ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Determined to pass meaningful legislation in the wake of the Parkland and Great Mills high school shootings, Maryland lawmakers are considering a measure to put an armed school resource officer in every public school. The bill comes as part of a four-bill package being rushed through the General Assembly as session nears end.Advocates label this the “deterrence” stage of the package, which also includes prevention, anticipation and protection stages. Pushed by lead-sponsor Sen. Steve Waugh, R-Calvert and St. Mary’s, proponents see this as the stopgap step while other proposals are considered and potentially implemented.“(This bill is) the one that’s going to have the most immediate effect to reduce risks – today,” Waugh told Capital News Service.There are just over 1,400 public schools in the state. Of those, the Maryland Center for School Safety estimates that between 360 and 400 already have a School Resource Officer, … [Read more...] about Maryland bill would put an armed officer in every public school
Gov. Larry Hogan will keep his official Facebook page open to critical viewpoints under a settlement reached with the ACLU of Maryland and several individuals who claimed in a federal lawsuit that they were banned or blocked for expressing opinions contrary to those of the Republican governor.The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland said Monday the settlement was a “victory for the free speech rights of constituents.” The agreement includes a $65,000 payment by the state to the plaintiffs and requires Hogan to rewrite his social media policies.But a spokeswoman for Hogan contested the advocacy group’s characterization of the agreement.“We are pleased that the ACLU has decided to drop this frivolous and politically motivated lawsuit and reach a settlement with the state,” said a Hogan spokeswoman, Shareese DeLeaver Churchill. “Ultimately, it was much better for Maryland taxpayers to resolve this than to continue wasting everyone’s time and … [Read more...] about Maryland, ACLU settle lawsuit over deleted comments on Gov. Hogan’s Facebook page
Maine Gov. Paul LePage says a federal judge who allowed a lawsuit Maryland has brought against President Donald Trump to proceed is an “imbecile.”The Republican governor hurled the insult after learning Judge Peter J. Messitte allowed the lawsuit accusing Trump of receiving unconstitutional gain through the presidency to move forward.Maryland and the District of Columbia are suing the Republican president. The case was limited to the president's involvement with the Trump International Hotel in Washington.The judge cited LePage’s stay at a Trump hotel as an example of how officials may feel obligated to stay there. LePage’s office adamantly rejected any suggestion of a quid pro quo.LePage told WGME-TV he hopes his insult reaches the judge. The judge declined to comment [email protected]/BComp272 … [Read more...] about Judge who allowed Maryland lawsuit against Trump to proceed is called an ‘imbecile’ by Maine governor
When Nathaniel Oaks resigned from the Maryland Senate and pleaded guilty to a felony Thursday, a U.S. District Court judge told the Baltimore Democrat that his four-decade-long political career was over.But by Friday, it was clear that lawmakers and voters had not seen the last of him.When Baltimore legislators gathered in Annapolis for their weekly meeting Friday morning, the 71-year-old Oaks shocked his former colleagues by sauntering in to check if he needed to testify on one of his bills.And by afternoon, state officials confirmed that under Maryland election rules, Oaks’ name will remain on the ballot for the June 26 Democratic primary election as a candidate for Senate and the Democratic Party’s central committee for his district.That could lead to an awkward scenario: If Oaks were to win either race, he likely would become ineligible to serve three weeks later when he’s sentenced in July.Under Maryland law, a person who is in prison for a felony is not eligible … [Read more...] about Despite guilty plea, Nathaniel Oaks returns to Maryland General Assembly. And his name remains on the ballot.
President Donald Trump’s administration said this week he would send National Guard troops to patrol the southern border for people trying to sneak into the United States. It's a mission the Maryland National Guard has carried out twice in recent years.Trump came into office promising to build a wall along the border. But finding it difficult to get that plan underway, the president said he would send military forces to bolster civilian security patrols. It ultimately emerged that the government’s plan is to use the National Guard for the job.The plans, including how many troops might be involved, have yet to be disclosed publicly.Col. Charles Kohler, a spokesman for the Maryland National Guard, said he had received no guidance on the plans or any request for assistance.“We’re always prepared and ready to respond if needed,” Kohler said.Then-presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama both used National Guard troops to augment federal border patrols and … [Read more...] about Trump to send National Guard troops to patrol border. It’s a mission Maryland Guardsmen know well