Hogan Deploys State Police to Assist with COVID-19 Compliance

Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced a series of actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland. Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland State Police will expand its COVID-19 Compliance and Coordination Center and deploy "High Visibility Compliance Units" across Maryland, with additional troopers assigned in each county to work in partnership with local governments to investigate reports of violations of state law. Governor Hogan emphasized the…

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McCray to Chair Baltimore City Senate Delegation
Second Chance panel from Left to Right: Melissa Jones-Harris, Michael Piercy, Delegate McCray, Carnitra White, Ernestine, Caryn York
McCray to Chair Baltimore City Senate Delegation

Senator Cory McCray on Friday was elected Chair of the Baltimore City Senate Delegation. Senator McCray -- who was elected to the 45th District Senate seat in 2018 after serving four years in the House of Delegates -- is a member of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. According to Maryland Matters: “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead our delegation over the next two years,” McCray said in a statement. “In our…

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Howard to Host First FY 22 Resident’s Budget Hearing

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will hold his first Resident’s Budget Hearing for the FY 22 budget cycle on Wednesday, December 9 at 6:00 pm. This year’s budget hearing will be held virtually and can be watched live from the County Council’s streaming website. "This year has been unprecedented in many ways, and our upcoming budget season will be no exception. The ongoing pandemic has caused serious economic consequences and challenges for our fiscal outlook,"…

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Comptroller to Unemployment Insurance Recipients: Prepare for Higher Tax Bill

Comptroller Peter Franchot is urging Maryland taxpayers who are collecting unemployment insurance to plan for the potential loss of Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) that they would normally receive. The EITC is a benefit for people with low-to-moderate-incomes. Taxpayers who meet all of the federal requirements may be eligible for a Maryland credit up to half of the federal EITC, but not greater than the state income tax. While unemployment insurance is taxable, it is…

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Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Governor Hogan’s COVID-19 Restrictions

A federal judge in Baltimore today rejected a lawsuit brought by several Maryland residents, business owners, and religious leaders challenging the constitutionality of a series of executive orders issued by Governor Larry Hogan aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The plaintiffs asserted a number of claims under federal law for violations of the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause, the First Amendment’s guarantee of the freedom of assembly, the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause, the…

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Time Is Running Out to Apply for Missing COVID-19 Stimulus Checks

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding anyone who doesn't normally file a tax return that they have until 3:00 pm Saturday, November 21, to register with the IRS for an Economic Impact Payment (EIP). The only way to receive an EIP in 2020 is to register using the Non-Filers: Enter Info Here tool on IRS.gov before the Saturday deadline. According to the IRS, the only people who should register are those who don't typically file a…

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Hogan Rolls Back Reopenings: “This Is Not the Flu”

Governor Larry Hogan announces new restrictions as COVID-19 infections skyrocket across the state. Governor Larry Hogan today announced a series of actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland. “In addition to masks, avoiding crowds, and social distancing, one of the most important things you can do to protect your friends and family is to get tested for COVID-19" said Hogan. Maryland today reported 2,149 new COVID-19 infections, the fourteenth consecutive day of at least…

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Counties Partner with MDH to Distribute Free Masks

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) announced today that it is partnering with local officials in Allegany, Dorchester, and Montgomery Counties to launch a new round of #MasksOnMaryland mask distribution events. On Wednesday, November 18, each county will host an event to encourage the use of face coverings in public places by providing free face masks to residents. Maryland today reported 2,149 new COVID-19 infections, the fourteenth consecutive day of at least 1,000 new cases —…

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NG911 Commission Meets to Finalize 2020 Recommendations

The Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG911) Across Maryland this week will meet virtually to vote on subcommittee recommendations relating to staffing and training; technology and cybersecurity; oversight and accountability; and funding and structure. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 across Maryland, a 2018 MACo Legislative Initiative, was established to update state laws and the 9-1-1 financing system to provide the flexibility and resources needed for the deployment…

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