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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has signed 144 bills into law, including an expansion of mandatory use of breath-testing ignition devices and criminal justice reform.

Hogan signed the bills into law Thursday at a ceremony at the State House.

The signed bills include Noah's Law, which requires breath-testing ignition devices for anyone convicted of drunken driving. It honors Montgomery County police Officer Noah Leotta, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver who pleaded guilty this week to vehicular manslaughter.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Governor Larry Hogan has hired former Anne Arundel County Executive Robert Neall to lead an effort to reorganize Maryland's government.

Neall, who has also served as a senator and a delegate in the General Assembly, will begin the new job on July 1. He's being tasked with reviewing the state government and recommending ways to make it more efficient. The state government hasn't been substantially revamped since the 1970s.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to outline Zika virus prevention and awareness efforts in Maryland.

Matt Clark, a spokesman for the governor, says Hogan plans to talk on Friday afternoon about various initiatives in state agencies, including the departments of health, transportation and agriculture.

State health officials reported the state's first confirmed Zika virus infection in February.

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Governor Larry Hogan stopped by Salisbury yesterday announced an ambitious make over for some 11 bridges along the bypass.

The project is expected is expected to cost $23.8 million with construction to begin in the fall during the winter months.

The Governor noted that these bridges were some 40 years old and not designed to take the kind of traffic and vehicles that now travel up and down the peninsula.

He added, that oftentimes trucks are rerouted through Salisbury to Delaware because they are not allowed to travel on the bypass.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is making stops on the Lower Eastern Shore this week.

He will make an appearance at the Delmarva Poultry Industry’s annual Booster Banquet at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center tonight.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that tomorrow he is expected to make some announcements about transportation projects at the Red Lobster in Salisbury.

He is also expected to huddle with Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and county council members.            

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ADELPHI, Md. (AP) - The board of regents for the University System of Maryland is due to vote on a proposal that would see the tuition at Maryland's public colleges rise by 2 percent for in-state students and 3 percent for out-of-state students.

The Baltimore Sun reports the board is expected to approve the rate hike, which would be the smallest annual increase since a tuition freeze was lifted in 2010.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Eighteen months after he lost a bid for the state's highest office, Maryland's former lieutenant governor is finding that a safely Democratic seat in Congress is no easy consolation prize.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland would become the first state in the country to take pesticides found to harm bees off of retail store shelves, under a bill that has passed the General Assembly.

The Maryland House of Delegates gave final approval to the bill known as the Pollinator Protection Act on a 98-39 vote Thursday, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan.

Doug Mayer, a Hogan spokesman, says the Republican governor is reviewing the bill. 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is nearing a vote to override the governor's veto of a hotly debated bill on the state's policy for deciding what transportation projects get funding.

The Senate could vote as soon as Friday to override the bill. The House voted to override the bill on Thursday, largely along party lines.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate panel has approved $37.5 million in tax credits over five years for defense contractor Northrop Grumman, if it keeps 10,000 employees in the state.

The bill was approved Wednesday in a bipartisan vote, sending it to the Senate.

Supporters say it's an important tool to keep jobs in Maryland. Opponents say it's a huge tax break for one company.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to vote on overriding two of Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes.

The House votes are expected Thursday.

One of the measures vetoed by the Republican governor would create a scoring system to rank transportation projects for funding. While it wouldn't prevent the governor from funding a project with a lower score than another, it would require an explanation for the decision.

Another bill Hogan vetoed would change the composition of a commission that nominations members of the Anne Arundel County school board.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A push to reform Maryland's correctional system to save money by incarcerating nonviolent inmates less and investing in drug treatment has passed the House of Delegates.

The House voted 105-31 Monday for the bill. A committee of delegates and senators will need to iron out differences between two separate bills passed by each chamber.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has scheduled a news conference to discuss the legislative session, which is in its last week.

The news conference, which is set for Tuesday afternoon in Annapolis, comes as the Democrat-controlled General Assembly has passed about 30 bills to his desk.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to sign a bill that's named in honor of the two Harford County sheriff's deputies who were fatally shot in the line of duty in February.
    
The bill to be signed Monday would raise the age from 18 to 26 for a surviving child to whom a line-of-duty death benefit can be paid. The bill is named in honor of Patrick Dailey and Mark Logsdon.
    

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ELDERSBURG, Md. (AP) - A group of hospital service workers held a demonstration around an Eldersburg strip mall to protests potential job cuts.

The Carroll County Times reports that the demonstrators protested Gov. Larry Hogan's proposed fiscal year 2017 budget on Thursday. The budget is expected to eliminate 57 food service positions at Springfield Hospital Center.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has approved creating a scoring system to prioritize Maryland transportation projects.

The House voted 83-51 for the bill Thursday, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan, who says he will veto it.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A partnership between the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, would be strengthened under a bill that has cleared the House of Delegates.

