Governor Hogan Announces Vaccine Distribution Plan (PHASE 1A):
"Maryland health officials announced that the state’s initial vaccine allocations will go to critical health care workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, as well as first responders. The state has signed up all of the state’s 227 nursing homes and 1,668 assisted living facilities for the federal distribution partnership through CVS and Walgreens...."
"The State of Maryland will receive 155,000 initial first doses of two-dose COVID-19 vaccines. Distribution could begin the week of December 14 for the Pfizer vaccine, and the week of December 21 for the Moderna vaccine."
- The Governor's full vaccination plan is online HERE.
"The Maryland Department of Transportation will pay an additional $250 million to salvage a 36-year partnership with the companies managing construction of the delayed Purple Line..."
"The deal revives one of Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature transportation projects and a public-private partnership that imploded in September following three years of cost disputes. The Purple Line is one of the first U.S. transit projects to rely on private financing...."
New Jersey’s Vote For Weed Could Kickstart Legalization... (POLITICO):
"New Jersey’s embrace of legal weed is likely to trigger a movement to allow adults to buy marijuana up and down the East Coast. New Jersey is on track to become one of 15 states with an adult-use marijuana market after voters on Tuesday approved legalizing marijuana, setting itself up as a destination for more than 20 million people in neighboring states who live within an hour of its borders...."
"'New Jersey is going to be as close to us as I've seen in terms of an actual [marijuana] market emerge,' said Democratic Maryland Del. David Moon, who has pushed legalization bills in the past. 'Now that we also have a pandemic budget scenario, I just think we're not going to have an option,' Moon said, citing billions of dollars needed for education."
"Moon also is concerned about Virginia 'beginning to nip at our heels,' he said. Virginia Democrats included legalization language in some of their criminal justice reform bills following the civil unrest sparked by the police killing of George Floyd over the summer...."
"An update to Maryland’s hate crimes law, named for slain Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III, is one of several anti-discrimination measures going into effect Oct. 1. Other notable bills address crime, the environment and healthcare...."
"In another inclusive legislative move, Delegate David Moon, D-Montgomery, sponsored a repeal of Maryland’s sodomy law. The ACLU reports several states dating back to Illinois in 1961 have already repealed these laws, which were historically used in a discriminatory manner against the LGBTQ community...."