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Md. House overrides Hogan veto of school start date bill

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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 Daniel Oyefusi
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS—Maryland school districts will now have the ability to again start their school year before Labor Day, overturning a previous executive order by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

One day after the Maryland Senate voted to override Hogan’s veto of a bill that would give power to local school boards to determine their respective calendars, the House of Delegates voted Friday to override the measure as well.

The House voted 93-43 to join the Senate in overriding Hogan’s veto.

Delegate Anne Healey (D-Prince George’s County), who served on a year-long task force to study a post-Labor Day start for Maryland public schools, said Hogan’s veto “short circuited” the work of the task force.

Healey said more flexibility was required for schools that needed to account for additional religious holidays and athletics.

Delegate Haven Shoemaker (R-Carroll County) argued against overriding the veto, pointing to numerous businesses that would benefit from the additional week of summer vacation.

On Thursday, the Senate voted 32-15 along party lines to override Hogan’s veto.

Hogan on Wednesday vetoed Senate bill 128, saying that the legislation “unravels years of bipartisan work and study” and citing polls revealing that the bill runs counter to the wishes of most Marylanders.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Paul Pinsky (D-Prince George’s County), overturns Hogan’s 2016 executive order mandating schools start after Labor Day.

“The executive order does not respect the diversity of our state,” said Del. Eric Luedtke (D-Montgomery County).

This was the last of three veto overrides to occur this week. Both chambers also voted Thursday to override Hogan’s veto of a bill to strip alcohol and tobacco regulation from the state comptroller, and a bill to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15.

CNS reporter Natalie Jones contributed to this story.

Discount carrier Wow Air shutters, leaving BWI passengers stranded

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By Alex Rychwalski
Capital News Service

The Wow Air counter at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, usually buzzing with travelers and employees, sat barren without a soul on Thursday, a stark symbol of the airline’s sudden closure.

Legislators override two of Gov. Hogan’s bill vetoes

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Gov. Larry Hogan delivers his State of the State Address in Annapolis, Maryland, on January 29, 2019. (Daniel Oyefusi/Capital News Service)

By Natalie Jones
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — One day after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) vetoed three bills on $15 minimum wage, school districts setting their own calendars and stripping alcohol and tobacco regulation from the state comptroller, the Maryland General Assembly fought back to override him Thursday.

Maryland may expand electric vehicle tax credits

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By Charlie Youngmann
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland state legislation could increase the tax credit received for electric cars to $3,000 per vehicle.

Marylander’s currently receive $100 times the number of kilowatt-hours of the battery capacity of their electric vehicle with a maximum of $3,000. With this bill, each new electric vehicle purchased will count for $3,000 regardless of battery size.

Del. Jay Jalisi unanimously reprimanded by House

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Del. Samuel “Sandy” Rosenberg (D-Baltimore), House chair of a joint ethics committee, announces a report that reprimands Del. Jay Jalisi (D-Baltimore County) to the House floor on March 27, 2019. Credit: David Jahng / Capital News Service

By David Jahng
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland House of Delegates on Wednesday voted unanimously to reprimand Del. Jay Jalisi (D-Baltimore County) following the recommendations of a joint ethics committee that compiled reports of abusive behavior against his staff for the past four years.

Jalisi was accused of bullying staff members, received warnings and was counseled by Speaker Michael Busch (D-Anne Arundel County) multiple times, according to the report, released Monday.

Supreme Court hears arguments on Maryland, North Carolina redistrict challenges

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A map of Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. Image via Capital News Service.

By Carolina Velloso
Capital News Service

WASHINGTON – For the second time in as many years, the Supreme Court heard arguments on partisan redistricting cases from Maryland and North Carolina Tuesday, but it remains unclear whether a constitutional standard for regulating the practice will be issued.

Maryland redistricting case to be heard in Supreme Court

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A map of Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. Image via Capital News Service.

By Carolina Velloso and Natalie Jones
Capital News Service

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for two cases on congressional district gerrymandering on March 26, including one from Maryland, which could have far-reaching implications on how future electoral maps are drawn.
The justices could, for the first time, issue a standard for determining unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering.

At the heart of both the Maryland and North Carolina cases are accusations of redrawing district boundaries in order for one party to gain an advantage over the other in the states.

Bill would give some students free eyeglasses and exams

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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.

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