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Board of Charles County Commissioners Announce Charles County Phase One to Reopen May 29

Board of Charles County Commissioners Announce Charles County Phase One to Reopen May 29

On Thursday, May 14, 2020, the Board of Commissioners met to discuss implementing phase one guidelines of Maryland’s “Roadmap to Recovery.”  They voted 3-2 to institute phase one of Governor Hogan’s order beginning May 29. The Stay-at-Home Order will remain in place in Charles County until that time. After that, Charles County will begin...
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Maryland State Board of Elections Provides Guidance for June Primary Voting Procedures

Maryland State Board of Elections Provides Guidance for June Primary Voting Procedures

A 2020 Presidential Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The Maryland State Board of Elections is committed to educating voters on the changes made to election procedures due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. These changes are made to ensure voters can exercise their fundamental right to vote while also safeguarding...
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Governor Hogan Announces State of Maryland Acquires a Half Million COVID-19 Tests From South Korea

Governor Hogan Announces State of Maryland Acquires a Half Million COVID-19 Tests From South Korea

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the State of Maryland has acquired 500,000 COVID-19 tests from South Korea’s LabGenomics. The governor was joined for today’s announcement outside Government House by First Lady Yumi Hogan. Following are the governor’s remarks, as prepared for delivery; “From the beginning of this coronavirus pandemic, one of the biggest...
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As COVID-19 Crisis Escalates in Capital Region, Governor Hogan Issues Stay at Home Order Effective Tonight

As COVID-19 Crisis Escalates in Capital Region, Governor Hogan Issues Stay at Home Order Effective Tonight

As the COVID-19 crisis escalates in the National Capital Region, Governor Larry Hogan today issued a Stay at Home order to protect public health and safety. The order, which takes effect at 8:00 p.m. tonight, states that no Maryland resident should leave their home unless it is for an essential job or for an...
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VIDEO: “We Can’t Wait,” Governor Hogan Explains Maryland’s Unprecedented Coronavirus Response on CNN, PBS

VIDEO: “We Can’t Wait,” Governor Hogan Explains Maryland’s Unprecedented Coronavirus Response on CNN, PBS

On Monday, March 16, 2020, Governor Hogan appeared on CNN’s The Situation Room and PBS Newshour to update the public on Maryland’s unprecedented response to the coronavirus pandemic. The appearance came just hours after Governor Hogan enacted new vital actions to keep Marylanders safe – including closing bars and restaurants, expanding the ban on...
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VIDEO: Governor Hogan Announces Major Actions to Protect Public Health, Limit Spread of COVID-19 Pandemic

VIDEO: Governor Hogan Announces Major Actions to Protect Public Health, Limit Spread of COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Larry Hogan today announced a series of major actions to protect public health and safety and limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Maryland. Earlier today, the state reported its first case of community transmission. “This problem continues to evolve and will escalate rapidly and dramatically,” said Governor Hogan. “For Marylanders, the...
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Governor Releases Statement Regarding Potential Coronavirus Exposure Risk at Event in Maryland

Governor Releases Statement Regarding Potential Coronavirus Exposure Risk at Event in Maryland

Earlier today, the New Jersey Department of Health notified the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) that a person confirmed to have Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, was in Maryland from February 27-March 1, 2020, attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor. Those who attended or worked at the conference may be...
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Governor Hogan Submits Emergency Legislation to Advance Coronavirus Response Maryland Emergency Management Agency Raising Activation Level to Enhanced

Governor Hogan Submits Emergency Legislation to Advance Coronavirus Response Maryland Emergency Management Agency Raising Activation Level to Enhanced

At Wednesday’s Board of Public Works meeting, Governor Larry Hogan announced that he is introducing emergency legislation granting him the authority to transfer resources from the state’s rainy day fund for Maryland’s novel coronavirus response. The governor also announced that the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is raising its activation level to Enhanced in...
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Bill Allows Support Dogs for Children in Md. Courts

Bill Allows Support Dogs for Children in Md. Courts

Legislation that passed in the Maryland Senate would establish statewide an initiative to provide therapy dogs to child witnesses in circuit court hearings and proceedings. Children who have to appear in court can feel anxious and overwhelmed, especially when recounting tragic events or similar instances, proponents said. A handler would accompany each dog, under...
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Md. Bill Would Make Helmets Optional for Most Motorcyclists

Md. Bill Would Make Helmets Optional for Most Motorcyclists

Helmets would no longer be mandatory for most motorcycle riders in Maryland under a bill expected to be heard in a state Senate committee Tuesday. Senate bill 237 would make motorcyclists and their passengers exempt from wearing a helmet if the motorcycle operator is 21 or older, has at least two years of riding...
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Charles County Obtains Injunction to Prevent Adult Entertainment Establishment from Opening in Bryans Road

Charles County Obtains Injunction to Prevent Adult Entertainment Establishment from Opening in Bryans Road

On January 24, 2020, Charles County obtained an order to enforce the injunction that prohibits X4B, an adult entertainment establishment, from opening for business this weekend. The establishment had been promoting itself as a nightclub with live entertainment in its online advertising through social media. Charles County Attorney Wes Adams presented evidence that the...
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Hogan Administration Announces Agreements with State Employee Labor Unions

Hogan Administration Announces Agreements with State Employee Labor Unions

The Hogan administration today announced that the state has completed negotiations and reached agreements with state employee unions for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. The Maryland Professional Employees Council, the American Federation of Teachers, the Baltimore Washington International Professional Firefighters Local 1742, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have all reached...
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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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