Bowie legislators pre-filed bills ahead of 2021 session with a focus on education and the pandemic

Lawmakers makers representing Bowie are heading to the General Assembly’s session this week in unusual times, focusing on education and the pandemic. State Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters pre-filed three bills regarding education. The Richard W. Collins III Leadership With Honor Scholarship bill was put in last year and would have set aside $1 million for Historically Black Colleges/Universities with ROTC programs. But the language in the original bill didn’t allow for the whole amount to be spent, it put a 25% cap on Bowie State University, Peters said. (Balt Sun)

Read Full Article

House passes resolution urging Pence to oust Trump using 25th Amendment, setting up impeachment vote

The U.S. House rushed ahead Tuesday toward impeaching President Donald Trump for the deadly Capitol attack, taking time only to try to persuade his vice president to push him out first. Trump showed no remorse, blaming impeachment itself for the “tremendous anger” in America. Already scheduled to leave office next week, Trump is on the verge of becoming the only president in history to be twice impeached. (Balt Sun)

Read Full Article

Maryland Lawmakers Begin 90-Day Legislative Session Wednesday

Maryland lawmakers are gathering for the first day of their annual 90-day legislative session. The House and Senate are scheduled to convene at noon on Wednesday. There are a variety of precautions that are being taken due to the coronavirus pandemic. For example, the statehouse will be closed to the public. (WJZ)

Read Full Article

No ‘credible, detailed’ threats to Annapolis, but Hogan says security will be tightened

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said that despite FBI warnings of armed demonstrations at state capitols, there are no “credible, detailed threats” in Annapolis. While he’s doubled the number of National Guard troops being deployed to D.C. — from 500 to 1,000 — the governor said “we’re not going to leave ourselves unprotected.” “We will have access to the Guard,” Hogan said. (WTOP)

Read Full Article

Hogan’s Latest Redistricting Gambit: A 9-Member Commission

Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) has launched his latest attempt to bring nonpartisan redistricting to Maryland, announcing Tuesday that he has signed an executive order creating a commission to make recommendations for the congressional and legislative maps that he will submit to the General Assembly ahead of the 2022 election. For five legislative sessions, Hogan attempted to pass a bill that would take the task of drawing legislative and congressional boundaries away from the governor and the legislature and into the hands of an independent, nonpartisan commission — but was always rebuffed by the Democratic legislature. (Md Matters)

Read Full Article

Maryland elections board chair to resign, urges panel to oversee elections all can view as ‘fair and honest’

Michael Cogan, a Republican who chaired Maryland’s State Board of Elections during one of the most contentious elections in the nation’s history, announced he’ll resign from the board in February. A five-year member of the board, Cogan and his fellow board members oversaw the state’s first election held primarily by mail in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and coordinated a hybrid election in the fall that saw a record number of voters across the state participate. (Balt Sun)

Read Full Article

Feds Tell States to Give COVID-19 Vaccine to Anyone 65 and Older; Hogan Pondering Md. Response

The Trump administration on Tuesday directed state officials to expand who is getting vaccinated for COVID-19, and announced that all available doses will be distributed to states instead of holding back a reserve of follow-up doses. Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) said he would wait to confer with fellow governors, officials from the incoming Biden administration, other federal leaders and vaccine manufacturers before deciding whether Maryland needed to update its distribution strategy. (Md Matters)

Read Full Article

Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin Named Lead Manager Of Second Impeachment Trial Of President Trump

Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin has been named the lead manager of the second impeachment trial of outgoing President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office announced Tuesday. Raskin is one of nine representatives Pelosi named as impeachment managers. The others include: Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.); Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.); Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas); Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.); Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.); Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-U.S. Virgin Islands) Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.); and Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Penn.). (WJZ-TV)

Read Full Article