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Maryland Senate unanimously votes to repeal state song, “Maryland, My Maryland”

March 19, 2021 By: Amira Hairston Read the full article here.  MARYLAND — The Maryland Senate has unanimously voted to repeal “Maryland, My Maryland” as the state song. The lyrics, which were written by James Ryder Randall in 1861, have[...]

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March 14, 2021 By: Andrew Schotz and Luciana Perez Uribe Guinassi  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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Bill To Repeal Maryland State Song Advancing In Legislature

March 12, 2021 By: Callan Tansill-Suddath Read the full article here.  A bill that would repeal Maryland’s state song “Maryland, My Maryland!” on the grounds it contains offensive and outdated language is advancing in the Legislature this week. The song,[...]

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Bill would repeal state song that called on Marylanders to support confederacy

March 12, 2021 By: Matt McDonald Read the full article here.  The Maryland Flag on top of the Stadium Drive Garage on March 10, 2021. (Taneen Momeni/The Diamondback) Maryland state senators heard testimony Thursday on a bill that would repeal[...]

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Unlike many other states, Maryland’s legislature is moving to make it easier to vote early or by mail

March 12, 2021 By: Pamela Wood Read the full article here.  Inspired by — or perhaps infuriated by — the contentious 2020 presidential election, Maryland lawmakers are pushing dozens of bills to change the way the state’s voters cast their[...]

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March 5, 2021 By: Lisa Kershner Read the full article here.  Maryland’s public access ombudsman and the chair of the Public Information Act Compliance Board say they need greater enforcement powers to make state and local government more transparent to[...]

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Maryland Lawmakers Debate Bill to Expand School-Based Telehealth

March 4, 2021 By: Eric Wicklund Read the full article here.  Only 18 of Maryland’s 86 school-based health centers are currently allowed to offer telehealth. An emergency bill making its way through the Legislature would make it easier for those[...]

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Kalman Hettleman: Will the General Assembly Be Able to Hold MSDE More Accountable?

March 3, 2021 By: Guest Commentary Read the full article here.  As Elizabeth Shwe reported last week in Maryland Matters, an emergency bill introduced by Senate President Bill Ferguson requires a consultant study of the capacity of the Maryland State Department of Education,[...]

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Bill Letting Schools Offer Telehealth Advances

March 3, 2021 By: Elizabeth Shwe Read the full article here.  An emergency measure, already approved in the Senate, to allow each of Maryland’s 86 school-based health centers to offer telehealth was voted out of a House education subcommittee Tuesday.[...]

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Senator Sponsors Bill To Cleanse Hospital Visitors of Dirty Doorknob Dread

February 26, 2021 By: Danielle Gaines Read the full article here. Everyone knows the feeling. You’ve soaped up, scrubbed your hands, dried off, and then … you’ve got to touch a door handle to get out. “No ability to exit[...]

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