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February 4, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

As Elrich Proposes 25% Indoor Dining Reopening, Officials Discuss Balancing Health and Business

Montgomery County officials discussed balancing public health and economic interests Wednesday, as County Executive Marc Elrich proposes a return to indoor dining at 25% capacity. Elrich sent an executive order to the county council Tuesday in order to make the change. Indoor alcohol sales must stop at 10 p.m. and customers would be limited to […]

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February 25, 2020 | Alexandra Macia

Council Vice President Hucker Introduces Balloon Ban Bill

Montgomery County Council Vice President Tom Hucker introduced a bill today that would ban the release of helium-filled latex and mylar balloons. These balloons can travel hundreds of miles before deflating. Once they’ve fallen to earth the balloons can become life threatening to sea turtles, birds and land animals that may mistake them for prey […]

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January 28, 2017 | Staff Writer

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Congressman Sarbanes Releases Statement about President Trump’s Refugee Ban

Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes, a Democrat, released the following statement after President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning refugees from entry into the United States: “President Trump’s executive order imposing entry restrictions on refugees and citizens from certain countries is unlawful and is already being challenged in the courts. The President is pitting himself […]

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June 9, 2015 | Krista Brick

EXCLUSIVE: Attorney General Refuses to Weigh in on Berliner Pesticide Measures

The Maryland Office of the Attorney General refused to give County Councilmember Roger Berliner advice on his provisions for reducing the use of pesticides in Montgomery County. In a letter dated May 28, Berliner asked Attorney General Brian Frosh to weigh in on whether four measures being proposed by Berliner would be preempted by state law. […]

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March 3, 2015 | Krista Brick

County Council Approved Both E-Cigarettes and Ban on Pet Stores Bills Today

UPDATED – The Montgomery County council approved both a ban on retail pet stores that sell cats and dogs and the use of electronic cigarettes in public places where traditional tobacco smoking is prohibited. The bills now go to County Executive Ike Leggett for his approval. It will take effect 91 days after he signs it. […]

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January 20, 2015 | Staff Writer

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County Approves Ban on Styrofoam Food Containers, Packing Peanuts

The Montgomery County Council today unanimously enacted a bill that will ban use and sale of certain expanded polystyrene food service products and the sale of certain polystyrene packing materials in the county, and will require the use of compostable or recyclable alternatives. The bill, whose chief sponsor was Councilmember Hans Riemer and which was […]

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