Author: Bryan Renbaum

Hogan implores lawmakers to take immediate action on crime bills

Calling violent crime in Baltimore a crisis, the governor re-designates his violent-crime package as emergency legislation and begs the General Assembly to immediately pass the bills so he can quickly sign them into law. “We don’t want to hear any more excuses. There cannot be any more delays. We need to stop playing politics. Pass these bills.”

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American Heart Association says Franchot’s task force recommendations on curbing youth e-cigarette use, vaping do not go far enough

The American Heart Association said Tuesday that recommendations in a report newly released by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot’s office aimed at curbing underage access to electronic smoking devices (ESDs) are good but do not go far enough because they do not call for an outright ban of flavored nicotine products.

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Sen. Carter says there is no ‘public utility’ to locking up Pugh

A day after federal prosecutors called for sending former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to prison for nearly five years, state Sen. Jill Carter, D-Baltimore City, said she does not believe there is any “public utility” to locking up the disgraced politician. Pugh’s attorneys echoed that sentiment, asking for a sentence of one year and one day in a sentencing memorandum filed with the federal court on Friday, according to the Baltimore Sun.

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Del. Szeliga says action must be taken to help teachers deal with chronically disruptive students

House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga, R-Baltimore-Harford, called for action on five bills aimed at helping teachers deal with disruptive students. “We’re not talking about passing notes and chewing gum. We’re talking about arguing, fighting, cussing at teachers, physically and verbally assaulting teachers and other students. Teachers need the tools in the toolbox to take their classrooms back without fear of administration interference.”

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