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Bill would give some students free eyeglasses and exams

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Photo by Martin Falbisoner, via Wikimedia Commons

By David Jahng
Capital News Service

Students in Maryland public schools who fail required vision screenings and do not receive recommended services would be provided free eye examinations and eyeglasses by a new Maryland Department of Health program, under legislation expected to be heard by a Senate committee on Wednesday.

Legislators push for increase in renewable energy, jobs

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Sen. Brian Feldman (D-Montgomery County) speaks at a press conference in Annapolis, Maryland, in support of his bill, the Clean Energy Jobs Act, on March 5, 2019. Natalie Jones/Capital News Service

By Natalie Jones
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland legislators have high hopes for passing a bill to increase the state’s renewable energy standards to 50 percent by 2030 and setting a plan in action to raise the standard to 100 percent by 2040, along with seeking to increase jobs in the renewable energy sector.

Maryland legislative leaders announce schools-funding plans

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William Kirwan discussed school improvements on March 5, 2019, with Strong Schools Maryland representatives in Annapolis, Maryland. Charlie Youngmann / Capital News Service

By Charlie Youngmann
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Democratic legislators announced Tuesday “The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future,” a bill that would provide funding for increased teacher salaries, improved teacher training and free, full-day prekindergarten for 3- and 4-year-old children in poverty.

Bills would strip regulatory power and contributions from Franchot

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Image via the Comptroller’s Office.

By David Jahng
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Two bills that would shift regulatory power of alcohol, tobacco and motor fuel from Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot’s office to a new commission—and limit those industries from donating money to Franchot—were discussed at competing press conferences and a heated committee meeting last week.

House aiming to mandate funding for Maryland HBCUs

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By Daniel Oyefusi
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Amid settlement talks between Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and advocates for Maryland’s four historically black colleges and universities, the House of Delegates is scheduled to hold a hearing Friday on legislation that would force the governor to appropriate more than $16 million in the state budget for each university, starting in 2021.

Maryland lawmakers back sweeping education overhaul plan

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William E. “Brit” Kirwan (left), chairman of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, joins Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Baltimore) (rear) to speak to reporters at the United States Capitol. (Carolina Velloso/Capital News Service)

By Carolina Velloso
Capital News Service

WASHINGTON – Maryland’s congressional delegation has voiced strong support for a sweeping plan to reform the state’s educational system.

Bill would prevent toll roads without county approval

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By David Jahng
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS—Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to reduce traffic on I-270, the Capital Beltway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway by adding private lanes could be further delayed if state legislation requiring local approval is passed.

Medical cannabis is a high priority in Md. legislature

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Photo by Dank Depot, via Flickr

By Natalie Jones
Capital News Service

Creating and selling edible medical cannabis products, allowing inmates to receive medical cannabis treatment and prohibiting employers from asking about cannabis use could become law in Maryland under bills being pushed in this year’s General Assembly.

$15 minimum wage bills under consideration in legislature

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The inside of the General Assembly chambers in Annapolis. Photo by Roxanne Ready, via Flickr, used with a Creative Commons license.

By David Jahng
Capital News Service

Legislation that would increase the minimum hourly wage in Maryland to $15 would mean higher salaries for struggling workers, but may also mean higher prices and companies leaving the state, supporters and opponents told lawmakers this month.

Coast Guard lieutenant charged with targeting lawmakers, media, held without bail

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The official flag of the United State Coast Guard, via public domain

By Charlie Youngman
Capital News Service

GREENBELT, Maryland–A federal judge Thursday ordered a Maryland Coast Guard lieutenant held without bail as prosecutors gather more evidence of what they said was a terrorist plot to murder prominent Democratic politicians and media figures.

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