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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers say Gov. Larry Hogan is using some of the state's Rainy Day Fund to fill budget holes.

Lawmakers from both parties met at the governor's residence Tuesday morning to get a briefing on Hogan's budget proposal.

Sen. Richard Madaleno, a Democrat, says about $177 million in Rainy Day Funds help balance the budget. The fund contains more than the targeted amount of 5 percent of the state budget.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says there are less cuts than lawmakers expected, and education is fully funded.


Judge Paula Price has been named by Governor Larry Hogan to Circuit Court in Somerset.

Hogan praised Price for her extensive legal background.

Price has been a judge for the District Court of Somerset County since 2009.

She began her legal career with a Salisbury law firm and graduated from Salisbury University and received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) and top Democratic Legislative Leaders spar at Marc Steiner's Annapolis Summit as the General Assembly's 90 day session got underway this week. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has this report.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is pledging millions of dollars in tuition and student loan debt relief.

The Republican governor told a news conference Tuesday at the University of Maryland in College Park that he's proposing a $17.5 million investment to enable the state's 14 colleges and universities to cap tuition increases at 2 percent.

He says they would otherwise have had to raise tuition by as much as 5 percent.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed Lourdes Padilla as secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

The governor announced the appointment Monday.

Padilla has more than 28 years of experience in the human services field. She now serves as deputy secretary for income maintenance at the Pennsylvania Department of Human Resources. She has overseen operations in five bureaus under that agency. They include child support enforcement, program support and program evaluation.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A budget shortfall will be a top concern for Maryland lawmakers during their annual 90-day legislative session.

Lawmakers also will be weighing proposals to require paid sick leave and to either ban or extend a moratorium on the hydraulic oil and gas drilling process known as fracking.

The session begins Wednesday and ends April 10.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Environmental advocates are urging Maryland lawmakers to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to boost the state's renewable energy standards.

The advocates held a rally in front of the Maryland State House on Thursday with the bill's sponsors.

They say increasing requirements to use energy sources like wind and solar to 25 percent by 2020 will help the environment and increase jobs in the solar industry. Maryland's current renewable energy standard goal is 20 percent by 2022.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says he hasn't spoken to President-elect Donald Trump, and he doesn't plan to before the inauguration later this month.
The Republican governor who didn't support the president elect was asked during a news conference on Tuesday about how he believes his relationship with the new administration will be. Hogan says he thinks it's "going to be great."
Hogan says he has spoken to Vice President-elect Mike Pence. He says he's had a "longstanding relationship" with Pence, a fellow Republican governor.

The Maryland Farm Bureau is taking a tougher stand on the solar energy industry.

In their annual meeting in Ocean City this past week they approved a measure that opposed setting aside prime farm land for solar energy facilities.

In addition, they opposed the state exempting solar energy projects from local and county land use restrictions.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Eastern Shore farms have begun to object to the increasing number of solar farms which are buying up valuable agricultural land.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is proposing legislation for paid sick leave benefits.

The Republican governor made the announcement Wednesday. He says his proposal will balance the needs of Maryland's employees while not hurting the state's small businesses.

Under the governor's plan, businesses with 50 or more employees will be required to offer paid sick leave of at least 40 hours a year. That would include the ability for employees to roll over a maximum of 40 hours each year.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Republicans are preparing to choose new party leadership.

The Baltimore Sun reports that state Republicans will gather Saturday to pick a replacement for Chairwoman Diana Waterman.

Four candidates are vying for the top job, including Sajid Tarar, who was head of American Muslims for Trump.

Also running are longtime party activist Dick Haire, former Amtrak official William Campbell and William T. Newton, who ran an unsuccessful campaign this year for the state's 7th Congressional District seat.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland commission has issued a report and recommendations on regulatory reform.

Gov. Larry Hogan, who formed the panel, announced Thursday his administration will move forward with all 187 recommendations.

The commission's workgroups examined regulations based on four sets of criteria. They include whether regulations could be streamlined or clarified, modernized, stripped of obsolete references or made to conform to state or federal requirements.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A state task force is set to vote on recommendations on the use of restraints on youths in the juvenile justice system.

The task force is scheduled to meet Thursday in Annapolis.

The panel has met several times this year. It has been studying the use of restraints and searches of children in the juvenile justice system.

It will be submitting a final report to Gov. Larry Hogan by the end of the year.

The panel's recommendations could result in legislation in the upcoming session, which begins in January.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland legislative leaders are announcing a compromise with Gov. Larry Hogan on school funding and a loan for Northrop Grumman.

House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced the compromise Tuesday.

Northrop Grumman requested aid to acquire a 300,000 square-foot facility in Linthicum and keep 10,000 employees in Maryland. Last year, lawmakers approved a $37.5 million tax credit for the defense contractor. Another $20 million proposed by Hogan needs approval by the Legislative Policy Committee.

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FEDERALSBURG, Md. (AP) - Flags in Maryland are flying at half-staff in honor of a man who led the Maryland National Guard for 16 years.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff starting Monday at sunrise in honor of retired Lt. Gen. James F. Fretterd, who died Saturday at age 86. Flags will return to full-staff at sunset on Friday.

