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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland House panel has voted against Gov. Larry Hogan's congressional redistricting reform bill, but a Senate committee has passed a bill to create a mid-Atlantic compact for drawing congressional district lines.

The Republican governor's bill, which was voted down Monday, would have put congressional and state legislative redistricting in the hands of an independent board in Maryland to take the politics out of the process of drawing districts.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Four of Maryland's U.S. House members are criticizing Republican Gov. Larry Hogan for not speaking out against the GOP health care bill in Washington.

Reps. Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, John Sarbanes and Jamie Raskin gathered in front of the governor's residence on Monday to criticize Hogan for not joining four GOP governors who've made their own proposal about how to overhaul Medicaid for low-income people.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has passed the state's $43.5 billion budget.
    
The House voted 135-6 for the measure Thursday. The bill now goes to the Senate.
    
The House also voted 112-29 for a companion bill that is working in tandem with the budget legislation to balance the state's books.
    
The measures passed with little debate, but lawmakers have expressed concerns about how changes in the federal government could affect the state's workforce and budget.
    

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a measure to require paid sick leave for businesses that have 15 or more employees.

The Senate voted 29-18 for the bill on Thursday.

The vote is significant, because the Senate would need 29 votes to override a veto from Gov. Larry Hogan, who said Wednesday he would veto the bill in its current form.

All of the senators who supported the bill were Democrats. Four Democrats joined 14 Republicans to vote against it.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is hailing legislation that would delay the scoring and ranking of road projects saying that it would prevent the cancelation of 66 projects.

Maryland lawmakers agreed to delay implementation for two years – that is just beyond next year’s gubernatorial election.

Hogan had wanted full repeal of the measure.

The governor had said that the scoring system would have favored projects in just a few urban counties.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says he would veto a bill requiring businesses with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick leave.

The Republican governor announced his intention during a news conference Wednesday

He says either a bill passed by the House or a measure nearing a vote in the Senate would be "dead on arrival." Hogan has his own proposal that would provide for paid sick leave for businesses with 50 or more employees. It hasn't moved forward.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An alternative headline on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's Facebook page has been littered by "road kill."

The governor's page altered a headline Tuesday from The Baltimore Sun and changed it back to the newspaper's original one after a couple of hours.

The headline referred to a bill before lawmakers that has been contentious for the Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled legislature. Hogan has derisively called the measure the "road kill bill," because he says it will end up blocking projects.

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As the rain and snow descend on Delmarva some 30-thousand residents are now without power in New Castle County.

Some of those outages are not expected to be restored until this afternoon.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the storm may be less than predicted.

Forecasters are now saying there could be from 1 to 3 inches instead of predicted 8 to 12 inches.

Roads were reported to be pretty clear with the sleet and rain washing away the snow.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate panel has rejected Gov. Larry Hogan's nominee to head the Maryland Department of Planning.

The Senate Executive Nominations Committee voted 11-6 Monday against the appointment of Wendi Peters.

Democrats who control the panel say they felt she was unqualified for the Cabinet post. 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is scheduled to vote on a measure to allow workers at companies with 15 or more employees to earn paid sick leave.

The Senate is set to vote on the bill Tuesday.

The Senate measure would enable employees to earn up to five paid sick days a year. The House of Delegates already has passed a bill to enable employees to earn up to seven paid sick days a year.

The two chambers will have to work out differences between the two measures to pass a bill this year before session ends April 10.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland state Sen. Richard Madaleno says he's considering running for governor.

The Montgomery County Democrat said Wednesday he is giving some thought to running for the Democratic nomination next year to take on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

He says he believes Maryland needs "an optimistic vision for rebuilding" the state.

Madaleno has been a senator since 2007. Before that, he served a term in the House of Delegates starting in 2003.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says the health care plan proposed by House Republicans in Congress still has a long way to go.

He said it's too soon to say how the legislation will affect Maryland residents.

The Republican governor said states that expanded Medicaid need to be considered as lawmakers work on the legislation.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A nominee to the Maryland State Board of Education is facing questions about a record of traffic offenses and debt.

Brandon Cooper appeared Monday before a state Senate panel that is considering his nomination by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Cooper, who is 28, says he has learned from his mistakes. His record includes a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to appear in court and liens for failing to pay state taxes.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is making another push for legislative redistricting reform.

The Republican governor held a news conference Friday before hearings on legislation he is backing. The measure aims to take politics out of the process of drawing legislative districts by putting the task in the hands of an independent board.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland health care advocates are highlighting the need for a new state commission to monitor potential changes to the Affordable Care Act.
    
They are scheduled to gather Wednesday before a hearing on the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Act.
    
It is part of a package of bills that Democrats are backing out of concern for how policies supported by President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress could hurt Maryland.
    

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has confirmed the state's lottery director, more than 21 months after Republican Gov. Larry Hogan appointed him.

The Democrat-controlled Senate voted 27-17 Monday night to confirm Gordon Medenica.

