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MD General Assembly '18 Report Card: What Passed

Here are some of the most notable bills to pass in the session, along with links to the legislation and WYPR's coverage

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Dominique Maria Bonessi

City Councilman Brandon Scott is to introduce legislation at tonight’s city council meeting requiring each city agency to study whether their policies are discriminatory. This would also require a fund to made.

Scott, a candidate for Lieutenant Governor, is proposing two bills to deal with inequity in city agencies. One of which, would create a charter amendment to assure funding.

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The Baltimore County Council is considering tightening up the laws on pet owners to protect animals from extreme weather. 

 

But council members were warned Tuesday that what they were considering might actually do pets harm.

 

 

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The clouds of state and federal felony convictions cleared from Omar Burley’s life Monday as state prosecutors cleared him of all charges against him. Federal prosecutors had cleared Burley of their charges back in December.

Burley, who served seven years of a 15-year sentence in federal prison before he was freed last August, had been framed by Baltimore’s now discredited Gun Trace Task Force.

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The Ravens signed an accomplished African-American quarterback who has been out of football for an extended period to join their roster last week.

But if you thought that signal caller’s name was Colin Kaepernick, you don’t pass go, and you don’t collect $200.

Instead of bringing in Kaepernick, the man who led the San Francisco 49ers to within a whisper of beating the Ravens in Super Bowl 47, the Baltimore brain trust instead signed Robert Griffin III.

Rachel Baye

The General Assembly voted Monday morning to pass a bill designed to open medical marijuana growing to minority-owned businesses, and specifically to African-Americans. The bill was the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus’s top priority in Annapolis this year.

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As Congressional debate over military strikes in Syria nears, Rep. John Sarbanes says he understands people are “weary and wary” of foreign military intervention. Plus: Lollar enters race for GOP gubernatorial nomination, a report on Frederick’s mayoral race, and more.

A roundup of some of the schedule changes in effect on this Labor Day. Maryland lawmakers welcome a debate over whether to authorize military strikes in Syria. Plus: a port of Baltimore expansion, OC parking meters, development in Anne Arundel County, and more.

The Grand Prix of Baltimore is underway; we’ve got info about the race and related road closures and public transit schedule changes. Plus: tax revenues in FY13 were below state projections, a look at calls for a higher minimum wage and a lower corporate income tax rate, and more.

Lots of road closures are in effect in Downtown Baltimore, as preparations for the Grand Prix continue. Plus: Governor O’Malley speaks at March On Washington commemorations, BGE is set to test PeakRewards, dealing with vacants, Smith on Dwyer’s troubles, and more.

Governor Martin O'Malley will speak at today's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.  More on today's events, plus: Grand Prix-related road closures, dolphin deaths, Labor Day travel projections, a bid for the 2024 Olympics, and more.

Grand Prix Street Closures, Delayed Rule Changes for Chicken Manure Use, DC-Based Federal Workers Urged to Stay Home on Wednesday, the NWS Confirms A Tornado In Harford County Earlier This Month, and more…

Grand Prix Street Closures, Delayed Rule Changes for Chicken Manure Use, DC-Based Federal Workers Urged to Stay Home on Wednesday, the NWS Confirms A Tornado In Harford County Earlier This Month, and more…

Back To School: It’s back to school time –nearly all public schools in the listening area that didn’t open last week are starting classes today. That includes schools in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and pretty much every other jurisdiction that didn’t open last week. Anne Arundel County schools do a staggered opening – so kids in some grades and at some buildings won’t return until tomorrow. And while most Cecil County kids got back to school last week, pre-K and kindergarten in Cecil won’t start ‘till tomorrow.

The Baltimore City Council is set to vote tonight on a controversial plan to provide $107-million of tax increment financing for the Harbor Point development. Two Baltimore City Council members are asking the state to reimburse the city for property tax money it didn’t receive because of a miscalculation made, at least in part, by the state’s Department of Assessments and Taxation. MD’s limited tax-free shopping week is underway; we’ve got a link to information about what’s exempt and what’s not. Plus: the DGA wants to be more active in gubernatorial elections nationwide (and, critics say, in federal races), Charles County businessman Charles Lollar says he plans to seek the GOP gubernatorial nomination, the DNR bans ginseng harvesting from state-owned lands, and more.

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