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The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments on Wednesday in a case focused on Maryland’s Online Electioneering and Transparency Act. Maryland legislators passed the act in order to prevent foreign interference in local elections. However, […]

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Congressman Elijah Cummings

Gov. Larry Hogan will soon issue a proclamation stating a special primary and a special general election will be held to fill the vacant 7th Congressional District seat. The seat became vacant after Rep. Elijah Cummings passed away early Thursday […]

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In 2018, the Baltimore City Council enacted the Transparency in Lobbying Act requiring lobbyists to file reports twice a year and affirmatively identify their clients when approaching city government officials. The effective date of the act was contingent on a […]

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Maryland Capitol Building - Jimmy Emerson

Del. Tawanna Gaines resigned from her District 22 seat in advance of federal wire fraud charges. Prosecutors allege from January 2015 through April 2018, Del. Gaines defrauded her campaign and its contributors by taking more than $22,000 from her campaign […]

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Maryland Del. Eric Bromwell resigned from his District 8 seat to serve as Baltimore County’s first opioid strategy coordinator. Additionally, Del. Stephen Lafferty resigned from his District 42A seat to serve as Baltimore County’s chief sustainability officer. Gov. Larry Hogan […]

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Annapolis City Hall via Preserve Maryland

Mayor Gavin Buckley introduced a bill at a recent city council meeting outlining how the city should purchase items and services. A draft of the legislation proposes a procurement process that would create an efficient, cost-effective, and equitable system of […]

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The Maryland Department of General Services launched the state’s new electronic procurement system, eMaryland Marketplace Advantage (eMMA). The eMMA system is Maryland’s new online platform used to connect the vendor community with contracting opportunities from state, county, and local government […]

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The State Ethics Commission will launch a new lobbying filing system, replacing the current system that has been in use for over 10 years. The current system uses outdated software and there is a limited number of programmers who can […]

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan

Gov. Larry Hogan allowed two election law bills to become law without his signature. House Bill 878 alters fees due for failure to file campaign finance reports or affidavits. The bill raises the fees from $10 each day a report […]

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Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill authorizing Anne Arundel County to change local ethics rules covering county elections to limit developer money and reduce influence on campaigns. The bill also prohibits a member of the Anne Arundel County Council from […]

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Annapolis City Hall via Preserve Maryland

On May 5, Mayor Gavin Buckley issued a proclamation declaring the Ward 6 council seat vacant after the resignation of former Alderwoman Shaneka Henson. Henson was selected to complete the term of the late Michael Busch in the Maryland House […]

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Del. Adrienne Jones (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

The Maryland House of Delegates elected Del. Adrienne Jones as the new House speaker on May 1. Last month, Gov. Larry Hogan called the special session to elect a successor to the late Michael E. Busch, who passed away on […]

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan

Gov. Larry Hogan signed House Bill 679 on April 30. The bill prohibits a state official from unlawfully harassing or discriminating against a regulated lobbyist based on any characteristic protected by law. Additionally, House Bill 679 prohibits a regulated lobbyist […]

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Gov. Larry Hogan signed Senate Bill 79 on April 18. The bill requires lobbyists to file registrations and certain reports electronically with the State Ethics Commission. The State Ethics Commission is also required to develop procedures regarding these electronic filings […]

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