Politics

Letter to the Editor From Former Sergeant at St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

Letter to the Editor From Former Sergeant at St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

To the Editor, The following comments are addressed very specifically to St. Mary’s County Commissioners Hewitt, Guy, and Morgan. From 2006 to 2016 I was a Deputy Sheriff with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. I held assignments in Patrol, Investigations, and Special Operations as well as a number of collateral duties. I often...
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Three Judicial Appointments Fills Vacancies in Court of Appeals, Anne Arundel, and St. Mary’s Counties

Three Judicial Appointments Fills Vacancies in Court of Appeals, Anne Arundel, and St. Mary’s Counties

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the following judicial appointments: Jonathan Biran for the Court of Appeals Richard Trunnell for Anne Arundel County Circuit Court James Lee Tanavage for St. Mary’s County District Court “The appointment of these qualified individuals to serve across our state’s justice system is paramount to upholding our responsibilities to the...
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Maryland Department of Natural Resources Certifies Two New Maryland Clean Marinas

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Certifies Two New Maryland Clean Marinas

Two facilities recently passed inspection by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ voluntary Clean Marina program, earning the Maryland Clean Marina Award. Solomons Landing Marina and Kent Narrows Boatel met the award criteria, bringing the total number of Clean Marinas and Clean Marina Partners to 147. This is roughly a quarter of the marinas...
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Attorney General Releases Statement on Charging Library for Police Presence at Drag Queen Stories Event

Attorney General Releases Statement on Charging Library for Police Presence at Drag Queen Stories Event

Kathryn M. Rowe, Assistant Attorney form the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland sent the following letter to Brian M. Crosby. Dear Delegate Crosby: You have asked for advice concerning a Drag Queen Stories event at the Lexington Park Library in St. Mary’s County (“the library”). Specifically, you have asked about the First...
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See Some of the New Maryland Laws That Go Into Effect Today

See Some of the New Maryland Laws That Go Into Effect Today

Hundreds of Maryland laws are going into effect today, Tuesday, October 1, 2019, spanning subjects from criminal justice reform to election law to medical cannabis. A generous number of the bills fall under the subjects of criminal justice and health. Senate Bill 707, which passed in the 2018 legislative session but is going into...
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Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims September as International Underground Railroad Month for Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims September as International Underground Railroad Month for Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed September as International Underground Railroad Month, which recognizes Maryland as the most powerful destination for authentic Underground Railroad history. It also commemorates all those involved in the Underground Railroad, including Maryland’s courageous Harriet Tubman, the brilliant orator Frederick Douglass, and thousands of freedom seekers. “Maryland has the most documented successful...
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Citizens Invited to Submit Legislative Proposals for 2020 General Assembly Session

Citizens Invited to Submit Legislative Proposals for 2020 General Assembly Session

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will hold a joint meeting with members of the St. Mary’s County Legislative Delegation on October 1, 2019 at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place in the commissioners meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building, 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown. The purpose of the meeting is to consider...
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Hogan Administration Unveils New Financial Transparency Web Application

Hogan Administration Unveils New Financial Transparency Web Application

Governor Larry Hogan and the heads of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) announced the launch of the “Maryland Transparency Portal,” a new web-based application that will empower citizens to become better informed about the details of the state budget with a user-friendly and easy-to-navigate interface....
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Governor Hogan Announces New Deputy Chief of Staff Diane Croghan

Governor Hogan Announces New Deputy Chief of Staff Diane Croghan

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Diane Croghan to serve as deputy chief of staff in the Office of the Governor for labor, housing, education, human services, and health matters. Croghan succeeds Tiffany Robinson, whom the governor recently appointed to be Maryland’s next secretary of Labor. “Diane is an invaluable asset to...
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Hogan Administration Announces Opportunity MDOT to Empower Maryland Businesses

Hogan Administration Announces Opportunity MDOT to Empower Maryland Businesses

The Hogan Administration announces that Opportunity MDOT, a first-of-its-kind Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) program to empower businesses throughout the state, will host a kickoff workshop Thursday, August 1, at the University of Maryland, College Park. Opportunity MDOT is designed to help connect small-, minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses with new opportunities related to...
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St. Mary’s County Commissioners Approve Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

St. Mary’s County Commissioners Approve Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have approved the $253,113,474 fiscal year 2020 General Fund budget. The figure represents a 10 percent increase over fiscal 2019, including other financing sources. Funding for education, county departments and elected officials, along with public safety, accounts for nearly 82 percent of the General Fund budget. The adopted...
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Governor Hogan Signs Measures to Add Marylanders to Health Insurance Rolls, Raise Tobacco Age to 21

Governor Hogan Signs Measures to Add Marylanders to Health Insurance Rolls, Raise Tobacco Age to 21

Governor Larry Hogan signed a number of critical health care and crime prevention measures, including legislation that will add more Marylanders to the health insurance rolls, and raise the minimum age tobacco can be sold to 21 amid an epidemic of teen vaping. The governor also signed Laura and Reid’s Law, which introduces tougher...
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FOP Letter to the Editor

