Maryland redistricting groups ponder single, multi-member maps

One of Maryland’s two redistricting commissions is tasked with proposing a state legislative map using only single-member delegate districts, but the current mixed system still has significant support.

New cybersecurity guidance coming to Maryland localities

Local governments and small organizations are asked under a new law to go to the state of Maryland for advice in improving their cybersecurity, particularly after a handful of ransomware attacks in the past few years.

Robust, unique vaccine outreach bears fruit for state grant

A $3 million vaccine canvassing program Gov. Larry Hogan announced Sept. 8 is benefiting 26 community groups statewide, and by targeting some minority or vaccine-hesitant areas, more unique solutions are bearing fruit.

Redistricting commissions request public map submissions

Maryland’s two redistricting commissions are allowing the public to draw their own congressional and legislative maps to submit for consideration. Sources said they took several factors into consideration as they outlined districts, such as population, geography and whether or not race should play a dominant role.

With pandemic benefits ending, Maryland and U.S. poverty rates could rise

The combination of different federal initiatives implemented throughout the pandemic has supported large populations enough to prevent them from falling into poverty. However, as these temporary solutions are coming to an end, it may have detrimental effects on these populations that have been relying heavily on this financial support.

Maryland to start Apple’s electronic credentials program

Maryland is one of eight states to adopt Apple’s new digital driver’s license program. This event is the result of 2019 state legislation for electronic credentials coming to fruition.

Hogan announces boosters for people 65+ in nursing homes

Marylanders 65 and over living in congregate care facilities, including nursing homes, are eligible for COVID-19 booster shots effective immediately.

Chesapeake Bay area lawmakers urge EPA to enforce pollution standards

Pennsylvania and New York fell short in meeting their pollution reduction goals to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution sources by 2025. Lawmakers are pushing the Billion for the Bay Initiative to obtain more federal funding for Bay cleanup.

Emergency first responders doing vital but dangerous work during the pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency first responders’ efforts have increased in both necessity and danger. Emergency medical services workers are some of the most vulnerable front-line workers, but they have gone almost unnoticed in reporting about front-line workers during the pandemic.

Frederick County Public Schools creates program for incoming Kindergartners

Frederick Co., MD-The Rising Kindergarten program will take place this summer in elementary schools all over Frederick County, Maryland. This aims to help rising kindergarten students adjust to being in the classroom after online learning.