maryland House aims to put a stop to patients losing their income and housing over unpaid bills that can be under $1,000.

Many Maryland schools set to reopen Monday

Many of Maryland’s most populous districts are set to welcome some students back for in-person instruction Monday, marking the start of varying local plans in response to Gov. Larry Hogan’s push to reopen schools by March 1.

COVID on Campus: Student experiences in quarantine

In 2020, COVID-19 spread across the country and impacted all ways of life. College life significantly changed in the United States due to the coronavirus, changing higher education and social life. We talked to students across the U.S. about their experiences in quarantine during their Fall 2020 term. Explore the map in the video to hear their stories.

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