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August 24, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Raskin Introduces New State Song: Maryland, My Maryland (The Free State Song)

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who represents District 8, co-wrote a new state song for Maryland. Raskin wrote the song, called “Maryland, My Maryland (The Free State Song),” with Steve Jones of the D.C. Labor Chorus. According to The Washington Post, London Mevaa, a student at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, sings the song in the video. […]

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February 6, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Hogan Calls Maryland ‘Shining Example’ for America

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) delivered his sixth State of the State Address on Wednesday afternoon in Annapolis. Hogan’s speech often contrasted Maryland’s bipartisan achievements with the divisiveness in national politics seen in Washington D.C. and beyond. “Maryland has indeed been setting a shining example for the rest of America,” Hogan said. Here are some of […]

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January 29, 2020 | Michelle Queen

Hogan Introduces Legislation to Require Post-Labor Day School Start

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced Wednesday that he will introduce legislation to require all Maryland public school systems to start classes after Labor Day. Hogan signed an executive order in 2016 requiring all school districts to start school after Labor Day, but last year lawmakers overturned that executive order. “The Universal School Start Act […]

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January 6, 2020 | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery Talks: State Sen. Will Smith, a Veteran, on Legislature, Iraq

State Sen. Will Smith talks about changes in the state Senate’s crime committee as he takes over leadership of the panel. He also talks about his military service in light of current events in Iraq and Iran.

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December 5, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Hogan Proposes $3.8 Billion for School Construction, New Accountability Effort

Gov. Larry Hogan announced education legislation Thursday for next year’s General Assembly session that includes greater money for school construction and new accountability efforts for underperforming schools. Hogan would pump $3.8 billion in school construction funding over the next five years, covering all the new building requests — as well as upgrades and repairs — […]

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May 1, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Image of Maryland General Assembly where the Assembly approved an income tax hike.

Making History, Delegates Elect African-American Woman as Speaker

The Maryland House of Delegates made history Wednesday by selecting its first African American, and its first woman, to lead the chamber. Delegate Adrienne Jones, a Democrat from Baltimore County, won an election held because of the death of former speaker, Michael Busch, on April 7. Gov. Larry Hogan had convened a special session of […]

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April 8, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Barve: Speaker Mike Busch Was ‘Greatest Leader’

Michael Busch was “the greatest leader I have ever known,” said Del. Kumar Barve in a Monday morning interview. “An incredible sadness has come over me and I haven’t been able to shake it,” Barve said. Busch, who served as the speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates since 2003, died Sunday. He leaves behind […]

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February 21, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Senate Approves Legislation to Add Unspecified Gender Option on License

The Maryland State Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would allow for a gender-neutral option when it comes to Marylanders indicating their sex on their legal form of identification. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Will Smith of Montgomery County District 20. It was also co-sponsored by Sen. Cheryl C. Kagan who represents District 17. It […]

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February 6, 2019 | Staff Writer

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Silver Spring State Senator to Be Deployed to Afghanistan in March

Sen. William Smith Jr. will be deployed to Afghanistan in March in support of Operation Resolute Support, his office said Wednesday. Smith is an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was commissioned to be an intelligence officer through the Navy Reserve’s Direct Commission Officer Program and has received the National Defense Service Medal; the […]

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January 10, 2018 | Staff Writer

Gov. Hogan Submits Emergency Legislation

Maryland’s General Assembly kicked off Wednesday and Gov. Larry Hogan has introduced what his administration calls “emergency legislation.” The bills would provide paid leave benefits to residents, combat violence across the state, and ensure accountability schools. “For three years in a row, we have remained committed to engaging our colleagues on both sides of the […]

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