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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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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Maryland Reaches 10,000 Registered Apprentices

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Maryland Reaches 10,000 Registered Apprentices

Governor Larry Hogan and Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz today announced that Maryland has reached more than 10,000 registered apprentices currently earning and learning in the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program – the highest participation rate since 2008. The announcement was made during the September meeting of the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council (MATC),...
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Former Prince George’s County State Delegate Sentenced to 4 Years in Federal Prison for Accepting Bribes and for Conspiracy

Former Prince George’s County State Delegate Sentenced to 4 Years in Federal Prison for Accepting Bribes and for Conspiracy

U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced former Maryland State Delegate Michael Lynn Vaughn, 60, of Bowie, to four years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for a bribery conspiracy in connection with a scheme in which he accepted bribes in exchange for influencing the performance of his official duties. A federal...
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Charles County Implements New Tow Program Tow Companies Requested to Submit Application for Tow Service Permit

Charles County Implements New Tow Program Tow Companies Requested to Submit Application for Tow Service Permit

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office has begun the process of implementing legislation that was signed into law regarding tow services in Charles County. House Bill 1320, which passed in March 2017 and was initiated by Sergeant Jon Burroughs of the CCSO Traffic Operations Unit, ensures oversight and regulation of towing operations within Charles County....
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Bailey Receives Endorsement from Delegate Mark Fisher

Bailey Receives Endorsement from Delegate Mark Fisher

From Delegate Mark Fisher (R -District 27C) I am pleased to join Governor Larry Hogan and offer my endorsement of Jack Bailey for State Senate in District 29. We need a proven leader in Annapolis who will work with our delegation and with our governor. Jack has served the State of Maryland for 30...
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Federal Grant for Great Mills High School Announced

Federal Grant for Great Mills High School Announced

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) announced that St. Mary’s County Public Schools will receive nearly $190,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Education Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant program. Specifically, the grant will aid the ongoing recovery effort of...
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Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot for St. Mary’s County 2018 Primary Election

Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot for St. Mary’s County 2018 Primary Election

The deadline to request a 2018 Primary Election absentee ballot be received by mail is June 19, 2018. The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the primary election for online delivery is June 22, 2018. Any registered voter in Maryland may request and vote by absentee ballot. A voter who wishes to vote...
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Bailey Receives Endorsement from National Rifle Association

Bailey Receives Endorsement from National Rifle Association

Jack Bailey, Senate candidate for District 29 (Calvert and St. Mary’s), has received the endorsement from the National Rifle Association. In addition, Jack Bailey received an AQ rating from the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF). This rating is reserved for a pro-gun candidate based on responses to a candidate questionnaire. It is...
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Governor Larry Hogan Saves Marylanders $46 Million by Permanently Eliminating E-ZPass Transponder Fee

Governor Larry Hogan Saves Marylanders $46 Million by Permanently Eliminating E-ZPass Transponder Fee

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will permanently eliminate the $7.50 E-ZPass Maryland transponder fee for all new customers, putting $46 million back into Marylanders’ wallets over the next five years. In 2015, the governor announced major toll rollbacks across the state, resulting in $270 million in savings for our citizens....
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Jack Bailey Endorsed by County Commissioner O’Connor and Jarboe

Jack Bailey Endorsed by County Commissioner O’Connor and Jarboe

SMNEWSNET received the following press releases from County Commissioner John O’Connor and Tom Jarboe. ________ John O’Connor: As one of your County Commissioners I am pleased to offer my strongest endorsement of Jack Bailey for State Senate in District 29. St. Mary’s County needs a Senator who will understand the County Commissioners and the community. I...
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Maryland Fraternal Order of Police Endorse Jack Bailey for State Senate

Maryland Fraternal Order of Police Endorse Jack Bailey for State Senate

The Maryland Fraternal Order endorsed Jack Bailey, for Maryland Senator of District 29. Below is a copy of the letter. To Mr. Jack Bailey, As President and on behalf of the over 21,000 men and women of the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police, it is our pleasure and honor to stand with you and...
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Governor Hogan Endorses Jack Bailey In Senate District 29

Governor Hogan Endorses Jack Bailey In Senate District 29

Governor Larry Hogan announced his endorsement of Jack Bailey for the Republican Party nomination in Senate District 29. “Southern Maryland needs a fighter like Jack Bailey in the Maryland Senate,” Governor Hogan said. “Unfortunately, the incumbent has consistently sided against our administration and against the people of Southern Maryland on important issues. Unlike his...
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Senate GOP Leader Endorses Steve Waugh

Senate GOP Leader Endorses Steve Waugh

Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings (R, Baltimore and Harford Counties), announced the GOP Caucus endorsement of Senator Steve Waugh: “He’s a vital part of it…As minority leader, I work with Waugh, and that’s who I’ll be working for in the election.” Last week, a press release from the Governor’s office regarding candidates for State...
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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Start of Point Lookout Road at Abell Street/Moakley Street Improvement Project

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Start of Point Lookout Road at Abell Street/Moakley Street Improvement Project

Governor Larry Hogan joined Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Secretary Pete K. Rahn and MDOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) Administrator Greg Slater to announce the start of construction for the much-anticipated MD 5 (Point Lookout Road) at Abell Street/Moakley Street intersection improvements project in Leonardtown. This long-awaited project, which is a priority of...
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Video Release: Dragons, and Cows, and Dogs… Oh My! A Case for Redistricting Reform

Video Release: Dragons, and Cows, and Dogs… Oh My! A Case for Redistricting Reform

Our team took to the streets to see what people thought of Maryland’s 3rd Congressional voting district. I don’t know about you, but I see rampant gerrymandering. Free and fair elections are the very foundation of American democracy and the most basic promise that those in power can pledge to citizens. Unfortunately in Maryland,...
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Governor Larry Hogan Announces School Safety Initiatives

Governor Larry Hogan Announces School Safety Initiatives

Governor Larry Hogan today announced a series of new initiatives, including new funding, an executive order, and emergency legislation. He also voiced his support for existing legislative proposals to enhance safety in Maryland schools; increase coordination among schools, state agencies, and law enforcement; and keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill...
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House Rejects Lower Pay Raise for Judges

House Rejects Lower Pay Raise for Judges

The House of Delegates Thursday rejected Republican attempts to lower a proposed pay raise for judges and tentatively approved a plan to give the 313 judges $20,000 more over the next four years. House Appropriations Committee Chair Maggie McIntosh said the raises were necessary to keep attracting the best talent to serve on the...
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Delegates from Southern Maryland File for Re-Election Together, Receive Hogan’s Endorsement

Delegates from Southern Maryland File for Re-Election Together, Receive Hogan’s Endorsement

On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, the District 29 House Delegation representing St. Mary’s and Southern Calvert, Delegates Matt Morgan, Deb Rey, and Jerry Clark officially filed for re-election for the House of Delegates. Delegate Matt Morgan represents District 29A North St. Mary’s, Delegate Deb Rey represents District 29B South St. Mary’s and Delegate Gerald...
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Hogan-Rutherford Administration Announces 2018 Anti-Opioid Initiatives

Hogan-Rutherford Administration Announces 2018 Anti-Opioid Initiatives

On January 23, 2018, Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford unveiled a series of executive actions and proposed legislation to continue the administration’s aggressive fight against the heroin and opioid crisis. The governor also authorized the Attorney General to file suit against select opioid manufacturers and distributors on the grounds that they have...
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