Business, Crime, Police/Fire, Politics

Governor Hogan vetoes bill that would eliminate life sentences without parole for juveniles

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan has announced actions on legislation passed by the General Assembly during the 2021 legislative session. The governor has vetoed SB494 – Juveniles Convicted as Adults – Sentencing – Limitations and Reductions. Governor Hogan issued the following statement on the matter: “Our administration has consistently demonstrated a historic commitment to criminal justice reform. In 2016, we passed …


Business, Education, Health, Politics

Governor Hogan announces additional COVID-19 relief grants for Maryland schools

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland State Department of Education on Wednesday announced $10 million in grant awards to support Maryland schools, both public and nonpublic, as they continue to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding provides $1 million grants to 10 programs that address the needs of at-risk students. “An essential part of Maryland’s recovery …


Governor Hogan announces $258 million in additional rental relief funding

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced that a total of $402 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding had been distributed to Maryland to provide assistance for individuals and families struggling to pay their rent due to the pandemic. A total of $258.1 million was provided to the state this week, which will be administered through the Department of Housing …

Governor Hogan unveils FY22 budget focused on education, tax relief, economic recovery [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday unveiled his Fiscal Year 2022 (FY 2022) recovery budget, which makes record investments in K-12 education and public health, provides tax relief to struggling Marylanders and small businesses, expands resources for crime prevention and fighting the opioid epidemic, fully funds Chesapeake Bay restoration, and lays a strong foundation for the state’s economic recovery. “We …

Olszewski unveils legislative agenda for 2021 General Assembly session

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski will again make the fight for school construction and transformational education funding the top priorities of his legislative agenda for the upcoming 2021 General Assembly session. The continued push for education funding will be part of a robust agenda that also includes policies to protect the environment, replicate Baltimore County’s police reform model, and …

Attorney General’s COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force releases final report

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Monday released the final report of the Attorney General’s COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force. The report, Confronting the COVID-19 Access to Justice Crisis, is the culmination of six months of work by members of the task force and includes 59 significant legislative and policy recommendations to help Marylanders recover from the …

Senator West, Councilman Marks: Change law to enforce more oversight of schools

The following op-ed was submitted by Senator Chris West and Councilman David Marks, who represent northeastern Baltimore County. This month, instruction for Baltimore County Public Schools’ system was disrupted by a ransomware attack, the costs of which are still not known. We would like to thank the personnel who are working to correct the problem, as well as educators, students …

Perry Hall High School senior to serve as 2021 Maryland General Assembly student page

PERRY HALL, MD—Six Baltimore County Public Schools high school seniors, including one student from Perry Hall High School, have been selected to serve as 2021 Maryland General Assembly student pages. According to the Maryland General Assembly website, the 2021 Virtual Page Program has been “re-imagined” to provide the 2021 participants an opportunity to better understand and experience the legislative process …