Maryland Senate delays vote on delaying paid sick leave

An effort to delay implementation of a paid sick leave law in Maryland appears close to dead after the Senate failed to take a vote Tuesday morning. A bill sponsored by Sen. Thomas "Mac" Middleton would push back implementation of last year's Maryland Healthy Working Families Act until July 1 to allow more time for businesses, government agencies and community colleges to prepare for it. Despite approval from the Senate Finance Committee, which Middleton chairs, the Senate has twice delayed taking a vote on the floor. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Videos of full Assembly sessions get slim support, even though cost estimates reduced

A brief, perfunctory hearing in a Senate committee Tuesday offered a rather weak argument for Gov. Larry Hogan’s legislation to make the legislature’s proceedings more open and accessible to the public. Hogan’s Transparency Act of 2018 (SB295/HB352), sponsored by almost all Republican lawmakers and no Democrats, requires the legislature to live video stream and archive all sessions of the House and Senate and their committees, including voting sessions. (Md. Reporter)

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Sen. Ben Cardin will hand over Foreign Relations post

Sen. Ben Cardin is losing his role as the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, ending a run that began almost three years ago with the tricky politics of the Iran nuclear deal. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey would return to the role of ranking member. Cardin took over the job in 2015 as Menendez was fighting federal corruption charges. Menendez’s trial last fall ended in a mistrial, and the Justice Department dropped those charges last week. (Balt. Sun)

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Delegate proposes breaks for nursing mothers to pump milk

A Frederick County delegate would like state employees who are nursing mothers to have a place to pump. Delegate Carol Krimm (D-District 3A) on Tuesday presented House Bill 306 to the House Appropriations Committee. The bill, following federal law, would require state entities to provide a break time and a private place for employees to express breast milk. (News-Post)

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Baltimore Co. senator wants to require off-duty officers wear body cams while in uniform

A Baltimore County senator is proposing off-duty Baltimore County Police officers who are working in uniform wear body cameras. The proposal comes from a case where an officer shot and killed a man he suspected of shoplifting at a Baltimore County supermarket. Christopher Clapp was killed in August 2017 by an off-duty Baltimore County Police officer who was working security at a Giant supermarket in Catonsville. (WJZ-TV)

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Trone campaign undergoes staff changes before political director resigns

Businessman David Trone’s campaign for the District 6 congressional seat is undergoing staff changes, which it made before his political director resigned last week. Grace Rivera-Oven informed the campaign Jan. 29 she was resigning, effective immediately. “Due to personal and family issues I need to resign,” Rivera-Oven wrote in her resignation email that was shared by the campaign with Bethesda Beat. “I wish you the best and many blessings through the rest of your campaign.” (Bethesda)

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On second try, commissioners approve salary increase plan; move aimed at reducing turnover

The Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a plan to increase salaries for county jobs with the highest turnover rates. The commissioners voted 5-2 to approve the salary reclassification plan proposed by Human Resources Director Stacey Norton in January. Tuesday’s vote came after a motion to approve the plan last month failed 3-3. (Dispatch)

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Bill would allow some Garrett, Allegany landowners to shoot bears

Legislation has been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly that would allow some property owners in Garrett and Allegany counties to shoot bears without obtaining a permit. On Monday, Sen. George Edwards introduced Senate Bill 959. He said via phone on Tuesday that a companion house bill is expected to be introduced soon. (Times-News)

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