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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has vetoed a measure that would have shifted oversight for school construction away from the Board of Public Works.

It would have created a new commission that would have been made up of appointees from the Republican governor and the two Democratic Legislative leaders.

The Salisbury Daily Times report that Delegate Maggie McIntosh added amendment to a bill that would provide $400 million for annual public school construction.

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The automobile events like Cruisin’ and H2Oi in Ocean City could be changed by legislation from to Eastern Shore lawmakers.

Delegate Mary Beth Carozza (R) and State Senator Jim Mathias (D) have introduced bills that would allow the State Highway Administration to carve out special zones for such events.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that these would be similar to work zones.

The measures would give local authorities the power to designate certain zones and establish speed limits to protect the public safety.

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Paid Sick Leave is now the law of the land in Maryland.

The Maryland Senate had voted to give employers until July 1st to meet the demands of the new law but a House panel effectively killed the delay.

It requires that businesses with 15 or more employees must provide 5 days of paid six leave a year after the first 106 days of employment.

Bill Chambers, president and CEO of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, told the Salisbury Daily Times that he believed it would hurt small businesses.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has signed an executive order to create a new statewide development plan.

Hogan made the announcement Saturday in a speech to the Maryland Association of Counties.

The Republican governor says he has repeatedly heard from local officials who have asked for changes to PlanMaryland, which was put in place by Hogan's predecessor, Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat.

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State Senator Jim Mathias has a challenger in next year’s elections.

He’s Ed Tinus who ran for U.S. Senate Maryland in 2012 and 2016.  

But he was a Democrat then.

Now he wears the GOP label to challenge the Democratic incumbent in Senate District 38.

Tinus told the Salisbury Daily Times that he doesn’t really fit either party.

But, he added, with the current primary system it didn’t make sense to run as an independent.

And Republicans have a slight edge in the 38th District.

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Governor Larry Hogan stopped by Pocomoke City’s Hardwire Armor Systems yesterday along with State Senator Jim Mathias.

And he got a tour of the facility which makes armor technology.

George Tunis founded the company in the year 2000 but moved into the production of military and private armor after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 911.

Hogan got a video presentation of how his products are used by the U.S. military in its operations abroad.

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The Wicomico Youth and Civic Center could begin serving alcohol.

A measure approved by the House of Delegates would end a long dry spell and would allow the county to apply for a license from the Board of License Commissioners.

Eastern Shore state Senators Jim Mathias (D) and Addie Eckardt (R) sponsored the measure.

Mathias told the Salisbury Daily Times that he believed it would be administered responsibly.

County Executive Bob Culver said allowing the sale of alcohol was a key to $3 million in renovations for the next couple of years.

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A third Bay bridge took another step today.

The Maryland Senate has given the okay to fund a study of another span across the waters.

State Senator Jim Mathias told the Salisbury Daily Times that the vote was 40-to-4.

The measure would fund an environmental impact study and require the Maryland Transportation Authority to put aside specific money for it.

The vote comes after a study by the agency warned that the Bay Bridge could see backups of 14 miles if it is not widened by 2040.

The measure now goes to the House of Delegates.

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A big crowd that included state and local leaders showed up for the swearing of Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and the newly elected city council members last night at the Cypress Street Fire Station.

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With the terrorist attacks on Paris last week that saw around 130 people killed many others injured many are trying to take in the meaning the events. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with local officials to get their reactions and their concerns.

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