Berlin native running for Carozza's state delegate seat

A man who grew up in Ocean Pines is prepping for a run at a state delegate seat, the fourth Republican to join the race. Joseph Schanno filed on Jan. 12 for the 38C seat, which serves Worcester and Wicomico counties. The seat is currently held by Mary Beth Carozza, who is running for state senate.  Schanno will host a campaign kickoff party Monday, Feb. 19, according to a release.  “I am looking forward to meeting with friends and community members next Monday," Schanno said. "I grew up in Ocean Pines and I am eager to apply my experience in the Governor Larry Hogan Administration on behalf of my neighbors in District 38C." (Daily Times)

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Hogan asks U.S. Senate leaders to kill House plan to strip EPA of Chesapeake cleanup authority

As Washington lawmakers hash out a federal budget deal, Gov. Larry Hogan has asked U.S. Senate leaders to kill a provision in a House spending bill that would strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its authority in Chesapeake Bay cleanup work. Hogan sent the request in writing to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer this week. He sent the letter as governor and as the current chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council, a panel of the governors of six bay-watershed states and other officials. (Balt. Sun)

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Bill to strip Md. governor of final parole decision gets House hearing

Maryland governors must be stripped of the final say in parole decisions for life-sentenced inmates because the perceived political consequences of releasing a convicted killer has and will continue to make denial of release virtually certain in all cases, supporters of repeal legislation told a House of Delegates panel Thursday. (Daily Record)

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Schuh announces $2.4 million in federal money to help the homeless

Anne Arundel County has been awarded $2.4 million in federal money to combat homelessness in the county, officials said. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will support 14 ongoing county projects. These efforts focus on permanent supportive housing for individuals and families who are homeless in Anne Arundel County and Annapolis. The money is part of HUD’s competitive Continuum of Care program. County Executive Steve Schuh announced the funding Thursday in Severna Park. He did so at Safe Haven II, a program operated by the Arundel House of Hope. (Capital)

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Card, tile game wagers OK, dice games not. Carozza bill will fix that

Delegate Mary Beth Carozza, R-38C, has introduced legislation to allow the dice game of bunco to be included with already legalized home games such as mahjong where one is allowed to wager with certain restrictions. House Bill 581 was heard before the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday afternoon. “It simply does not make sense to have a situation where limited wagering is allowed for mahjong or a card game, yet at the same 55 and over location, limited wagering is not permitted for bunco,” Carozza said in her testimony before the Ways and Means Committee. (Daily Times)

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February 15 // Shea picks Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott as running mate

Baltimore lawyer Jim Shea has tapped Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott as his running mate in the Democratic primary for governor, creating a city-centric ticket designed to appeal to several wings of the party. Shea, 65, said Scott, 33, brings wisdom beyond his years and can help bridge a generational divide among Democrats. (Balt. Sun)

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Most of Montgomery County’s Annapolis delegation lines up behind measure to attract Amazon HQ

Not long after Gov. Larry Hogan's announcement last month that he would propose a $5 billion package of incentives to attract Amazon's second headquarters to Montgomery County, County Executive Ike Leggett met with members of the local state legislative delegation to urge support of a bill to enact major elements of the governor's plan into law. According to sources present, Leggett also asked any Montgomery County legislators inclined to oppose the bill to refrain from going public for the time being—while the situation in Annapolis surrounding the giant economic development offer plays out, pending adjournment of the Maryland General Assembly's 2018 session in mid-April. (Bethesda)

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Hogan seeks 'lockbox' to guarantee casino revenue goes to schools

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday threw his support behind a bill that would put the state's casino gambling revenue in a so-called "lockbox," guaranteeing more gaming proceeds are steered toward public schools. Hogan's proposal comes after years of what he called a "bait-and-switch," of the revenues only replacing already existing sources of funding for schools, rather than increasing the total funding amount. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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