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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is giving state employees a longer holiday for the Fourth of July.

Hogan announced Monday that state employees will have a holiday on July 5, which falls on a Friday, in addition to Thursday, July 4.

Hogan says he's granting state employees an additional day to gather with their families and enjoy celebrations taking place throughout the state. The governor says he hopes the long holiday will encourage Marylanders to spend more time together and celebrate.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is taking steps to strengthen cybersecurity in Maryland in the wake of a cyberattack that hit the city of Baltimore's computer network.

Hogan signed an executive order on Tuesday to create a new position called the Maryland Chief Information Security Officer. The Republican governor also said he is forming the Office of Security Management and the Maryland Cybersecurity Coordinating Council.

The three will work to improve the state's ability to address a cybersecurity incident.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to reconsider delaying the redesign of the $20 bill to feature abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman.

The Republican governor made the request in a letter Tuesday.

Tubman was born on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She escaped from slavery to become a leading abolitionist and helped other slaves escape through the Underground Railroad.

The Tubman redesign was initially scheduled to be released next year. Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president, is now on the $20 bill.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland's Larry Hogan, the popular Republican governor in a liberal-leaning state, says he won't challenge President Donald Trump for the GOP nomination in 2020.

Hogan, who was elected to his second term last fall, says in a Washington Post interview that "I'm not going to be a candidate for president in 2020."

Hogan had been seen as potentially the best hope of a small group of so-called Never Trump Republicans who wanted to run a prominent Republican against Trump.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is firing off a letter to the Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf expressing concern over his state’s plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

The follows a report by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation that sharply criticized the Keystone state’s contribution to pollution of the bay.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it called Pennsylvania “far off track” from the region’s clean water goals.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The acting chief executive of the University of Maryland Medical System is pledging "significant changes" to senior staff after a scandal involving financial arrangements.

The Baltimore Sun reports system CEO John W. Ashworth III met with Gov. Larry Hogan and House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones on Thursday. Ashworth III said the hospital network needs to undergo a "cultural shift" away from an environment in which board members won contracts for their private companies.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says he's agreeing to spend $255 million for extra education funding to begin implementing a plan to improve education in Maryland. But he's expressing concerns about the blueprint approved by lawmakers this year.

Hogan announced Wednesday he will let the measure go into law without his signature.

The governor says the plan will lead to massive increases in spending over the next decade without enough fiscal safeguards and accountability.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a measure to require patients to provide explicit consent before health care practitioners and medical students can conduct a pelvic, prostate or rectal exam while the patient is under anesthesia.

The measure, which was approved unanimously by the General Assembly, was signed Monday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland measure that's the first of its kind could help people without health insurance find out if they qualify for free or low-cost insurance after they file their taxes.

Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to sign the bill Monday.

It will create a box for people to check on state income tax returns. If selected, the state's health care exchange will see if the person qualifies for low-cost insurance, based on information in their tax return.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young has formally taken the oath of office at a ceremony in which he promised to address some of the city's chronic problems.

The Thursday swearing-in comes a week after his predecessor resigned amid corruption investigations.

The Democrat and longtime City Council member inherits a city with failing schools, a thriving illegal drug market and one of the nation's highest rates of violent crime.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is praising federal approval for thousands of additional visas for foreign workers this summer to support the state's crab industry.

Hogan made the announcement Wednesday after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security finalized allowing the additional visas through the H-2B Nonimmigrant Temporary Worker Program.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed Shaneka Henson to a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates that was held by former House Speaker Michael Busch, who died last month.

Hogan announced the appointment Monday.

The Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee chose Henson for the seat last month in an 11-1 vote. That sent her nomination to the governor to make the appointment official.

The former Annapolis alderwoman will be one of two delegates who represent District 30A in Anne Arundel County, a district that includes the state capital.

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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has resigned amid an intensifying scandal and multiple investigations into the lucrative sales of her self-published children's books.

Steven Silverman is Pugh's attorney. He announced Pugh's resignation at a news conference Thursday afternoon. He said it will take effect immediately.

Reading from a written statement from Pugh, Silverman quoted her as saying, "Baltimore deserves a mayor who can move our great city forward."

The decision comes exactly one week after FBI and IRS agents raided the mayor's home and City Hall offices.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is signing a measure to implement reforms requiring more transparency at the University of Maryland Board of Regents after its handling of a University of Maryland football player's death last year.

Hogan signed the bill into law yesterday.

The new law will require the board to livestream its open meetings online. It also adds four members to the 17-member board. It also will require vote tallies from meetings in publicly available meeting minutes.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A growing tide of Maryland officials are calling for Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to step down after federal agents raided her government offices and city homes.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says the first-term mayor is "clearly not fit to lead." Numerous Democrats repeated calls for her immediate resignation.

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Governor Larry Hogan may have inched closer to a run for the presidency.

During an appearance in New Hampshire…the Maryland Republican said that there were a growing number of people urging him to run.

He said he would give it serious consideration adding that he felt an obligation to do so.

WBOC reports that Wicomico County Republican Delegate Carl Anderton said he thought Hogan would fare well.

