Hogan Announces Special Election to Fill Congressional Seat

Today, Governor Larry Hogan announced a special primary election to fill the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings seat. The special primary election will take place February 4, with a special general election on April 28. Hogan had 10 days from the death of Rep. Cummings on October 17 to issue a proclamation setting the dates of both the special primary and general elections for Cummings replacement. Candidates who want to run for the seat can…

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Former Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden Has Died

Baltimore County school board member Roger Hayden, who previously served as county executive from 1990 to 1994, has died. County executive Johnny Olszewski commented on Hayden's death in a statement on Thursday. From The Baltimore Sun: “A dedicated public servant and tireless advocate for public education, County Executive Hayden exemplified what it means to give back to our communities," Olszewski said. "Baltimore County is stronger for his service and my sympathies and prayers are with…

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Comptroller’s Office Seeks Nominations for the R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. Award for Distinguished Public Service

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot has announced a new award to pay tribute to R. Clayton Mitchell Jr., one of the most skilled and respected lawmakers in Maryland history. Joined by two of Speaker Mitchell’s sons, the Comptroller officially announced the new award last week at Twinny’s Place in Galena, a favorite restaurant of the late House Speaker who passed away in June. The R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. Award for Distinguished Public Service seeks to recognize…

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State, Local Officials Mourn the Loss of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings

Representative Elijah Cummings, longstanding champion for the city of Baltimore and the State of Maryland, passed away early this morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 68 years old. Cummings represented Maryland's 7th Congressional District for 23 years. A former trial attorney, he became a national figure in January of this year when he was appointed as chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has ordered flags at…

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International Cycling Race Coming to Maryland Labor Day Weekend 2020

Starting Labor Day Weekend of 2020, Baltimore will host a major international cycling race for three years. While few detailed have been finalized, the 110- to 125-mile race would start and end in Baltimore City, but travel through surrounding counties. Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports and vice president of communications for the Maryland Stadium Authority, believes the event will bring a $20 million benefit to the area. From Baltimore Sun's coverage: The organizers…

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Washington College to host Eastern Shore Environmental Legislative Summit Oct. 6

The Washington College Center for Environment and Society will host The Eastern Shore Environmental Legislative Summit on Sunday, October 6, 2019, at The Gibson Center for the Arts in Chestertown, Maryland. Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and Former Delegate Heather Mizeur will facilitate this summit, which will focus on the Eastern Shore as ground zero for climate change in Maryland. Baltimore County Delegate Dana Stein, and Montgomery Delegate Vaughn Stewart will be among the featured speakers,…

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New Maryland Laws Take Effect October 1

Hundreds of new Maryland laws will take effect on Tuesday, October 1. From the Maryland Reporter on local laws: Route 50 HOV lanes: SB70 — Effective Sept. 29, this law repeals 2016 and 2018 legislation that allowed qualified hybrid vehicles to operate in the high-occupancy vehicle or HOV lane on U.S. Route 50 between Interstate 95/495 and U.S. Route 301 without passengers. Electric cars will still be allowed to travel on this stretch without passengers. —Eric Myers…

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“Invasive” Underwater Grasses Helping Maintain Bay Health

A recent study shows that despite several downward indicators, bay grasses (including some non-native introduced species) have helped maintain aquatic life in the Chesapeake Bay. On WYPR's "The Environment In Focus," host Tom Pelton discusses a recent study, showing how the Chesapeake Bay has dealt with heavy loads of sediment and pollutants arising from heavy storm seasons. From the WYPR website: But, here’s the surprising part:  the bay’s overall health dipped only slightly last year,…

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MACo Soliciting 2020 Legislative Initiative Proposals

MACo is currently welcoming suggestions for legislative initiatives for the 2020 legislative session. Each year, MACo adopts up to four topics to forward as initiatives — working with supportive legislators to get those bills introduced and enacted. Past years have seen a wide range of MACo focus — from major budgetary topics to legal clarifications to public health measures. County governing bodies, individual elected officials, MACo’s professional affiliate groups, MACo chapter organizations, and others within…

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Join MACo In Calling For A Local Infrastructure Fast Track

A perennial MACo initiative, counties have called for the return of their fair share of transportation-sourced revenues to fund their roadwork for years. This year, MACo's initiative calls for a Local Infrastructure Fast Track - a #LIFT4MD - to bring local governments back their historic 30 percent share of transportation revenues from the State's Transportation Trust Fund. It also calls for an assessment of the state of local infrastructure in Maryland, and for the State…

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