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Maryland bills aim to make it easier to vote

April 8, 2021 By: Audrey Decker Read the full article here. After a polarizing 2020 presidential election and a worldwide pandemic, Maryland lawmakers are rethinking how to conduct voting. The General Assembly is considering multiple pieces of legislation that would[...]

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Md. Legislature Votes to Bolster Unemployment Insurance System

April 8, 2021 By: Jack Hogan Read the full article here. Emergency measures to help struggling businesses pay less in unemployment insurance taxes while simultaneously granting more funding to the unemployed were voted out of the Maryland Legislature last week[...]

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General Assembly Streamlines Emergency Management, Continues Support for NG911

April 8, 2021 By: Kevin Kinnally Read the full article here. The Maryland General Assembly passed SB 658 Maryland Department of Emergency Management – Establishment and Transfer of Maryland 9-1-1 Board, legislation that will elevate the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to[...]

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Shore lawmakers split on push to toss Maryland’s Confederate themed state song

April 2, 2021 By: Candice Spector Read the full article here. ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland General Assembly voted on Monday to say goodbye to “Maryland, My Maryland,” the state song that has been criticized for racist and controversial language. Some[...]

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Maryland Bill That Would Give All​ Adoptees Access To Original Birth Records Fails In Senate

April 1, 2021 By: Rachel Menitoff Watch the full piece here. ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — It’s something that most of us take for granted, an original birth certificate. But for many people who were adopted in Maryland, it isn’t so easy[...]

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Senate Panel Takes Up House Absentee Ballot Access Reform

April 1, 2021 By: Bennett Leckrone Read the full article here. A ballot drop-off box for the June primary outside the Edward Bohrer Recreation Center in Gaithersburg. File photo The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee took up several[...]

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Senate Gives Final Approval to Early Voting Center Expansion

March 31, 2021 By: Bennett Leckrone Read the full article here. A line of voters snakes through the parking lot at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center in Annapolis on Oct. 26, 2020, the first day of early voting in Maryland.[...]

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Maryland Votes To Nix State Song, A Confederate Call To Arms

March 30, 2021 By: Rachel Menitoff Watch the full story here.   ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/WJZ) — Maryland lawmakers gave final passage on Monday to repeal the state song, a Civil War-era call to arms for the Confederacy against “Northern scum” that[...]

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Maryland moves to repeal its state song, a pro-Confederate anthem that urges violence and calls Lincoln a ‘despot’

March 30, 2021 By: Scottie Andrew, CNN Read the full article here. Maryland’s oft-debated state song, a relic of the Confederacy that calls Union supporters “Northern scum,” is one signature away from being repealed. The state’s House of Delegates voted Monday to[...]

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Bill That Would’ve Granted Adoptees Access to Birth Certificates Fails on Senate Floor

March 30, 2021 By: Elizabeth Shwe Read the full article here. Sen. Susan Lee (D-Montgomery) at a press conference in 2020. File photo by Danielle E. Gaines. When Thomas Diepenbrock, an adoptee in Maryland born in 1969, began his search[...]

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