Anderton said he believed Hogan could pull a divided Republican party back together.

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Governor Larry Hogan is making a trip to the state with the first primary of the presidential season.

He’s making an appearance today at a “Politics and Eggs” event in New Hampshire.

So far, the Maryland Republican has ruled out a challenge to President Donald Trump.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that Neil Levesque, executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, which hosts the event said that Hogan coming to the Granite State is of great interest for those who follow politics.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland will soon hold a special legislative session to elect the next House speaker.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday signed an executive order calling for the General Assembly to convene May 1 for the special session. A vote is necessary to replace House Speaker Michael Busch, who died earlier this month at age 72.

Busch had served as speaker since 2003, making him the longest-serving House of Delegates speaker in the state's history.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's House Speaker Michael Busch was laid to rest yesterday in Maryland's capital with hundreds of mourners paying tribute to his life and legacy.

The longest-serving House of Delegates speaker in the state's history, Busch died earlier this month at age 72 after being hospitalized with a case of pneumonia.

At a Catholic church with an overflow crowd bagpipes played "Amazing Grace".

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said he was able to speak to the ailing Busch a few days before he died.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - With pomp and sorrow, House Speaker Michael Busch will be laid to rest in Maryland's capital.

A skilled bureaucratic and political player, Busch died earlier this month at age 72. He was the longest-serving House speaker in the state's history.

A Tuesday motorcade will be led by state troopers from the rotunda of the Maryland State House. Busch's casket will be transported to a Catholic church in Annapolis where mourners including Republican Gov. Larry Hogan will pay their final respects. 

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The General Assembly has adjourned with a tribute to House Speaker Michael Busch.

Senators and delegates stopped working at about 11:30 p.m. Monday to gather in the House of Delegates to remember the longest-serving speaker in the state's history who died Sunday.

Gov. Larry Hogan says Busch was a mentor, a coach and a friend to many. He says he truly became "an institution within the institution of state government."

Del. Kumar Barve says Busch kept a simple focus on what was "good and decent for individual people, for communities or for situations."

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(AP) The Maryland General Assembly has passed a measure to increase Maryland's use of renewable energy.

The Senate voted 31-15 to agree to changes made by the House to send the bill to Gov. Larry Hogan.

The measure would increase the state's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard from 25% by 2020 to 50% by 2030.

The House put a provision in the bill to allow waste-to-energy incineration plants to be in the "top tier" of renewable energy, making them eligible for the same kind of subsidies as wind and solar.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a bill that would establish five permanent oyster sanctuaries under state law.

The Republican governor announced the veto Thursday night. He says the measure is bad for the state's watermen. He also says he's been working on a compromise, and that the bill disrupts a fair process.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The governors of four states and the mayor of the District of Columbia are asking Congressional leaders to boost funding for Chesapeake Bay cleanup.

The governors of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware and the mayor of Washington, D.C., called on House and Senate committee leaders in a letter released Wednesday to oppose proposed cuts to the federal Chesapeake Bay Program. Instead, they want an increase in funding from $73 million to $90 million.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has approved a bill to raise the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

The House of Delegates voted 101-35 on Wednesday to send the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan. The Maryland House agreed to a change made by the Senate to allow an exception for active-duty members of the military. Under the bill, people who are 18 and can show military identification would still be able to buy tobacco in Maryland.

The measure includes electronic smoking devices.

If the governor signs the bill, the law would take effect Oct. 1.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has approved an education funding measure to begin a major investment in schools with bipartisan support.

The Senate voted 43-1 Wednesday for a measure to begin funding a blueprint of recommendations submitted by a state commission.

Lawmakers already have included $255 million in the state budget for the next fiscal year to begin implementing the recommendations.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland would become the first state to stop participating in a federal family planning program known as Title X due to a proposed Trump administration rule, under a bill approved by the Maryland General Assembly.

The state Senate gave the bill final approval on a 28-16 vote Wednesday. That sends the bill to Gov. Larry Hogan.

The Trump administration rule would prohibit family planning clinics funded by the program from making abortion referrals. Critics denounce that as a "gag rule."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Johns Hopkins University will be allowed to create its own armed police force, under a measure that has received final approval by the Maryland General Assembly.

The Maryland Senate voted 42-2 to pass the bill Monday night. That sends the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan. A spokesman for Hogan says he will likely sign the bill.

The measure has sparked debate between those who want to increase campus safety as Baltimore struggles with violent crime and those who fear police profiling.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has become the sixth state in the nation to approve a gradual minimum wage increase to $15 an hour.

The Maryland General Assembly overrode Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of the measure Thursday.

The measure will raise the state's minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 an hour by 2025. The first increase will be to $11 next year. Businesses with fewer than 14 employees will have until July of 2026 to reach $15.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to vote on whether to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill that lets local school boards decide whether school begins before or after Labor Day.

The House is set to vote Friday. The Senate overrode the Republican governor's veto on Thursday 32-15.

The measure passed the House 95-45 earlier this month. The House needs 85 votes to override the veto.

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