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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state song, a relic of the Confederacy that calls Union supporters “Northern scum,” is one signature away from being repealed.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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Legislators cut the cord on ‘Maryland, My Maryland’ as the state song

March 29, 2021 By: The Associated Press Read the full article here. ANNAPOLIS, Md. — 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 lawmakers want transparency in government proceedings

March 24, 2021 By: Steven Cohen Watch the full piece here.   ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WDVM) — With the Maryland General Assembly just weeks away from concluding its 2021 session, lawmakers are hoping to bring more accountability to the legislative process.[...]

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Public records survey highlights unevenness of government tracking, responses

March 20, 2021 By: Andrew Schotz and Luciana Perez Uribe Guianassi Read the full article here.  A one-month test of government agencies in Maryland revealed a patchwork of approaches in how public records are tracked and how requests for access[...]

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General Assembly votes to scrap ‘Maryland, My Maryland,’ state’s pro-Confederate official state song

March 20, 2021 By: Bryn Stole Read the full article here. It’ll soon be so long to the state song after the Maryland Senate unanimously voted to scrap “Maryland, My Maryland!” as the Old Line State’s official anthem. The pro-Confederate[...]

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Maryland Senate expected to pass bill to repeal official state song

March 19, 2021 By: David Collins Watch the full piece here. ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland Senate is expected to finally pass legislation to repeal the state’s official song. The House has already acted on the measure. The lyrics in[...]

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