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Jones Introducing Package of Bills to Reduce Health and Financial Disparities in Communities of...

House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) unveiled a package of bills Tuesday aimed at minimizing race-based socio-economic and health disparities.“Our country had a...

Baltimore’s Minority-Owned Businesses Tell Lawmakers of Their Struggles to Find COVID Relief

When Dasia Kavia signed a lease for her first business in the Locust Point neighborhood of Baltimore, she had no idea a global pandemic...

Disconnected: More Than a Half-Million Md. Homes Lack Reliable Broadband

As lawmakers tackle the digital divide during the 2021 legislative session, a new study shows that more than 500,000 Maryland households don’t currently subscribe...

Lobbypalooza 2021 in Annapolis? Safe Bet on Sports Gaming

By a margin of 2:1, Maryland voters approved a referendum to legalize sports gambling in November. The ballot question carried all 23 counties and Baltimore...

Also Missing State Lawmakers: Annapolis Bars and Restaurants

James J. King has fond memories of opening days of the Maryland General Assembly.As a former Republican legislator from Anne Arundel County, he says...

Hogan Proposes $1 Billion Relief Package, Pressures Legislature for Swift Passage

Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) unveiled a proposed billion-dollar stimulus package at a Monday morning press conference, which would give low-income families $750...

Advocacy Groups, Political Leaders Ramp up Pressure on Lawmakers, Hogan for More Relief

As Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) prepares to unveil his latest COVID-19 relief package Monday and with the annual General Assembly session set...

Rutherford, Franchot Announce New Help for Small Businesses

Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford (R) and state Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) used Wednesday's Board of Public Works meeting to announce separate relief...

Opinion: How to Address the Pandemic’s Devastation in a Year of Budgetary Constraints

During the 2021 General Assembly session, lawmakers will be constrained by budgetary shortfalls, unaddressed legislation from last session, and tremendous needs for constituents. This...

Tenants’ Advocates and Landlords Push for Rental Assistance at Senate Briefing

Advocates for tenants and landlords alike told lawmakers Monday that the state needs to act quickly to dole out the $400 million in federal...