Tag: Catherine Pugh

State Roundup: Pugh gets 3 years

Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh given a tongue-lashing by the judge as she was sentenced to three years; Hogan requests $10 million as state prepares for coronavirus; lawmakers hear distracted driving monitoring bill; Frederick County sheriff, state trooper, revive man testifying in Annapolis with CPR; Hogan opposes changes to ICE access to driver’s license database; attorney general isn’t sold on extra funding for Baltimore crime; divided Senate expands protective orders; businesses oppose paid family leave; bills to address hospitals suing patients for unpaid bills; firearm theft bill goes to hearing; state lawmaker concerned about foster children with nowhere to go after psychiatric care; funding cut to universities in southern Maryland; Howard redistricting violated open meetings act; wireless elections equipment; lawmaker for agricultural education

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State Roundup: Lawmakers review Kirwan plan

State lawmakers begin review of Kirwan education recommendations, funding possibilities and dire warnings should it not be funded; in the meantime, students, parents and teachers rally outside State House to support education overhaul plan; Gov. Hogan names first inspector general to oversee education spending; with aging population, Maryland faces crisis in lack of one-on-one health care workers; UMMS board member acknowledges ‘some knowledge’ of Healthy Holly dealings; Kweisi Mfume takes heat over supporting sentencing leniency for Catherine Pugh; and five named to District Court bench in Prince George’s.

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State Roundup: House OKs school funds

Maryland House OKs $2.2 billion school repair, construction bill to ease crowding, replace old buildings; four committees to hear Kirwan education recommendations today; bill would enable people targeted by false police calls to sue the callers for damages; opioid chief Schuh defends expenditures after critical audit; half of Gov. Hogan’s “Green Bag” appointments go to women; new Redskins stadium may just replace the old one; state, local solution sought to hemp farm stench; and attorneys for Catherine Pugh cite distress, economic loss in seeking 366-day sentence for Baltimore’s former mayor.

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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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State Roundup, February 14, 2020

Prosecutors recommend nearly five years of jail in bombshell memorandum; includes Pugh’s business ties to city comptroller; GOP lawmakers offer education proposals; spousal rape defense debated; opinion piece on judicial elections; environmental groups oppose Conowingo Dam deal; lifetime supervision for sex offenders proposed; medical marijuana ban in jails discussed for third time; deadly assault spurs hate crime bill; more mental health training for police proposed; Frederick priorities for transportation set for U.S. 15; bill proposes parental consent for birth control after teen gets implant at school; Allegany debates if slots money should go to scholarships or emergency services

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Renewed push for paid sick leave gets pushback from new poll for business groups

Legislators are bringing back a proposed requirement for paid sick leave. Employers are already pushing back against the proposal, commissioning a poll that shows Marylanders support the concept of paid sick leave, but withdraw their support when told of its negative consequences. Advocates for paid sick leave derided the poll, saying it was a “push poll,” pushing people toward opposition with consequences that don’t exist. They cited a study of Seattle employers after that city passed a requirement for paid sick leave that found very few consequences.

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