Baltimore state senators ask budget committee to kill bill to fund horse racing 'super track' at Laurel Park

Fearing the loss of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore’s state Senate delegation is asking the Budget and Taxation Committee to kill a bill that would provide funding for a “super track” at Laurel Park. In a letter sent Friday to Budget and Taxation Committee chairwoman Sen. Nancy King, Baltimore’s senators asked her to shelve a bill that would authorize the Maryland Economic Development Corp. to issue $120 million in bonds to finance $80 million in improvements to Laurel, plus $40 million for a training center at the former Bowie Race Track. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Gov. Hogan calls Democratic-controlled legislature 'reckless' and 'pro-criminal'

Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday blasted lawmakers Democratic-controlled Maryland General Assembly, accusing them of spending recklessly and siding with violent criminals.

In confrontational comments made at a pivotal moment in the General Assembly session — the day when lawmakers are rushing pass bills from one chamber to the next — the Republican governor condemned the the legislature for killing a bill that would have allowed Baltimore school police officers to carry guns inside school buildings. He also took issue with some legislators who have argued against mandatory-minimum sentences for violent criminals and spending more on policing. “This seems to be the most pro-criminal group of legislators I’ve ever seen,” Hogan said. (Balt. Sun)

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Trump attorneys seek to block Maryland suit alleging he profits unconstitutionally from presidency

President Donald Trump's attorneys are asking a federal appeals court Tuesday to prevent Maryland from proceeding with a lawsuit alleging Trump is illegally profiting from his presidency. Maryland argues in the suit that the president is violating a constitutional prohibition by doing business with foreign and state governments that patronize the luxury Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington with overnight stays, receptions and conferences. (Balt. Sun)

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Gov. Hogan: Park Service does ‘terrible job’ with BW Parkway

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan pulled no punches Monday when commenting on the infamous pothole problem that plagues the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Laurel. Hogan told FOX 5 that though the park service does well with parks, it does a “terrible job” of maintaining the B.W. Parkway, which has seen no substantive efforts to repair the cratered road surface because, as the Park Service said last week, “financial needs far outweigh available funding.” “We want to improve the capacity all the way from Washington to Baltimore so that our taxpayers can get to and from work,” Hogan told FOX 5. “It’s outrageous and unacceptable. (WTOP)

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From Annapolis to Kabul: Maryland state senator headed to Afghanistan

As a sophomore at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, William C. Smith Jr. was getting dressed for classes when he heard Katie Couric say on television that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. Smith spent the next few hours frantically trying to reach friends and family in New York and Washington. His mother was an administrative employee at the General Services Administration, and his father was driving a cab around Reagan National Airport. Days later, Smith decided to enlist in the military. (Wash. Post)

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Frosh Pushes Legislation Requiring ‘Humane’ Treatment of Nursing Home Residents

A high-profile scandal involving a now-defunct Maryland nursing home chain has prompted legislation that Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) said will protect current and future nursing home residents from mistreatment. Frosh told lawmakers last week that his office has worked with the association that represents Maryland nursing homes on legislation that would broaden the consumer protections that already exist. (Md. Matters)

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‘Laura would be very happy’: Md. moves toward harsher penalties for crimes against pregnant women

For a Maryland father whose pregnant daughter was murdered in 2017, unthinkable grief has been tempered by determination and an understanding of political expediency. Mark Wallen is hopeful Maryland has taken one large step toward protecting pregnant women. The Maryland Senate approved a bill Friday that would allow for stronger sentences — up to 10 extra years in prison — for defendants convicted of violent crimes against pregnant women. The bill passed 46-1. The bill would allow for an enhanced penalty — up to 10 extra years in prison — for a defendant convicted of any violent crime against a pregnant woman. (WTOP)

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Maryland House of Delegates OKs bill lifting age limits on filing child sexual abuse lawsuits

The Maryland House of Delegates on Monday approved a bill removing the statute of limitations for filing lawsuits arising from child sexual abuse. The House passed the bill by a bipartisan vote of 136-2 without debate, sending it to the state Senate for consideration. The bill would allow victims of child sexual abuse to file a lawsuit anytime. And victims who previously were barred from filing a lawsuit because of the prior limits would have a two-year window to file a lawsuit. (Balt. Sun)

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