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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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VIDEO: Sheriff Cameron Elected to Historic Fourth Term

VIDEO: Sheriff Cameron Elected to Historic Fourth Term

Tim Cameron was re-elected on Election Day to a historic fourth consecutive term as Sheriff of St. Mary’s County, Maryland. No other Sheriff in St. Mary’s had reached that milestone in the office’s 381-year history. Only one other Sheriff served four terms in St. Mary’s County in that span, but those were non-consecutive terms....
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Unofficial 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Results for St. Mary’s County

Unofficial 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Results for St. Mary’s County

Governor / Lt. Governor Vote for 1 (36 of 36 election day precincts reported) Name Party Early Voting Election Day Absentee / Provisional Total Percentage Larry Hogan and Boyd K. Rutherford Republican 7,216 21,971 0 29,187 76.8% Ben Jealous and Susan Turnbull Democratic 2,383 5,870 0 8,253 21.7% Shawn Quinn and Christina Smith Libertarian...
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Unofficial 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Results for Charles County

Unofficial 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Results for Charles County

Governor / Lt. Governor Vote for 1 (43 of 43 election day precincts reported) Name Party Early Voting Election Day Absentee / Provisional Total Percentage Larry Hogan and Boyd K. Rutherford Republican 7,873 22,421 0 30,294 49.6% Ben Jealous and Susan Turnbull Democratic 8,628 21,646 0 30,274 49.6% Shawn Quinn and Christina Smith Libertarian...
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Unofficial 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Results for Calvert County

Unofficial 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Results for Calvert County

Governor / Lt. Governor Vote for 1 (23 of 23 election day precincts reported) Name Party Early Voting Election Day Absentee / Provisional Total Percentage Larry Hogan and Boyd K. Rutherford Republican 6,176 21,923 0 28,099 76.0% Ben Jealous and Susan Turnbull Democratic 2,484 5,968 0 8,452 22.9% Shawn Quinn and Christina Smith Libertarian...
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Important Election Information for the 2018 General Election

Important Election Information for the 2018 General Election

For the 2018 General Election, voters may vote in person or by absentee ballot. To vote in person, voters who reside in St. Mary’s County may vote before Election Day at a designated early voting center in St. Mary’s County or on Election Day at the polling place for their residence in St. Mary’s County. Early...
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Letter to the Editor: Endorsement of Sheriff Tim Cameron by Richard Fritz, State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County

Letter to the Editor: Endorsement of Sheriff Tim Cameron by Richard Fritz, State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County

As State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County, I fully support and endorse Sheriff Tim Cameron’s reelection bid for Sheriff of St. Mary’s County. Over the past twelve years, as State’s Attorney, I have had the opportunity to work closely with Sheriff Cameron and the men and women of the Sheriff’s Department, and I highly...
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Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot for the 2018 Gubernatorial General Election is Approaching

Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot for the 2018 Gubernatorial General Election is Approaching

The deadline to request a 2018 Gubernatorial General Election absentee ballot for mail delivery is Tuesday, October 30.  The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the general election for internet delivery is Friday, November 2. Any registered voter in Maryland may request and vote by absentee ballot. A voter who wishes to vote by absentee ballot may request an absentee ballot...
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VIDEO: St. Mary’s County Candidates Forum for Sheriff, 2018

VIDEO: St. Mary’s County Candidates Forum for Sheriff, 2018

The St. Mary’s County League of Women Voters and the NAACP held a Candidates Forum at the Lexington Park Library on October 2, 2018. The candidates running for sheriff in St. Mary’s County are incumbent Tim Cameron, a Republican; and Ted Belleavoine, the Democratic challenger. 
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See What New Laws Went Into Effect in Maryland this Week

See What New Laws Went Into Effect in Maryland this Week

Scores of laws passed during this year’s General Assembly session go into effect Monday. Some key new laws Oct. 1 include measures to: Ban spoofing phone calls Stop the distribution of electronic cigarettes to minors Create a new extreme risk protective order (red flag) that will take guns away from alleged abusers Shrink the period...
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Important 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Deadlines

