Md. high court weighs whether MTA violated Fourth Amendment

An assistant Maryland attorney general and a defense lawyer battled before the state’s top court Tuesday over whether transit officers violated the constitutional right of light-rail passengers to be free of unreasonable seizures when the agents conducted sweeps of the Baltimore train cars to ensure fares were paid. Arguing for the state, Jer Welter defended the Maryland Transit Administration officers’ questioning of the passengers as reasonable and limited to the “primary purpose (of) deterring fare evasion” and not investigating potential criminal activity. (Daily Record)

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Gov. Hogan Proclaims September 16-October 16 Hispanic Heritage Month In Maryland

Gov. Larry Hogan issued a proclamation on Tuesday recognizing September 15 through October as Hispanic Heritage Month in Maryland. “One of Maryland’s greatest strengths is the diversity of our people,” said Governor Hogan. “During Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate Maryland’s Hispanic community and its many contributions to our state’s rich identity.” (WJZ-TV)

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Maryland removed from New York’s high-risk list

Those traveling to New York from Maryland won’t need to quarantine, as New York updated its list of high-risk places. Maryland has been taken off the latest list that was published on Monday. The list is based on a seven-day rolling average, of positive tests in excess of 10%, or number of positive cases exceeding 10 per 100,000 residents. Maryland’s latest average taken Monday is 8.89. (WTOP)

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On Maryland ballots this fall: Should sports gambling be legal?

The ballot initiative, Vote Yes on Question 2, is chaired by basketball star Marissa Coleman, a former Women’s National Basketball Association player who was part of the 2006 University of Maryland team that won the NCAA Championship. “You’ll hear a lot of my voice — see a lot of my face — to educate as many people as possible,” Coleman said Monday from France, where she’s playing in a European league this fall to finish out her professional career. Coleman said she grew up in Prince George’s County and wants to lend her platform to increasing funding for public schools, especially since betting on sporting events is already happening off the books. (Wash Post)

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Maryland election officials: Get your vote-by-mail information from us not USPS postcard

Maryland election officials are asking voters to ignore the postcard with election instructions they received from the U.S. Postal Service and instead seek information from the state’s website. The postcard, which began arriving last week, offers generic instructions about voting by mail. But because the mailing was designed to be sent across the country, a checklist included for voters is intentionally vague, state election administrator Linda Lamone said last week. (Balt Sun)

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Md. State Board of Elections partners with advocates to expand ballot access to incarcerated

Voting rights advocates announced Monday that the Maryland State Board of Elections is partnering with nonprofit organizations to expand absentee ballot access to eligible incarcerated voters. “We know that each election cycle, countless voters are excluded from participating in the electoral process, and these are individuals who are pre-trial and misdemeanor status,” said Nicole Hanson-Mundell, executive director of Out For Justice. “They are prevented from access to voter registration forms; they are prevented from having access to mail-in request forms; and they are prevented from accessing the ballot.” (WTOP)

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Ex-Baltimore Police commander testifies he didn’t know of Gun Trace Task Force crimes or investigate afterward

A former top Baltimore Police commander who held key leadership roles during the reign of the corrupt Gun Trace Task Force told a state commission Monday that he didn’t know of the officers' crimes — or look into them after they were revealed. Dean Palmere, who served as a deputy Baltimore Police commissioner for five years following a career in the department’s hard-charging plainclothes units, told members of the Commission to Restore Trust in Policing that over the years he never received information from internal affairs about problems with officers he was pushing onto the streets. (Balt Sun)

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Gov. Hogan Awards Nearly $12M To Traffic Safety Groups To Cut Down Deadly Crashes

Gov. Larry Hogan is awarding nearly $12 million to traffic safety groups in an effort to cut down on deadly crashes across the state. The money will go toward preventing impaired, aggressive or distracted driving. It is meant to encourage people to wear seat belts and strap in child seats properly. The money will also go toward bicycle and pedestrian safety. (WJZ)

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