State Fire Marshall Kicks Off Community Risk Reduction Week

Today marks the start of Community Risk Reduction (CRR) Week, a grassroots effort by the nation's fire service to encourage fire prevention and life safety education. Although COVID-19 will change the look of this year's efforts, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, along with multiple fire departments throughout Maryland, will take part in physically distanced or safe CRR initiatives to get ahead of the 9-1-1 call before an emergency happens. The Office of the…

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Hogan Declares State of Emergency for Presidential Inauguration

Governor Hogan declares state of emergency, seeks reimbursement for costs related to D.C. riots, presidential inauguration. Governor Larry Hogan today declared a state of emergency ahead of the 2021 Presidential Inauguration. The proclamation will allow the state to more efficiently coordinate support and provide assistance to local jurisdictions within Maryland and neighboring states. The emergency declaration authorizes the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and all other appropriate state authorities to deploy and coordinate available resources in…

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Biden’s Relief Plan Includes $350 Billion In Critical Aid for State and Local Govts

President-elect Joe Biden yesterday unveiled the details of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue package that aims to speed up the vaccine rollout and keep the economy afloat amid the deepening COVID-19 pandemic. The proposal — entitled the American Rescue Plan — includes direct payments of $1,400 stimulus checks to qualifying Americans (bringing the total relief to $2,000), $350 billion in direct aid to state and local governments, an increase in and extension of federal unemployment…

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Hogan Unveils $1 Billion Stimulus Package

Governor Larry Hogan this week previewed a $1 billion proposal to provide stimulus checks for low-income working Marylanders, help for small businesses, and a series of tax cuts. The Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families Act (RELIEF) is one of several economic recovery packages expected to be considered by the Maryland General Assembly this session. The RELIEF Act would provide up to $750 for families and $450 for individuals who filed for…

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Big Leadership Changes in Maryland’s House of Delegates

House Speaker Adrienne Jones announced new leadership assignments, committee swaps, and appointments for newly-appointed members of the House of Delegates. Delegate Mark Chang will serve as vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee, a post previously held by Delegate Michael Jackson, who today will be sworn in as a member of the Maryland Senate, filling the seat formerly held by Senate President Emeritus Mike Miller. Delegate Ben Barnes will be the new chair of the…

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Hogan Executive Order Establishes New Redistricting Commission

Governor Larry Hogan today issued an executive order to establish the Maryland Citizen Redistricting Reform Commission, which will be charged with drawing fair legislative and congressional maps for the 2022 elections. “This commission is the first of its kind in the long history of our state,” said Governor Hogan. In Maryland, the General Assembly has primary authority to draw both congressional and state legislative district lines. The governor, aided by an advisory commission, submits a…

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Montgomery Leverages CARES Funds to Offer Outdoor WiFi at Public Libraries

Montgomery County has leveraged federal COVID-19 funding to install outdoor public WiFi at several Public Library (MCPL) branches. This free service is available 24 hours a day in parking lots adjacent to the library buildings. As leaders in the fight against COVID-19, counties are expending federal relief funds to address immediate health, equity, and safety concerns, as well as to promote economic resiliency and recovery. From small business support grant programs to rental and mortgage…

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Frederick Offers Second Round of Restaurant Grants

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner yesterday announced a second round of grants to support restaurants and other foodservice businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The County will provide an additional $1.3 million to its Food Service Grants program, to which the County initially dedicated $2 million. Grants will be awarded in two categories. The first category includes commercially located bakeries and caterers, carry-out restaurants with no seating, and food trucks. The second group includes restaurants…

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