Federal Lawmakers Press MDOT Chief on Hogan Roads Plan

Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation pressed top Hogan administration officials on Thursday to share more information about plans to widen the American Legion Bridge, Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway (I-495). The requests came during a briefing provided by state Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn and State Highway Administrator Greg Slater. “I think they need to be much more forthcoming with information,” U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D) told reporters after the session. “We all pressed them for more information.” (Md. Matters)

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Montgomery County approves plan to create police advisory panel: ‘We need to make changes’

Stopping police misconduct before it happens is the goal of a new committee unanimously approved by lawmakers in Montgomery County, Maryland. Earlier this week, the Montgomery County Council gave the OK to what it called “landmark legislation,” introduced by Council member Hans Riemer, creating the Policing Advisory Commission. In recent years, there have been a number of high-profile police misconduct cases across the country. (WTOP)

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State says long-sought Howard Street Tunnel ‘fully funded’

A long-awaited project that would improve the aging Howard Street Tunnel and which had been viewed as critical for the future of rail cargo shipments from the Port of Baltimore is fully funded, according to state transportation officials. Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, in a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, said the Hogan administration worked closely with CSX to close the gap on the $466 million project. (Daily Record)

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Former Maryland Gov. O’Malley pokes fun at President Trump with Justin Trudeau photo: ‘We laugh at him’ too

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley poked fun at a viral video involving a number of leaders laughing about President Donald Trump, posting a photo with himself and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Twitter on Thursday morning with the caption “We laugh at him a lot too.” The viral video posted earlier this week showed Trudeau along with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte appearing to laugh about Trump’s behavior during a NATO reception in London. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore City Council approves financial disclosure rules in wake of ‘Healthy Holly’ scandal

The Baltimore City Council approved new financial disclosure rules Thursday, sending the legislation to Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s desk for a signature. The bill, according to its sponsor Councilman Ryan Dorsey, "closes the loophole” in city law that allowed former Mayor Catherine Pugh to sell her self-published “Healthy Holly” children’s books without revealing that her customers included companies with business before the city. Pugh pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy and tax evasion in connection to these sales. (Balt Sun)

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Md. members of Congress say state should release details about toll lane proposal

Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation told state officials Thursday that Gov. Larry Hogan (R) should expand public transportation more if he wants to add toll lanes to the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270, according to members who spoke after the Capitol Hill meeting. The group also told Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn and State Highway Administrator Greg Slater that the state needs to release more details before the toll lane plan moves forward at the state’s Board of Public Works, members said. (Wash. Post)


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Montgomery County’s Smith named to lead Maryland Senate’s judicial committee

Sen. William C. Smith Jr. of Montgomery County will lead the Maryland Senate’s high-profile judicial committee, the incoming Senate president announced Wednesday. Speaking at a fundraiser for Smith, Sen. Bill Ferguson — a Baltimore Democrat who has been nominated to become Senate president in January — said Smith was the “presumptive” chairman. (Balt Sun)

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Ferguson Bestows Judicial Proceedings Gavel on Smith at Star-Studded Fundraiser

Incoming state Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) wasted no time filling the top slot on the Judicial Proceedings Committee, tapping the panel’s No. 2, Sen. William C. Smith Jr. (D-Montgomery), as the new chairman. Ferguson’s decision, announced Wednesday evening, came just one day after the current JPR chairman, Sen. Robert A. Zirkin (D-Baltimore County), revealed that he plans to resign before the start of the General Assembly session next month. (Md. Matters)

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