Tag: baltimore city council

Bill prohibiting expansion of oil terminals would make city safer, activists say

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The Baltimore Belt Line, operated by CSX, carries crude oil and other freight through several commercial and residential neighborhoods. The playground and basketball courts at Margaret Brent Elementary-Middle School are directly above the tracks. Photo by Craig Bettenhausen.

The City Council is expected to pass a small change to the zoning code that activists hope will have a big impact on safety and the environment. The bill, #17-0150, would prevent the construction or expansion of crude oil terminals inside city limits, including in the Port of Baltimore, by making it a prohibited use in the zoning code.

City Council pushes General Assembly, Hogan to stick with State Center communities’ original terms

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The State Center complex off of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Photo via Google StreetView.

Baltimore’s City Council is pressuring state legislators and Gov. Larry Hogan to “protect the participation and planning process” for the nixed redevelopment proposal for the State Center government complex.

In op-ed, Wen touts legislation to restrict sugary drinks on kids’ menus

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In an op-ed published in The Hill this morning, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen lauded a bill that would make healthy beverages like milk and water the default option on children’s menus instead of soda and sugary drinks.

City Council Votes to Back State Bill to Raise Minimum Wage

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Image via BaltimoreCityCouncil.com

The Baltimore City Council last night threw its support behind legislation in Annapolis that would bring the statewide minimum wage to the $15-an-hour mark by 2023.

Marylanders Made More than $42 Million by Hosting Airbnb Guests in 2017

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A map of available rentals in Baltimore. Still via Airbnb.com

Airbnb’s popularity among Maryland homeowners only continued to grow last year, and data indicate Baltimore led the way.

City Council Unanimously Backs 50 Percent Renewable-Energy Plan for Md. by 2030

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For what it’s worth, every one of Baltimore’s council members supports significantly boosting Maryland’s reliance on renewable energy in the next 13 years.

Greenlaurel: Baltimore To Consider ‘No Oil Bomb Train’ Legislation

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The “no oil train” coalition protested during Artscape 2017 – a venue right in the potential oil blast zone.

A dedicated group of Baltimore’s faith leaders, communities and environmentalists have been working hard to put the kibosh on highly flammable “oil bomb trains” entering Baltimore City. The Baltimore City Council will soon consider a creative local zoning law designed to seriously limit dangerous oil trains’ terminal expansion. Here’s why you should care and also some simple actions you can take to make your voice heard.

Two Arrested After Scuffle, Shouting at City Hall During Hearing on Illegal Gun Possession Bill

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A testy City Council committee hearing today regarding a new gun-crime sentencing bill yielded some collateral damage, along with a watered-down version of the original proposal.