FOP Letter to the Editor

The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #7 for St. Mary’s County submitted the following letter to the editor: Dear Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #7 for St. Mary’s County is writing you this letter to address the issue of the pay disparity between our agency, the Maryland State...
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Franchot to Celebrate Small Business Appreciation Week

Franchot to Celebrate Small Business Appreciation Week

Comptroller Peter Franchot will visit small businesses throughout Maryland next week in recognition of Small Business Appreciation Week, which runs from May 5-11. “From Oakland to Ocean City, small businesses are the beating heart of our state’s economy,” said Comptroller Franchot. “These companies create jobs, provide necessary services, invest in local communities, drive innovation...
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Governor Hogan Signs Important Crime and Public Safety Measures Into Law

Governor Hogan Signs Important Crime and Public Safety Measures Into Law

Governor Larry Hogan signed into law several important measures to improve public safety. These are among 195 bills the governor signed today alongside Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones. “We are very proud to enact these critical public safety measures to continue to make our state safer,” said...
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Calvert County, Md., Receives AAA Credit Ratings for Fourth Consecutive Year

Calvert County, Md., Receives AAA Credit Ratings for Fourth Consecutive Year

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) announces the county has, for the fourth consecutive year, received AAA credit ratings from three independent credit rating agencies. Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Services and S&P Global Ratings assigned Calvert County their highest ratings due to the county’s strong economy, robust revenues and sound financial management....
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Pres Release: “Maryland’s Fight for $15 Coalition” Statement on Override of Hogan’s Veto: Maryland Minimum Wage Bill

Pres Release: “Maryland’s Fight for $15 Coalition” Statement on Override of Hogan’s Veto: Maryland Minimum Wage Bill

Ricarra Jones of Maryland’s Fight for $15 Coalition released the following statement on behalf of the Coalition after the Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the minimum wage bill: “We are thrilled the Maryland General Assembly did what was needed in Maryland and overrode Governor Hogan’s veto today to...
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PRESS RELEASE: Governor Larry Hogan Uses Veto to Protect Maryland Jobs and Economy

PRESS RELEASE: Governor Larry Hogan Uses Veto to Protect Maryland Jobs and Economy

Governor Larry Hogan today vetoed Senate Bill 280 and House Bill 166 – Labor and Employment – Payment of Wages – Minimum Wage, saying it “could cost us jobs, negatively impact our economic competitiveness, and devastate our state’s economy.” Read the governor’s veto letter, which emphasizes three key points: This measure would cost Maryland more...
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Letter to the Editor – Maryland’s Move Over Law

Letter to the Editor – Maryland’s Move Over Law

Every day more than 16,000 Maryland law enforcement officers say goodbye to their families and head out to protect and serve their communities. As a police officer, both you and your family know the risks of the job when you’re sworn in to wear the badge – impaired drivers, weapons, domestic incidents gone wrong,...
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Out-of-State Drivers owe Maryland $102 Million in Tolls and the State Wants to Collect

Out-of-State Drivers owe Maryland $102 Million in Tolls and the State Wants to Collect

Out-of-state drivers have racked up $102 million in unpaid video tolls and fines in Maryland, and lawmakers pushing a bill through the General Assembly want them to pay up. HB105, debated in the House of Delegates Wednesday, would enable the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) to hire an outside debt collection agency to collect the...
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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Cabinet Appointment

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Cabinet Appointment

Governor Larry Hogan today announced Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio as the Secretary of Natural Resources. Haddaway-Riccio currently serves as a Deputy Chief of Staff in the governor’s office, where she advises on environmental-related issues. “Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio has been a strong member of my executive team since day one and has a proven track record of working to...
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Bailey Statement on Funding for the University System of Maryland Academic and Research Center

Bailey Statement on Funding for the University System of Maryland Academic and Research Center

Senator Jack Bailey released the following statement today after the Governor’s inclusion of $11,953,000 in Maryland’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget to complete the design and begin construction of the University of Maryland Academic and Research Center at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, also known as the ‘Third Building’ at the Regional Higher Education...
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Judge Karen Abrams selected to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Judge Karen Abrams selected to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Former Maryland Circuit Court Judge, the Honorable Karen Abrams, has been selected by the St. Mary’s County Commission for Women to receive the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. Judge Abrams’ community activities have included membership on the following boards: United Way of St. Mary’s County, St. Mary’s Nursing Center Foundation, Calvert Marine Museum and Calvert...
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David Weiskopf Appointed County Attorney for St. Mary’s County

David Weiskopf Appointed County Attorney for St. Mary’s County

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have appointed David Weiskopf County Attorney. Mr. Weiskopf has served as Acting county Attorney since October 5, 2017. He has been with St. Mary’s County Government since July 15, 2008 when he was hired as Deputy County Attorney. “We are pleased to officially appoint David as our next...
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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Over $3.5 Billion “Building Opportunity Fund” School Construction Initiative

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Over $3.5 Billion “Building Opportunity Fund” School Construction Initiative

Governor Larry Hogan announced a major initiative to make a historic investment in school construction projects across the state. Called the Building Opportunity Fund, the governor unveiled plans to submit legislation during the 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly to provide $1.9 billion in new school construction funding over five years. This proposed new funding...
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