Important 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Deadlines

Important deadlines for the upcoming 2018 Gubernatorial General Election are approaching. The deadline to register to vote, change party affiliation, update an address, and request an alternate polling place for this election is 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. To vote in the upcoming general election, Maryland residents who are eligible to vote but are...
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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Judicial Appointments

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Judicial Appointments

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointments of Pamela Knoop Alban, Elizabeth Sheree Morris, and Robert Jeffrey Thompson to fill three vacancies on the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. The seats became vacant following the recent retirements of Judge Paul F. Harris, Jr., Judge Paul Goetzke, and Judge Michele Jaklitsch. The governor made the...
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2018 State of the County Video Report and Executive Summary now Available for Viewing

Citizens wanting to learn more about progress made by the county during the last fiscal year can view the 2018 State of the County video report. The 22 minute report highlights accomplishments made on projects and programs undertaken in 2017 and 2018. The report also looks ahead to projects currently underway, including the new...
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Governor Larry Hogan Announces New Parental Leave Policy for State Employees; Provides 60 Days of Paid Leave

Governor Larry Hogan Announces New Parental Leave Policy for State Employees; Provides 60 Days of Paid Leave

Governor Larry Hogan today announced a new parental leave policy for Maryland state employees, which will provide up to an additional 60 days of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child under six years old. To provide more flexibility for working parents, the 60 days may be used any time within...
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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Health Insurance Premium Rate Decreases

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Health Insurance Premium Rate Decreases

Governor Larry Hogan today announced approval of an average 13.2 percent premium rate decrease for individual health insurance plans with an effective date of January 1, 2019. These rates reflect the impact of Maryland’s 1332 State Innovation Waiver, which creates a State Reinsurance Program to help stabilize Maryland’s individual health insurance market and prevent...
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Senate Passage of Opioid Legislation Includes Important Resources for Maryland

Senate Passage of Opioid Legislation Includes Important Resources for Maryland

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) applauded the Senate’s passage of the bipartisan Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which will help address this public health epidemic and the ripple effects of the crisis on children, families, and communities. In addition, as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Van Hollen helped secure...
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New Regulations for Lawn Fertilizer Use to Take Effect in October

New Regulations for Lawn Fertilizer Use to Take Effect in October

The Maryland Department of Agriculture has announced that new regulations regarding the use of fertilizer products will take effect October 1 as a result of changes made to Maryland’s Lawn Fertilizer Law during the 2018 legislative session. The changes make regulations for organic fertilizer products consistent with those for synthetic products. Additionally, they give...
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Hoyer Hosts Discussion on Public Safety in Charles County

Hoyer Hosts Discussion on Public Safety in Charles County

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer joined Senator Chris Van Hollen  and local officials at a roundtable to discuss public safety needs and the opioid crisis in Charles County. “I thank Senator Van Hollen for organizing this important discussion on public safety today,” said Congressman Hoyer. “I appreciated hearing from local leaders, school administrators, clergy, law enforcement...
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St. Mary’s County Commissioners Honor U.S. Constitution

St. Mary’s County Commissioners Honor U.S. Constitution

The Constitution of the United States is recognized as the guardian of civil liberties. It embodies the principles of government in a Republic dedicated to rule by law.  September 17 marked the 231st anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution by the Constitutional Convention. The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have issued a proclamation...
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Senate Passes Cardin Measures to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Senate Passes Cardin Measures to Fight Opioid Epidemic

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin lauded Senate passage today of a package of bills to tackle the opioid epidemic facing the country. Included in the package are Cardin provisions that would expand the use of telehealth services for the treatment of opioid use, bundle payments for medication-assisted treatment under Medicare, study the expansion of successful peer support services and...
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Hogan Administration Announces $12 Million in Highway Safety Grants

Hogan Administration Announces $12 Million in Highway Safety Grants

As part of ongoing efforts to prevent traffic crashes and save lives on Maryland roads, Governor Larry Hogan today announced that $12 million in federal highway safety funds will be granted to approximately 90 agencies and organizations across the state with the goal of reducing crashes and related injuries and deaths. “The safety of our...
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