Fretterd served in the Maryland National Guard for 52 years starting in 1951. He led the Guard from 1987 until his retirement in 2003.


HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Department of Natural Resources is flying high after regaining use of a helicopter for aerial surveillance.
The agency said in a statement Wednesday that it's using the chopper this fall to help enforce deer hunting and oyster-harvesting regulations.
The aviation unit was eliminated in 2009 in a cost-cutting move by the administration of former governor Martin O'Malley. The agency says the helicopter was transferred to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials say the state saw a record number of voters casting ballots early.

Media outlets report more than 800,000 people had turned out at polls by the time early voting ended Thursday evening. That's more than the 430,500 Marylanders who voted early during the 2012 presidential election.

The record turnout means more than 20 percent of the state's registered voters will have cast ballots before Election Day on Tuesday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It's the last day for early voting in Maryland.

Thursday is the last day voters in the state can cast their ballots ahead of Election Day. Early voting polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Any person who is eligible to register to vote can vote early.

Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1 in Maryland. There are about 2.1 million registered Democrats and 1 million Republicans. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is expected to win easily in the state.

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The Wicomico County School Board is seeking input from residents on starting the school year after Labor Day among issues.

And they have until the Friday deadline.

Earlier this year Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order directing school districts to do just that and to end the year on June 15th.

The governor said he believed that a longer summer recess would provide more time for families to be together as well more business for the tourist industry.

The school board can seek a waiver from the early start date.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - A Maryland State School Board member has quit following Gov. Larry Hogan's executive order requiring schools to start after Labor Day.

Local news organizations report that University of Maryland professor James Gates resigned Tuesday, saying the order has the potential to damage students in Maryland. He also suggested that Hogan's order challenges the independence of the board.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is meeting with constituents and campaigning for fellow Republicans during a three-day swing through western Maryland.

He spoke Thursday in Hagerstown at a fundraising breakfast for congressional candidate Amie (AH'-mee) Hoeber, followed by a cabinet meeting at the downtown Maryland Theatre.

Hogan says Hoeber's bid to unseat 6th District Rep. John Delaney reminds him of his own upset victory in the 2014 governor's race.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan didn't have to rethink his opinion on Donald Trump after the Republican presidential nominee was heard on tape using sexually predatory language.
Hogan first said in February that he didn't support Trump, and in June he confirmed that he wouldn't vote for him. He said Wednesday that "certainly the most recent comments haven't made me change my positions about him."
Hogan added, "It seems a lot of fellow Republicans are coming around to that same position, but mine hasn't changed. I've been consistent from day one."

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is starting a three-day swing through western Maryland a few weeks before Election Day.

His schedule includes breakfast Thursday in Hagerstown with Republican congressional candidate Amie (AH'-mee) Hoeber, followed by a cabinet meeting at the downtown Maryland Theatre.

Hoeber's bid to unseat Rep. John Delaney is considered the most competitive House race among Maryland's eight congressional districts.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - An opinion by the state attorney general's office says Maryland's system of holding defendants in jail because they can't pay a cash bail likely would be found unconstitutional.

The office of Attorney General Brian E. Frosh sent a letter Tuesday to five House of Delegates members who sought Frosh's opinion.

The letter says that judges and court commissioners must consider the accused's ability to pay before setting bail.

The letter says if bail is out of reach, the courts would find that unlawful.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has revised an executive order on requiring public schools to start after Labor Day.

The revised order issued Tuesday adds details on how schools can apply for waivers.

It also requires local school boards to hold a public meeting where the waiver application is considered and approved.

The governor's initial order allowed for waivers with "compelling justification." The revised order elaborates on what qualifies. That includes waivers for an innovative school schedule for certain low-performing schools or at-risk schools.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The 2nd Annual Capital Region Business Forum is taking place in the nation's capital, where the governors of Maryland and Virginia will gather to talk about economic issues.

It's taking place in Washington on Wednesday.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will join Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser to discuss economic issues impacting the Mid-Atlantic.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to endorse Dr. Mark Plaster, who is running for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District.

The two Republicans plan to take a tour of downtown Annapolis on Tuesday morning.

They plan to visit businesses on Main Street and near the City Dock.

Plaster is a physician, lawyer and small-business owner. He started a modest publishing company with his wife about 30 years ago. His campaign says it's become an international medical publishing company.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchnot says the state is facing a potential $1 billion decline in revenue over the next 18 months. As a result, he wants a moratorium on tax increases and tax cuts for the next five years to ease the state through a sluggish economy. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Franchot about his concerns during an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new poll has found that while 54 percent of Maryland residents say an executive order should be used "rarely or never," 67 percent approved of Gov. Larry Hogan using one to start schools after Labor Day.

The poll by Goucher College was released Monday.

The Republican governor announced the executive order on Aug. 31 for next year's school start. Democrats who control the legislature have criticized the use of executive order to make the change.

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JERUSALEM (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, during a weeklong trade mission to Israel, says the University of Maryland, Baltimore is expanding ties with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Hogan said the "agreement will further strengthen the successful partnership between these world-class universities and help to advance research in Maryland, particularly in the study of military medicine."