Latest Maryland state government News

Maryland lawmakers form police accountability workgroup

May. 30, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers on Saturday announced a group of legislators to address issues concerning police accountability. The interim workgroup will start meeting this summer and make recommendations for next year’s legislative session. “Policing in America is broken. While...

Maryland governor issues 2 orders related to coronavirus

May. 29, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday extended a moratorium on utility shutoffs and residential late fees to July 1. It prohibits electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, cable TV and internet service provider companies from shutting off residential customer service or charging any...

Maryland AG: Closed mill is still polluting the Potomac

May. 29, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

LUKE, Md. (AP) — Maryland's attorney general says byproducts from a closed paper mill are continuing to pollute the Potomac River. The Baltimore Sun reports that AG Brian Frosh made the claims in a federal lawsuit that was filed Thursday. The suit involves a mill in the town of Luke in Allegany County....

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam speaks during the COVID-19 press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Iowa AD looking at different football scenarios

May. 28, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Iowa athletic director Gary Barta is not ruling out having a full stadium for home football games. Barta told reporters the school is planning for several different scenarios, and one of them is opening 69,250-seat Kinnick...

Maryland counties to lift some virus restrictions on Monday

May. 28, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Two of Maryland’s most populous counties will begin lifting some coronavirus-related restrictions on Monday, allowing for an expanded reopening of businesses and activities. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced details of the county’s first reopening phase...

Maryland reports nearly 49K filed for unemployment last week

May. 28, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Nearly 49,000 more people filed for new unemployment claims last week in Maryland, the state's labor department said Thursday. The numbers push total unemployment claims to more than 656,000 in the last 10 weeks in Maryland. Roughly 2.1 million people applied for U.S. unemployment...

Scott Churchill, sales associate at Horizon Goodwill, works from behind plexiglass while helping a customer with a purchase at Horizon Goodwill in the South End Shopping Center in Hagerstown, MD., Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Horizon Goodwill is reopening some of their retail stores with additional safety measures in place including, requiring customers and staff to wear face coverings, occupancy limits in the store and frequent sanitizing. (Colleen McGrath/The Herald-Mail via AP)

Hogan: Maryland to move to full stage 1 virus recovery plan

May. 27, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland will fully implement the first stage of its coronavirus recovery plan later this week, Hogan said Wednesday, allowing outdoor dining at restaurants while further lessening some restrictions on outdoor activity. Separately, the chairman of a legislative committee criticized...

Group appeals order in favor of Maryland lockdown rules

May. 24, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Several state lawmakers, religious leaders and other plaintiffs are appealing a federal judge’s refusal to strike down a stay-at-home order and other restrictions that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Maryland's chief judge releases reopening plan for courts

May. 22, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's chief judge announced steps in a reopening plan for the state's courts on Friday in response to the coronavirus, with a gradual return to full operations in the next several weeks and months. Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, the chief judge of the state's highest court, ordered...

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at a news conference in Annapolis, Md., Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Maryland residents will no longer be required to stay at home, but they will be strongly advised to continue to do so, especially if they are older and more vulnerable to the coronavirus, Hogan said Wednesday as he announced a statewide order that will take effect later this week. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

More than 51K file for unemployment in Maryland

May. 21, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is widely expanding access to coronavirus testing, to people without appointments or symptoms — a step that epidemiologists say is key to containing the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Larry Hogan announced 17 new COVID-19 test sites at CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations...