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12:28 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Anne Arundel County to Declare Emergency in "Heroin Epidemic"

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County's executive says he's going to declare a public health emergency as soon as next week in response to the "heroin epidemic" in the region, citing a growing number of deaths related to the highly addictive opioid.

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10:01 am
Thu January 22, 2015

MD Governor Withdraws Phosphorus Regulations

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Governor Larry Hogan has pulled the controversial phosphorus regulations on farmers.

They will not appear in the next issue of the Maryland Register essentially freezing any attempt to impose the new standards that found strong opposition from the poultry and agricultural industries on the Eastern Shore.

Erin Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office, said that Hogan has ordered all agencies to begin a comprehensive review of all pending regulations.

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9:57 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Republican Larry Hogan Sworn In as Governor

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Governor Larry Hogan took the oath of office to become Maryland's 62nd Chief Executive and vowed to make the state's economy more attractive to business.

While he faces state legislature dominated by a Democratic majority, the Republican emphasized bipartisan.

He said, "Today is not the beginning of an era of divided government. Today is the beginning of a new spirit of cooperation in Annapolis."

Among his goals, Hogan said, was fiscal responsibility as the state faces a $750 million budget deficit in the next fiscal year.

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9:17 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Maryland Gets New Governor Today

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Larry Hogan is set to be sworn in as Maryland's 62nd governor.

The ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who campaigned several times for his Republican colleague in Maryland, is scheduled to attend to congratulate Hogan for winning in a heavily Democratic state.

An inaugural gala is scheduled at the Baltimore Convention Center Wednesday night.

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1:29 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Sen. Mathias to Push for Md. Schools to Start After Labor Day

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker says he will introduce a bill to start Maryland public schools after Labor Day.

Sen. James Mathias, a Worcester Democrat, made the announcement at a Thursday news conference with Comptroller Peter Franchot and Gov.-elect Larry Hogan, who both support the idea. Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan also appeared at the Annapolis news conference to support the later start date.

Supporters say prolonging summer vacation by between five and 10 days would create more family time and help Maryland businesses.

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12:34 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Hogan Names David Brinkley Budget Secretary

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has picked former state Sen. David Brinkley to be his budget secretary.

Hogan, a Republican, made the announcement at a news conference in Annapolis on Thursday.

Hogan also named Sam Maholtra to be secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

The selections were two of more than a dozen administration jobs Hogan announced.

Hogan also named Clay Stamp to be director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

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8:57 am
Thu January 15, 2015

ACLU Objects to New Homeland Security Choice in MD

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The ACLU of Maryland is expressing concern about Gov.-elect Hogan's choice to head the Governor's Office of Homeland Security.

Susan Goering, the executive director of the ACLU of Maryland, urged Hogan in a letter Wednesday to reconsider naming Thomas Hutchins to the position.

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8:41 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Starting School After Labor Day in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Comptroller Peter Franchot is scheduled to announce results of a petition drive gauging support for starting Maryland public schools after Labor Day.

Franchot is scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday with Gov.-elect Larry Hogan, state Sen. James Mathias and Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan.

A state task force recommended in May that schools delay opening until after Labor Day, while continuing to end by the current time in mid-June. The task force voted 11-4 in favor of the later start date.

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2:20 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Gov.-Elect Larry Hogan Commits to Bipartisanship

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov.-elect Larry Hogan and leading Maryland lawmakers are starting this year's legislative session by emphasizing bipartisanship.
 
Hogan, a Republican who takes office next week, spoke to both chambers of the Legislature on Wednesday as lawmakers convened for their annual 90-day session.
 
With a Legislature controlled by Democrats, Hogan says the only way problems will be solved is if the two parties sit down together and form bipartisan solutions.
 

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11:34 am
Wed January 14, 2015

MD Lawmaker to Author Right-To-Die Law

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Maryland state senator says he'll introduce a bill this year to make it legal for Maryland doctors to help terminally ill patients end their own lives.
 
The Frederick News-Post reported Wednesday that Democratic Sen. Ron Young's proposal would allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medication to adults who are within six months of death. The patients could then decide if they want to take the drugs.
 

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8:24 am
Wed January 14, 2015

More Appointments by Gov.-Elect Larry Hogan

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has named Pete Rahn to be the head of the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Hogan, a Republican, made the announcement on Tuesday. He also announced several other senior-level appointments to his administration.

Rahn has led transportation departments in New Mexico and Missouri.

Road Tolls

Hogan also says he wants to take a look at lower road lolls in Maryland.

The toll rates are decided by the Maryland Transportation Authority.

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8:46 am
Tue January 13, 2015

More Appointments Expected From MD Governor-Elect

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov.-elect Larry Hogan is announcing more cabinet appointments.

Hogan has scheduled a Tuesday news conference in Annapolis. He also will be announcing some senior advisers.

Hogan already has named a number of his cabinet secretaries, but some key jobs remain to be announced. They include budget secretary and transportation secretary.

Hogan, a Republican, will be inaugurated next week in Annapolis.

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7:34 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Teachers Union Airs Ad Against Cuts in MD Education

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland teachers' union is launching a petition drive to protect strong investments in schools.

The Maryland State Education Association is kicking off a radio ad campaign and online petition drive on Monday. The ad will run for two weeks in Baltimore, the District of Columbia and other parts of Maryland.

The campaign is calling on Gov.-elect Larry Hogan and state lawmakers to not cut school funding.

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7:23 am
Mon January 12, 2015

GOP Names Robin Frazier as Replacement in MD Senate

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Republican leaders in Carroll County have recommended former county commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier to fill a vacant state Senate seat.

Frazier would fill the seat that's soon to be vacated by Sen. Joe Getty. He's been tapped to serve as policy and legislative director for Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan.

Frazier tells The Carroll County Times that she supports Hogan's agenda of cutting taxes and making the state more business-friendly.

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10:47 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Hogan Adds Former GOP Rival to His Administration

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has named four more cabinet appointees.

Hogan announced Thursday that R. Michael Gill is his pick to be secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. Gill is chairman and principal of Evergreen Advisors, a mid-Atlantic investment bank.

David Craig is Hogan's choice to be the secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning. Craig, who has most recently served as county executive of Harford County, ran against Hogan for the Republican nomination for governor.

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7:52 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Hogan Names Four Cabinet Secretaries

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Governor-elect Larry Hogan has named four Cabinet secretaries for his administration.

One of them, Secretary of Juvenile Services Sam Abed, will continue in the post he was appointed to by Hogan's predecessor, Gov. Martin O'Malley.

On Wednesday, Hogan named Delegate Kelly Schulz to be secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

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9:55 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Hogan Makes Appointments, Gets Budget Briefing

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has scheduled a briefing on Maryland's budget.

The briefing with adviser Robert Neall is set for Thursday in Annapolis.

Hogan says his incoming administration has been examining upcoming budget problems. He focused his campaign for governor on fiscal concerns.

Hogan announced Wednesday that Neall will be a special adviser on fiscal matters in his administration. Neall has been reviewing the budget as part of Hogan's transition team.

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12:58 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Larry Hogan Blasts Out-Going Maryland Governor

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Larry Hogan says Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is rushing to implement policies under the wire before he leaves office next month.

The Republican governor-elect said Tuesday he believes it would be better for many of the decisions to be made by newly elected officials. He says that's because Maryland voters decided to go in a different direction on Election Day. O'Malley's a Democrat.

Hogan takes office Jan. 21. He spoke to reporters after meeting with the state's five Republican county executives.

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12:43 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Dredging Conowingo Dam: Ineffective

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BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - State and federal agencies are holding a public meeting to discuss their conclusion that dredging the reservoir behind the Conowingo Dam wouldn't effectively reduce pollution of the lower Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay.

The meeting Tuesday night in Bel Air offers an opportunity for people to sound off on an issue that Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has highlighted.

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9:59 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Culver Defends School Bond Cut

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has been explaining why he decided to cut $1.25 million bond from the county’s capital improvement budget.

Culver said that he made his decision after speaking with Governor Elect Larry Hogan at his swearing in ceremony.

He said that given the fiscal situation in Annapolis he had to be prudent to put the project on hold until such time as the county knows what kind of state money it would be receiving.

Still, Melva Wright, who is in her 11th year as principal of West Salisbury Elementary, told WBOC that she was disappointed.

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9:52 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Hogan Visits Controversial Frederick County Sheriff

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan is celebrating the re-election of a county sheriff known for his tough approach to undocumented immigration and drug trafficking.

Hogan is scheduled to speak Friday at the swearing-in ceremony in Frederick for Frederick County sheriff and fellow Republican Chuck Jenkins.

Jenkins has embraced federal programs allowing local police to enforce immigration laws.

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9:44 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Possible Change for MD Stormwater Fees

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president says there could be some changes to the state's so-called "rain tax," but he doesn't expect it to be repealed.

Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has said the stormwater management fee is one of the taxes he'd like to get rid of.

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11:10 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Fee for Salisbury Property Owners

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Salisbury property owners are going to see a new fee.

This one that is set to take effect next year would pay for efforts to curb flooding and reduce pollution spilling into the waterways that flow into the Chesapeake Bay.

The City Council unanimously approved the storm water fee whose dollars will be dedicated to upgrading the city’s failing drainage system.

The measure survived a last ditch effort by the CEO of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Ernie Colburn.

He wanted the council to wait until the incoming Republican Governor Larry Hogan takes office.

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9:16 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Larry Dodd to Quit School Board

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Come December 2nd Larry Dodd will only be a member of the Wicomico County Council.

The Republican who won election to the seat this month is stepping down from his position on the Wicomico County Board of Education.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the decision came after Dodd had a conversation with school board attorney Fulton Jeffers about holding the two jobs until incoming Republican Governor Larry Hogan could replace him along with making another appointment.

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9:01 am
Wed November 19, 2014

O'Malley Moves Forward with Phosphorus Regulations

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Governor Martin O’Malley is going to move forward with the new phosphorus regulations.

An economic study has just been completed showing that the new rules could cost anywhere from $22 million to $50 million depending on the length of time take to implement them.

But the governor said that it’s time to move forward with the solutions endorsed by scientists and experts across the state to improve the health of the bay.

It could take as long as 6 years to implement.

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8:14 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Hogan Still Pursues Tax Cuts Despite Looming Deficit

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov.-elect Larry Hogan says he remains committed to pursuing tax relief in his first year as governor, despite a projected budget shortfall of more than a half a billion dollars.

Hogan, a Republican, said Monday in an interview with The Associated Press that he would consider calling a special session next year to do more work on the state's finances, if that's necessary.

Hogan, who takes office Jan. 21, says he believes his election this month in the heavily Democratic state sent a message that has been heard.

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7:46 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Phosphorus Regs Could Be In Place Before Hogan Takes Office

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The Maryland's proposed regulations to crackdown on phosphorus could be in place before Governor Martin O’Malley hands over the office to Republican Governor-elect Larry Hogan.

The regulations known as the phosphorus management tool were submitted for inclusion in the December 1st Maryland Register and for legislative review.

The General Assembly will have 45 days to review and comment before the Agriculture Department can implement them.

Hogan takes office on January 21st.

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8:41 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Hogan Taps Democrat to Lead on MD Budget

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Republican Governor-elect Larry Hogan has tapped Democrat Robert Neall to take the lead on his budget and taxation transition team.

Neall is a former state senator, delegate and Anne Arundel county executive who became a Democrat in 1999 after saying he felt uncomfortable in the GOP.

Hogan described Neall as the most respected fiscal mind in the state of Maryland adding that nobody knows the tax and fiscal budget issue better.

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8:32 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Budget Shortfall in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers will be facing a shortfall of about $593 million under current projections when they work on the budget for the next fiscal year.

Warren Deschenaux, the Legislature's chief budget analyst, gave a briefing to the state's Spending Affordability Committee on Wednesday.

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9:33 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Gov-Elect Larry Hogan Attends Veterans Day Parade

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LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan thanked voters and veterans alike yesterday at a Veterans Day parade in Leonardtown.

Many of those who attended the parade Tuesday say they hope the Republican follows through on his campaign promise to lower taxes. Many also say they want their new governor to do more to make Maryland more attractive to businesses.

Southern Maryland residents say they want a governor who takes an interest in the entire state, not just the most populated areas.

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