FCC Unveils Plan for $200 Million COVID-19 Telehealth Program

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai yesterday announced a proposal to support telehealth amid the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. If adopted by the Commission, the program would help eligible health care providers purchase telecommunications equipment, broadband access, and devices necessary to provide remote health services. https://twitter.com/AjitPaiFCC/status/1245054104789045248 Telehealth could help slow the spread of the virus to and among health care workers and patients who are not infected. As part of the CARES Act,…

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Baltimore County Announces Emergency Fund to Support COVID-19 Response

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which will support the County’s efforts to promote public health and support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will be managed by the Baltimore Community Foundation, and County leadership will determine how the fund is allocated. “We know that in addition to health concerns, many residents are facing job loss, food insecurity, and other challenges during this extraordinary time, and this…

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Maryland Attorney General Urges DeVos to Hold on Title IX Implementation

Along with 17 other attorneys general (AG), Maryland AG Brian Frosh urged United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to pause regulations on Title IX rules governing how sexual violence cases are handed by colleges. The jointly signed letter depicts how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted daily life for many Americans and the need for agencies to prioritize resources in order to slow the spread. In 2018, Secretary DeVos published draft rules concerning Title IX,…

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Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Sites Open in Maryland

As reported in The Baltimore Business Journal the Governor has announced three new drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Glen Burnie, Waldorf, and Bel Air and an additional testing site at FedEx Field: There is no charge for testing at any of these sites, but testing remains limited, [Governor Larry] Hogan said. ... Maryland Deputy Health Secretary Fran Phillips noted that to be tested, people must have symptoms and have an order from a medical provider…

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Could Next Stimulus Bill Roll Back SALT Cap?

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today suggested the next coronavirus economic stimulus package contain a provision to retroactively lift the cap state and local tax (SALT) deductions. According to The Hill: In an interview with The New York Times, Pelosi suggested that reversing the tax law's $10,000 cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction for 2018 and 2019 could be a way to provide individuals with more money. “They’d have more disposable income, which…

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Maryland Courts to Stay Closed to Public Through May 1

Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera has extended the order restricting judiciary operations to May 1. Under the order, courthouses are closed to the public and operating with essential staff only to handle emergency matters. From Southern Maryland Newspapers Online: Courts throughout the state will continue to conduct remote proceedings using various communication platforms consistent with the court systems pervious order on the matter. All non-emergency matters scheduled for a court hearing…

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SDAT Extends Business Filings Deadline to July 15

The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) today announced that the 2020 deadline to submit Annual Reports and Personal Property Tax Returns will be automatically extended to July 15 as part of the Hogan administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Expiration dates for trade names and name reservations, as well as entity forfeiture dates, will also be extended to 30 days after the state of emergency is rescinded in accordance with Governor Hogan’s executive…

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Comptroller Warns of Stimulus Check Scams

Since Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act also known as the CARES Act, taxpayers have been expecting relief in the form of stimulus checks. Comptroller Peter Franchot today issued a statement warning the public of scammers attempting to exploit the COVID-19 crisis and gain taxpayer financial information by pretending it is needed to process stimulus checks. The Comptroller's Office reminds taxpayers not to share personal information online or over the phone.…

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State Prison System Sees First Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Officials have confirmed that three individuals -- one inmate and two non-correctional contract employees -- from two different Maryland state prison facilities have tested posted for COVID-19. The Baltimore Sun reports: “The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has COVID-19 Response Teams working to determine whether any other staff or inmates may have had contact with the three individuals who tested positive,” the system said in a statement. The statement said DPSCS has been…

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