Hogan Orders All Polling Places Open on Election Day, Encourages Absentee Voting

With 118 days until the November general election, and given the State Board of Elections’ (SBE) failure to provide a formal recommendation on how to conduct the election, Governor Larry Hogan today directed the Board to follow existing state law and conduct the election with enhanced voting options in light of the COVID-19 pandemic: Every early voting center should be open and every polling location should be open on Election Day to accommodate anyone who…

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Local Election Directors Ask Hogan to Reject “Ill-Advised” Plan for Nov Election

The Maryland Association of Election Election Officials (MAEO) is calling on Governor Larry Hogan to reject an "ill-advised" plan to mail absentee ballot applications (instead of absentee ballots) to voters in advance of Maryland’s 2020 general election. MAEO is the professional membership organization comprised of local election officials and Election Boards from all 24 jurisdictions in the State of Maryland. The plan, which was endorsed by a majority of members of the State Board of Elections…

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General Assembly to Launch Police Body Camera Task Force

Law Enforcement Body Camera Task Force to study costs and access to justice issues for police body-worn cameras.  The task force was created by legislation passed by the General Assembly in the 2020 session to help local governments deal with the costs of body camera programs which can be significant for video and data storage. Maryland Matters reports: [Del. Jazz] Lewis and Del. David Moon (D-Montgomery) will represent the House of Delegates on the task…

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Montgomery County’s Minimum Wage to Increase on July 1

The minimum wage in Montgomery County will increase on July 1. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Montgomery County's minimum wage will rise the minimum wage incrementally, each July 1, until it reaches $15 per hour in 2022. The number of workers employed by the business will determine the amount of the increase. The County’s minimum wage will rise to $14 for employers with 51 or more employees and $13.25 for employers with 50 or…

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Conduit Street Podcast: A View From the Senate

Unemployment Insurance Senator Kagan's letter to Governor Hogan Coronavirus and Unemployment Resources Telehealth Senator Kagan's letter to Dr. Karen Salmon on School-Based Health Centers Maryland Matters article describing the telehealth discrepancy in schools Prince George’s TV Interview on telehealth State Song Coverage from The Washington Post Coverage from The Baltimore Sun Senator Kagan's Social Media/Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Website

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House Committees Hear Update on Distance Learning, Student Engagement
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House Committees Hear Update on Distance Learning, Student Engagement

Yesterday, the Maryland House Ways and Means and Appropriations Committees jointly met for a briefing on education issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. The briefing consisted of presentations from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), the Public School Superintendents' Association of Maryland (PSSAM), the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA), and the Baltimore Teachers Union. MSDE State Superintendent Karen Salmon discussed Maryland Together, the state's education recovery…

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State Legislative Complex Will Remain Closed to Public Through Summer

The Annapolis legislative complex will remain closed to the public through at least Labor Day, according to a memo detailing the recommendations of a bipartisan group of staffers from the House, Senate, and Department of Legislative Services concerning the parameters for reopening the complex to members, staff, and visitors. According to the memo: Public accessibility to the legislative complex is a cornerstone of a fair and transparent lawmaking process. The pandemic has posed unique challenges…

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Maryland High Court Upholds State’s Remedy for Wynne Refunds

Maryland Court of Appeals upholds remedy for residents who had paid county income taxes on income earned in other states. In a unanimous decision, the Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that the General Assembly acted within the Constitution in providing that Marylanders who had paid an unconstitutional tax would be reimbursed at an interest rate pegged to the prime rate used by banks, but less than the 13% interest rate paid on certain other…

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