The House voted 92-44 on Wednesday for it. The measure has passed the Senate, though some changes made in the House will need to be approved to send the bill to Gov. Larry Hogan.

The bill creates one University of Maryland with two campuses, though each campus would still have two presidents.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has passed the state's $42 billion budget.

The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday for the spending plan for the next fiscal year, after House and Senate negotiators worked out some minor differences.

They agreed on $5 million in state money for scholarships based on need for students who attend private schools.

The House voted 130-7 for the budget a short time later.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed the state's $42 billion budget.

The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday for the spending plan for the next fiscal year, after House and Senate negotiators worked out some minor differences.

They agreed on a $5 million initiative for tax credits for businesses to donate to private schools that serve low-income students.

The House could take a final vote on budget later Tuesday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan's appointee to the Public Service Commission has run into tough questions by a panel of senators considering his nomination.

Michael Richard, a former deputy chief of staff to the Republican governor, appeared before the panel Monday.

Democrats questioned Richard's independence as a member of an agency that regulates utilities. That's because of emails obtained by an advocacy group that Richard sent to Hogan administration officials about issues before the PSC.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to help launch a new cancer-fighting effort.

Biden's office says in a statement that he'll participate Tuesday in a discussion of the White House's $1 billion proposal for a new initiative to find cancer cures.

Gov. Larry Hogan is also scheduled to speak at the event. Hogan's office says in a statement that the event includes dedication of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - If Donald Trump wins the GOP presidential nomination, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says he would consider voting for someone else.

Hogan told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that he's "not a Trump fan," and he doesn't think Trump should "be the nominee."

The governor says he doesn't know who he would vote for or who the candidates will be. He says he's unhappy with how the presidential campaign is going in general. Hogan says he doesn't think either party is putting up its best candidates.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland congressman is calling on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to say whether he would support Donald Trump, if he wins the GOP presidential nomination.

Rep. John Delaney, a Democrat, sent a truck with a large sign on the back to drive around the statehouse Wednesday. The sign includes a website address leading to a petition. It says residents deserve to know whether Hogan would support "Trump's hateful campaign," which is described as "antithetical to the values of our state." Hogan has not said if he would support Trump as the GOP nominee.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has passed the state's $42 billion budget.

The House passed the bill on a 133-5 vote on Wednesday. The next step is for the House and Senate, which are both controlled by Democrats, to work out differences in the two versions of the budget measure they have approved.

The differences are minor compared to ones the two chambers have had to reconcile in recent years. After a panel of negotiators iron out their differences, the two chambers will vote again on the final bill.

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Eastern shore lawmakers are worried that highway projects may be placed at the bottom of the list with legislation that was approved by the House of Delegates.

While the measure is aimed at making decisions more transparent the lawmakers have been joined by Governor Larry Hogan who opposes the legislation.

WBOC reports that Delegate Carl Anderton said that the measure has a new formula that puts the Eastern Shore projects on the “back burner”.

One concern is that the local governments will not have as much input into the priority of a project.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan still isn't saying whether he would support Donald Trump, if the billionaire wins the GOP presidential nomination.

Hogan told The Associated Press on Thursday evening after catching a beer at an Irish pub during St. Patrick's Day festivities that "probably" out of the remaining Republicans in the race he likes Ohio Gov. John Kasich the best.

Hogan initially endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who dropped out of the race last month and endorsed Trump.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate committee has approved a modest tax-relief plan.

The plan approved Thursday reduces Maryland's top four tax-rate brackets over five years. That affects single tax filers who make more than $100,000 and joint filers with income over $150,000. Ryan Bishop, an analyst with the state's Department of Legislative Services, says that would cut taxes between 1 and 3 percent in those brackets.

The plan also would expand the state's Earned Income Tax Credit, which is offered to low-income workers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are complaining that officials in government agencies in Gov. Larry Hogan's administration are not attending hearings on legislation.

Sen. Paul Pinsky, a Prince George's Democrat, said Wednesday that he doesn't know why they don't "put on their big-boy pants or big-girl pants" and take a position on legislation. Pinsky says he thinks it's "disrespectful" for the Republican administration to only send letters of information to committee hearings.

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A police chief says an undercover police officer was killed by his own colleagues' bullets as a gunman ambushed his police station. Meanwhile, two brothers of the gunman recorded the unprovoked attack.

Prince George's County police chief Hank Stawinski says Officer Jacai Colson was mortally wounded after he arrived at the scene dressed in civilian clothes in an unmarked car and wearing no body armor.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is allocating more money for education and heroin treatment.

Hogan on Thursday announced $13.8 million in additional one-time K-12 funding, including $12.7 million for Baltimore. It also includes $46.2 million for higher education. There is $4.7 million for the new student services support building at Morgan State University and $1.3 million to renovate a science building at Coppin State University.

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