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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the state will close the Men’s Detention Center, a facility within the Baltimore city jail system whose infrastructure is crumbling and infested with vermin. In June, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Law Offices of Elizabeth Alexander, and the Public Justice Center filed a motion to reopen Duvall v. Hogan, a federal court case challenging unconstitutional conditions at the Men’s Detention Center and three other facilities that make up the city’s jail system.
Senator Barbara Mikulski, Vice-Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, announced the introduction of landmark legislation to appropriate more than $1.2 billion in emergency funding to address critical challenges facing our nation’s inner-city neighborhoods
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has filed the Honest Dynamic Scoring Resolution, legislation that would make sure that the economic benefits of smart public investments in areas such as infrastructure, research and development and education are accurately reflected in budget projections. The bipartisan legislation was introduced with lead Republican Congressman Richard Hanna (NY-22) and Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52)
Tuesday, it was reported that the House will likely consider a three-month extension to the Highway Trust Fund on Wednesday, a short-term patch following two weeks of heated debate in the Senate. Absent Congressional action, the Highway Trust Fund, the nation’s primary source of federal transportation funding, will lose authority on July 31 endangering projects nationwide. Congress has implemented short-term patches to the Highway Trust Fund 34 times since 2005
A Howard County construction project to loop two public water systems along Grace Drive in Columbia is scheduled to begin on or about Monday, August 3. The project will include the installation of approximately 914 linear feet of 8-inch diameter PVC water main to provide redundancy to the Howard County water distribution system. The majority of the work will take place along the shoulder of Grace Drive between Cedar Lane and Quiet Night Ride. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed by late April 2016.
A Howard County project to install four, 30,000-gallon underground water storage tanks throughout the county will take place beginning on or about Wednesday, August 5. A tank will be installed at each of the following locations: 14367 Dorsey Mill Road in Glenwood; 13210 Westmeath Lane in Clarksville; and 14839 Michele Drive and 15032 Double Bridges Lane in Glenelg. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed by late October
On Tuesday, Sept. 1 the Charles County Board of Commissioners will hold a work session on two proposed Planned Development Zone Amendments (PDZAs). During the work session, the Commissioners will review the following proposed amendments: PDZA #14-90 (18), Amendment to the Villages of Wooded Glen and Piney Reach Master Plan; and PDZA #14-90 (19), Amendment to the Fairway Village Master Plan.
July 26 marks the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush in 1990 after receiving bipartisan support in Congress. Modeled after the Civil Rights Act, the ADA prohibits discrimination based on disability in areas of public life, including employment, transportation, housing, and education
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) is an original cosponsor of the Equality Act, legislation to end discrimination against LGBT Americans. The Equality Act, authored by Rep. David N. Cicilline (RI-1) was filed Thursday. The Equality Act provides explicit and consistent national protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in the following areas of law: credit, education, employment, federal funding, housing, jury service and public accommodations
Tonney Insley, Advisor at Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate is pleased to announce that Concord Pet Foods & Supplies will fill the space in the old Fran’s Appliance Store on Rt. 13 South in Salisbury, MD. The space is 7,000 SF and Concord signed a 3-year lease followed by a 5-year option. This is the 2nd Concord Pet Foods location in Maryland and the first on the Eastern Shore. Insley represented the tenant and SVN-Miller Advisor Bill Moore was the listing agent.
Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman has selected Jim Caldwell as administrator of the Office of Community Sustainability, which had been expanded at the start of his administration to include agriculture, infrastructure and economic sustainability, in addition to the environment. Caldwell has served as acting administrator of the office since December
Today Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, spoke on the House Floor in support of his legislation to provide long-term transportation funding, paid-for in part by cracking down on corporate tax inversions. Below is a transcript of his remarks
U.S. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) today joined Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and senior Obama Administration officials to announce a new solar energy and job creation initiative in Baltimore. The initiative will provide Baltimore residents with access to affordable solar energy and job training to begin careers in solar energy
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) led a letter from the New Democrat Coalition to Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi calling for a permanent solution to funding the Highway Trust Fund (HTF).  The letter states, “there is bipartisan agreement that Congress should replenish the Highway Trust Fund with revenues raised through international tax reform that includes ‘deemed repatriation’ of U.S. dollars stranded overseas – this will also make U.S.-based companies more competitive.
The combined efforts of the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection (OCP), the Better Business Bureau serving Greater Maryland (BBB) and U.S. Postal Inspection Service-Washington Division have successfully stopped a company from continuing to mail deceptive letters soliciting Maryland homeowners to pay a fee to petition a review of their property taxes.
AG Gansler Announces Settlement With Property Manager

Pikesville company agrees to return tenants’ security deposits

Baltimore, MD – September 26, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that his Consumer Protection Division has reached a settlement with Pikesville-based American Equity Property Management (“AEPM”) and the company’s owners, Boris Peters and Michael Klein, resolving allegations that the property management company improperly held tenants’ security deposits in its operating account instead of a separate trust account. Find a loan officer Embracehomeloans.com more »

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