Some senators have expressed confidence in his experience. He was the director of the New York Lottery form 2007 to 2012.

The Hogan administration cites a record $1.08 billion the lottery has raised for the state's general fund, education and other causes under Medenica's stewardship.

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A 28-year-veteran of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been terminated this week after meeting with watermen.

The Chesapeake Bay Journal reports that Brenda Davis has been a longtime advocate for limits on blue-crab fishing in the bay.

The Washington Post reports that some watermen who have been critical of the limits recently meet with Governor Larry Hogan.

And the Maryland Republican has been critical the state’s restrictions on fishing.

DNR has declined to comment on the issue noting that it is a personnel matter.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Activists opposed to President Donald Trump are calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to take a stand against his policies.

Three women interrupted the Board of Public Works meeting Wednesday to ask why the Republican governor wasn't speaking out against Trump.

In video recorded by a Baltimore Sun reporter, Samantha Easton asked Hogan "to speak up against the current administration's agenda." She specifically noted concerns about repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Senate panel voted Monday to send the appointment of Maryland's acting lottery director to the full Senate for a confirmation vote - more than 21 months after Gov. Larry Hogan appointed him to the job.

The Senate Executive Nominations Committee voted in favor of Gordon Medenica's appointment Monday.

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Generally, students in Maryland public schools automatically get President’s Day and the day after Easter off.

But there’s legislation in Annapolis that would allow the school districts to decide if they want give students to do that.

WBOC reports that supporters of the measure say this would give schools more flexibility.

They point to Governor Larry Hogan’s decision to require schools to start after Labor Day and to end before June 15th.

Supporters say this makes fitting in classroom time more difficult.  

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Senate panel is scheduled to vote on the appointment of Maryland's acting lottery director - more than 21 months after Gov. Larry Hogan appointed him to the job.

A vote by the panel on whether to send Gordon Medenica's appointment to the full Senate is expected Monday.

Some senators have expressed confidence in his experience. Others, however, have had questions about him.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Republican lawmakers are proposing some options to modernize the state pension system.

Legislation discussed Thursday would give employees the ability to move all retirement benefits to a new job after three years.

Sen. Andrew Serafini, a Washington County Republican, says the proposals are aimed at starting a conversation that Maryland needs to make changes to its pension system. He says the options would help create predictability and stop the state from digging deeper unfunded liabilities.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of requiring paid sick leave in Maryland will be praying for the sick.

They are hosting a day of prayer in Annapolis on Thursday afternoon in front of the Maryland State House.

They will be highlighting how nearly 300 faith leaders have signed a clergy letter in support of the Health Working Families Act.

Last year, the House of Delegates passed a measure to require paid sick leave, but the bill died in the state Senate. Lawmakers are trying again.

Gov. Larry Hogan also has proposed a bill.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Democratic Party says it has hired a strategist to focus on "holding Gov. Larry Hogan accountable."

Citing a statement from the Maryland Democratic Party, The Baltimore Sun reports that Bryan Lesswing has been hired as a communications adviser.

Democrats have not coalesced around a candidate to face Hogan, a popular Republican who has amassed a $5.1 million war chest for his 2018 re-election bid.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Fearful of President Donald Trump's policies, the Maryland General Assembly has empowered the state's Democratic attorney general to sue the federal government without permission from the state's Republican governor.

The House of Delegates voted 89-50 along party lines on Wednesday for a joint resolution already approved by the Senate.

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Governor Larry Hogan announced yesterday that the state will invest $1 million for the revitalization of downtown Salisbury.

Mayor Jake Day hailed the money as marking a real partnership between state and local government.

He said, “The most important announcement said, ‘I’m a partner. I’m invested from this point forward.’ We’re going to see fruition of this project within three years. And I believe we have a partner all the way through, from beginning to end.”

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Maryland’s two Senators were among the 50 votes against the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

Democratic Senator Ben Cardin told Capital News Service that he believes even his Republican colleagues would have wanted a more traditional nominee with experience in education.

Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen said they were concerned about DeVos’s lack of support for public schools as she pushed for private and charter schools.

DeVos was confirmed when Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie breaking vote.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to increase the state's renewable energy standards.

Media outlets report that the Senate voted 32-13 Thursday to override the veto, two days after the House of Delegates voted on the measure. It means the law is now in effect.

The Senate needed a three-fifths vote, or 29 out of 47 senators. The measure passed last year on a 32-14 vote in the Senate.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is highlighting economic concerns in his third State of the State speech.

The Republican governor urged members of the Democrat-controlled legislature Wednesday to support incentives to attract jobs and help parts of the state that are struggling.

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared this report on the governor's remarks and the Democratic response.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is set to give his third State of the State speech.

The Republican governor is scheduled to deliver the speech at noon on Wednesday in the House of Delegates before members of the General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats.

Hogan is proposing a variety of measures this session. The speech will give the governor a chance to make his case for them before the legislature.

Hogan and lawmakers have proposals to try to address drug addiction in the state.

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