Republican lawmakers attempt to amend bill on sales of long guns, while Democrats call them a ‘distraction’; Senate President Ferguson and Sen. Miller push for online ad tax to help fund education, others question its fairness, constitutionality; Gov. Hogan revives push for statewide post-Labor Day school start; proposal would protect Maryland drivers who have their licenses confiscated due to Real ID non-compliance; Speaker Jones turns on House live-streaming; legislation would extend protection to private citizens breaking into cars to save heat-distressed animals; and sisters of late U.S. Rep. Cummings endorses Mfume, Spikes.
Senate panel grills new nominees, three returnees to scandal-embattled UMMS board; new bill would push state into creating MARC commuter routes into N. Virginia; Prince George’s State’s Attorney outlines changes in attitude toward pot possession, approaches to prosecution; AARP blankets Annapolis over aging issues; Sen. Jennings says Preakness must stay in Baltimore; bill would allow some jurisdictions to set up commissions to address climate change; developers ask BPW to review contract over Maryland Insurance Commission offices; Gov. Hogan names Chanel Branch to replace former Del. Glenn; Baltimore’s Airbnbs generated $20 million in revenue in 2019; and first Marylander tested for coronavirus.
Seven hundred shore-area residents pack PSC hearing on offshore wind proposal; bill would give jurisdictions veto over state-backed toll road projects; Gov. Hogan’s greenhouse gas plan called ‘truly vague;’ with left-leaning General Assembly, lawmakers expect more strict gun control regulations; with Chanel Branch’s nomination to fill Del. Glenn’s seat, General Assembly revives debate over filling vacancies; Maryland has highest rate of incarcerating black men ages 18-24; bill sets stage to keep Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, make Laurel Park year-round racing venue; and Allegany Board of Commissioners president defends board support of Dan’s Mountain wind project.