Organ donation could be taught in Md. schools

State legislation could add material on organ and tissue donation to public high school curriculum. Other Maryland legislation would ensure unpaid leave for those recovering from living organ donation as well as prohibit insurance companies from not allowing a client to make an organ or tissue donation.

Maryland legislative leaders announce plans for education funding

Maryland Democratic legislators and William “Brit” Kirwan announced Tuesday “The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future,” a bill that would provide funding for increased teacher salaries, improved teacher training and free, full-day prekindergarten for 3- and 4-year-old children in poverty. These improvements were laid out by the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, chaired by Kirwan.

State House Democrats present 2019 General Assembly priorities

Maryland Senate and House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled their legislative agenda for the 2019 General Assembly. Among their top priorities: increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour and raising the age to 21 in order to buy tobacco products.

Maryland lawmakers demand answers from regents

Lawmakers on Thursday admonished the chancellor and chair of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents for the panel’s lack of transparency and overreach in a controversial decision to retain the University of Maryland, College Park football coach and athletic director, while accepting the university president’s resignation.

Hogan establishes statewide schools investigator general

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order Tuesday forming an Office of Education Accountability, an independently appointed investigator general, to look into allegations of corruption, abuse and other improprieties in the public education systems across the state.

Election-year session ends with an eye on November

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Overhauling state tax code in response to sweeping federal tax cuts, bolstering school safety after a shooting at a Southern Maryland high school and stabilizing health insurance markets were just a few of the myriad policy decisions the Maryland General Assembly addressed in 2018 during the 90-day legislative session.

Annapolis Roundup: Medical cannabis, other bills advance

Maryland legislation that expands the state’s medical cannabis industry to include more minority ownership on Thursday passed in the House of Delegates — where it had failed in the waning minutes of the session last year.

Dems put tax relief atop Maryland legislative priorities

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. and Speaker Michael Busch, both Democrats, on Tuesday in Annapolis laid out three points to offset changes in the recently passed Republican federal tax bill.

Maryland Democrats ready to play defense against President Trump

Maryland Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch announced new legislative initiatives designed to protect Maryland against the effects of President Donald Trump’s executive orders and new regulations.

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