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Republicans in Maryland House of Delegates pick new leaders

Republicans in Maryland House of Delegates pick new leaders

Republicans in the Maryland House of Delegates selected new leaders Tuesday, opting for a leadership team from rural areas on opposite sides of the state. In a closed-door vote following the last day of the annual General Assembly session, the 42 Republicans chose Del. Jason Buckel of Allegany County as minority leader and Del. Christopher Adams of the Eastern Shore as minority whip. Advertisement “We are strong, we are a team, and we are ready to do the best job we can do together,” Buckel said in a statement following the vote. Buckel, 49, is a lawyer who was first elected to the House in...

Apr 14
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Maryland Gov. Hogan vetoes bill eliminating life-without-parole sentences for juveniles

Maryland Gov. Hogan vetoes bill eliminating life-without-parole sentences for juveniles

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday vetoed a bill that abolishes life without parole sentences for juvenile offenders, setting up an override vote in the final days of the annual General Assembly session. Democratic leaders vowed to overturn the veto before their planned adjournment on Monday. Advertisement The Republican governor vetoed , a bill that would eliminate sentences of life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder or rape. It also would allow prisoners convicted as juveniles to petition a judge to be released if they’ve served at least 20 years. The legislation also...

Apr 8
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Maryland to open COVID vaccine eligibility to all adults, starting Tuesday at mass vaccination sites

Maryland to open COVID vaccine eligibility to all adults, starting Tuesday at mass vaccination sites

The state reports that about a third of residents are fully vaccinated. Everyone in Maryland who is 16 or older will be eligible next week to get the coronavirus vaccine at any site offering shots in the state, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday. And people 16 and older can get shots this week, starting Tuesday, at the state’s five mass vaccination sites. The state will require the hundreds of other vaccine providers in Maryland to offer shots to adults and older teenagers, a total of almost 4.9 million people, as of April 12. Advertisement Teens who are 16 and 17 — about 150,000 people in...

Apr 5
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Audit: Maryland’s $9M purchase of South Korean COVID tests was made without a contract; state overpaid for shipping

Audit: Maryland’s $9M purchase of South Korean COVID tests was made without a contract; state overpaid for shipping

Thank you for supporting our journalism. This article is available exclusively for our subscribers, who help fund our work at The Baltimore Sun. Maryland’s $9 million purchase of half a million coronavirus tests from a South Korean company was based on a flawed agreement and most of them were likely never used, according to the findings of a state audit released Friday. The state government had no contract with the company, LabGenomics, and instead relied on a letter of intent dated April 2, 2020, to buy and import the tests before they received emergency approval from the U.S. Food and...

Apr 2
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Trump CDC head, now adviser to Maryland Gov. Hogan, shares unproven belief that COVID escaped from lab in China; lawmakers condemn statements

Trump CDC head, now adviser to Maryland Gov. Hogan, shares unproven belief that COVID escaped from lab in China; lawmakers condemn statements

Dr. Robert Redfield, who led the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under former President Donald Trump and currently serves as an unpaid adviser to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, said he believes the coronavirus “most likely” escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China — a claim that has been circulated widely but remains unproven. Redfield’s comments, disclosed Friday in with CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, prompted one of the Maryland legislature’s presiding officers and Asian-American political leaders to call on Hogan to break his ties with Redfield if the former CDC...

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Maryland doctor-delegate tuned in twice from operating room to participate in legislative meetings

Maryland doctor-delegate tuned in twice from operating room to participate in legislative meetings

Thank you for supporting our journalism. This article is available exclusively for our subscribers, who help fund our work at The Baltimore Sun. Delegate Dr. Terri Hill of Howard County, a plastic surgeon, apparently testifies about bill she is sponsoring during a bill hearing from an operating room. A state lawmaker who is also a surgeon has twice tuned into Maryland General Assembly committee meetings from an operating room during a legislative session in which many hearings and votes have been held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. When Del. Terri Hill’s Zoom account was logged...

Mar 23
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Former Trump CDC director tapped as Hogan COVID-19 adviser; Western Maryland mass COVID vaccine site announced

Former Trump CDC director tapped as Hogan COVID-19 adviser; Western Maryland mass COVID vaccine site announced

Dr. Robert Redfield, former CDC director, now an unpaid public health adviser to Governor Hogan. A top former federal public health official, Dr. Robert Redfield, will serve as a senior adviser for Maryland’s COVID-19 response, including the state’s vaccination campaign, which soon will feature mass vaccination clinics in five geographic regions, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday. Redfield served as the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2018 to 2021 under then-President Donald Trump. He’ll advise Maryland’s Republican governor on a range of public health...

Mar 2
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Maryland will create single sign-up and waitlist for mass COVID vaccine sites. Some say that’s not enough.

Maryland will create single sign-up and waitlist for mass COVID vaccine sites. Some say that’s not enough.

Two months into the effort to vaccinate the public against COVID-19, the administration of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan reversed course and said it would launch an official, though limited, waitlist to ease the frustrating hunt for scarce doses. The Republican governor decided against a preregistration system last year before vaccine began arriving and , repeatedly saying it could become “a single source of failure.” Advertisement The state instead allocated shares of the vaccine to hospitals, county health departments, pharmacies and others, allowing them to sign up people using their own...

Feb 24
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Positive results for COVID on rapid tests at State House complex; multiple Maryland senators miss floor session

Positive results for COVID on rapid tests at State House complex; multiple Maryland senators miss floor session

Positive results from “several” rapid coronavirus tests at the State House complex kept a number of senators off the chamber floor Tuesday morning and in a precautionary quarantine as lawmakers awaited the results of more accurate tests. Senate President Bill Ferguson announced the positive results to the Senate chamber and said public health officials have begun extensive contact tracing of anyone potentially exposed to the virus. Advertisement Six of the Senate’s 47 members missed the chamber’s 11 a.m. floor session, although it wasn’t clear how many of those received positive results,...

Feb 23
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GOP race to succeed Maryland Gov. Hogan opens up with Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford opting out, Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz announcing she’s in

GOP race to succeed Maryland Gov. Hogan opens up with Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford opting out, Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz announcing she’s in

Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd K. Rutherford has ruled out a run for governor in 2022, helping to break open the Republican contest to succeed Gov. Larry Hogan. Rutherford said Wednesday he weighed his decision for months, but decided not to put himself and his family through a campaign and a potential governorship. Also, he said he wanted to make his decision known early enough for other Republican politicians and donors to make their moves. Advertisement Just hours after Rutherford’s announcement, the first major Republican candidate entered the race: Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. Schulz...

Apr 14
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