Maryland Senate votes to return school start dates to local school boards

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed an Executive Order in 2016, requiring Maryland’s public schools to begin classes after Labor Day. Now, Maryland senators are pushing back, approving legislation giving local public school boards throughout the state the authority, again, to determine the start and end date of the schools in their county. The measure now moves on to the House.

Governor Hogan again urges bipartisanship, sets priorities in State of the State

Republican Governor Larry Hogan, inaugurated for a second term just two weeks ago, told a joint session of the Maryland General Assembly that the state of the state has “never been stronger.”

State offers free transportation to workers impacted by shutdown

Governor Larry Hogan announced on Thursday that federal workers who are not being paid because of the on-going government shutdown will be able to get free rides from the Maryland Transportation Administration.

Inauguration attendees express optimism for Gov. Larry Hogan’s second term

For the first time since 1955 Maryland Larry Hogan on Wednesday became the first Republican to be sworn in for back-to-back terms as governor. Hogan called on state lawmakers to “repudiate the debilitating politics practiced….down the road in Washington where insults substitute for debate, recriminations for negotiation, and gridlock for compromise.” Hogan says he wants to keep reaching across the aisle and set and example for the rest of the nation.

Legislation aims to improve oversight of nursing homes

Nursing homes in Maryland would get better oversight under two bills passed this year by the General Assembly.

Statewide Spay and Neuter program shows promising signs

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — The Humane Society of Somerset County van travels more than two hours every other Wednesday for low-cost clinic care for cats and dogs as a result of a state Spay and Neuter Grant Program.

Maryland lawmakers tackle health care proposals

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — A trio of weighty healthcare bills are moving through legislature to counterbalance recent healthcare decisions at the federal level.

Buildings demolished to help Baltimore fight crime, rebuild neighborhoods

They’re boarded up and crumbling down. Blocks of abandoned houses in Baltimore are being demolished as part of city and state’s joint Project C.O.R.E.–Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise. Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh says the buildings being targeted often contribute to the sale and use of drugs and other criminal gang activity. She says that bringing those structures down and rebuilding those neighborhoods and communities will help to push the city forward.

HBCU settlement pending; Md. lawmakers say it’s not enough

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Gov. Larry Hogan offered a settlement in the lawsuit for discrimination against Historically Black Institutions, but the schools need more.

Committee weighs bill to enforce Maryland hiring law

The Maryland House Appropriations Committee this week debated a bill regarding the hiring of state employees that would add more oversight to enforce laws enacted by the legislature more than a decade ago.

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