Maryland’s Senate has approved a bill that would let school districts set their calendars to open before Labor Day if they choose. Senate Bill 128 passed 31-13, with three absences recorded.
Gov. Larry Hogan called criticism of his 2016 executive order that mandated all schools start after Labor Day “fabricated nonsense” generated by “special interests,” and he promised to fight bills to reverse the order.
Maryland’s Senate president says he’s having good days and bad days as he undergoes chemotherapy for Stage 4 prostate cancer, but he believes he’s getting “the best treatment of any place in the world” at Johns Hopkins.
The 76-year-old Democrat, who’s entering his 33rd year as state Senate president, made clear he’d work as long as his health would allow. He’s the longest-serving state Senate president ever in Maryland and in the nation.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller choked up before making the announcement in the Senate chamber, as some of his top aides from over the years watched from the gallery.
Larry Hogan, who resisted early efforts by Democrats to tie him to the politics of President Donald Trump, said the election was a repudiation of the kind of tone coming from the White House.
Democrats were a no-show, then an angry Senate president accused the Republican governor of breaking with protocol.
Three bills are intended to help Marylanders, who face a projected tax hit of nearly $1 billion due to the congressional vote to cut federal taxes.
More than 200 bills received Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature, including a fracking ban and other environmental measures — as well as protections from tax fraud and identity theft.
Discussion on the Maryland Senate floor became heated Monday night as the chamber’s president expressed frustration and used profane language, calling for fast approval of a bill that would set up a new commission to oversee safety on Metro.
Prince George’s County officials say the Hogan administration is shortchanging a new hospital slated to be built in the county.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan lashed out at critics of a new executive order preventing school systems from beginning their academic year before Labor Day. But one powerful lawmaker said the governor is picking an unnecessary fight.
Death penalty opponents may get the chance to
debate the issue in Maryland when lawmakers get
back to work in Annapolis next week.
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