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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Some Maryland measures are going into law without Gov. Larry Hogan's signature.

The governor's office released a list of bills Thursday evening that the Democrat-led legislature sent to the Republican governor that he is neither signing nor vetoing, so they will automatically go into law.

One of them is a measure to create automatic voter registration. It designates agencies to automatically register residents to vote, unless the applicant declines to register or is determined not to be eligible.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed measures to help stabilize health insurance rates in the Maryland Health Care Exchange's distressed individual market.

Hogan signed measures Thursday to create what's known as a reinsurance program. The exchange's board will need to apply for a federal waiver to create the program.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has vetoed a measure that would have shifted oversight for school construction away from the Board of Public Works.

It would have created a new commission that would have been made up of appointees from the Republican governor and the two Democratic Legislative leaders.

The Salisbury Daily Times report that Delegate Maggie McIntosh added amendment to a bill that would provide $400 million for annual public school construction.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A ban on devices that can increase a semi-automatic rifle's firing rate has cleared the Maryland General Assembly.

The bill was approved by the Senate Wednesday, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan who has said he will sign it.

The measure bans bump stocks. They can make a semi-automatic rifle's firing rate nearly fully automatic.

Bump stocks were used in the mass shooting in Las Vegas last year that killed 58 people and wounded more than 800.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has approved an incentive package of more than $5 billion to try to lure Amazon's second headquarters to Maryland.

The House of Delegates voted 79-59 Wednesday for the bill, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan who submitted the plan. A spokeswoman for the governor says he will sign the bill.

Supporters described it as a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attract a company that promises to create 50,000 jobs. Opponents derided it as corporate welfare for one of the world's richest companies.

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There's legislation moving through the Maryland State Legislature that would move responsibility for overseeing school construction funding from the Board of Public Work to a commission appointed by the governor and top legislative leaders. Governor Larry Hogan who is a member of the Board has threatened to veto the measure. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Comptroller Peter Franchot who also sits on the Board and is a sharp critic of the legislation.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A $5.6 billion incentive package to try to lure Amazon's second headquarters to Maryland has advanced in the House of Delegates.

The House gave the bill preliminary approval Tuesday. The House could vote on the bill already passed by the Senate it in the next couple of days and send it to Gov. Larry Hogan, who submitted the proposal to the General Assembly.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's General Assembly has approved legislation that will require state-run psychiatric hospitals to more quickly accept patients who are supposed to be transferred out of local jails.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the legislation passed the Assembly Monday night and now goes to Gov. Larry Hogan.

The bill gives state-run hospitals 10 business days to accept court-ordered transfers from jails to hospitals. Hospitals that miss the deadline could face penalties, including a requirement to reimburse the jail for the cost of keeping the patient.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has approved a measure to change how school-construction funding decisions are made.

The Senate voted 29-14 Thursday for the bill, which Gov. Larry Hogan has pledged to veto. The House passed the bill earlier this week 92-48.

The measure carried both chambers with enough votes to override a veto.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Democratic National Committee is giving the Maryland Democratic Party funds to help stimulate voter turnout this November.

News outlets reported Wednesday the $85,000 grant is meant to target voters who are young, black or in rural areas as part of the state party's efforts to unseat Gov. Larry Hogan and other Republicans in Maryland.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's General Assembly has passed a bill that would give a tax break to people who donate all or a portion of an organ to another person.

The bill would let liver, kidney, intestine, pancreas, lung or bone marrow donors subtracts up to $7,500 in income on state tax returns to offset donation expenses.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the bill is sponsored by Speaker Michael E. Busch, who had a liver transplant last year that is credited with saving his life. His sister, Laurie Bernhardt, donated a piece of her liver.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is making a renewed push for school safety as the General Assembly enters its last two weeks of session.

The Republican governor on Monday highlighted his proposal for $125 million for capital improvements. He also has called for another $50 million annually to pay for school resource officers and technology.

A panel of budget negotiators met Tuesday to talk about $41.6 million for school safety initiatives now in the budget bill.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Five clean-water activists have been arrested at the Maryland State House after protesting a planned pipeline that would carry natural gas under the Potomac River and C & O Canal.

They were arrested Wednesday after blocking an entrance to the Capitol.

The protesters urged Gov. Larry Hogan to stop the 3.5 mile project while he still can.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure with a variety of crime-fighting initiatives has been approved by the Maryland Senate.

The bill passed 36-8 Monday night. It combines other bills and elements of proposals made by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. It now goes to the House.

It comes after Baltimore had 342 murders in 2017, a year that set a record for homicides on a per-capita basis.

The measure increases sentences for repeat offenders. One provision increases the sentence for a second offense of possessing a gun while committing a crime from 20 to 40 years.

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BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - A Maryland state senator has died suddenly.

WTOP reported that Republican Sen. H. Wayne Norman Jr. passed away on Sunday. Details on his death were not immediately released.

Norman represented parts of Harford and Cecil counties. The 62-year-old Republican was elected to Maryland's Senate in 2014. He previously served in the House of Delegates.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said on Twitter that he's ordered flags to be flown at half staff in Norman's honor.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced plans to commit an additional $125 million to make schools safer from violence like shootings.

Hogan said Wednesday the money would be used to accelerate and enhance improvements such as secure doors and windows, metal detectors, security cameras and panic buttons.

The Republican governor also says he will commit an additional $50 million a year in new school safety grants to supplement and improve state and local school safety efforts.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah has named her running mate.

The former policy director for first lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday that Sharon Blake will accompany her on the ticket. Blake is former president of the Baltimore Teachers Union.

Vignarajah and Blake filed their candidacies at the state elections board on Tuesday, hours before the 9 p.m. filing deadline.

Vignarajah is running in a crowded Democratic primary to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

The primary is June 26.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Democrats in Maryland appear to be largely unified as the political party faces an uphill battle in ousting the state's Republican governor.

The Baltimore Sun reports that a lack of infighting among Democrats appears to be one of few bright spots for the party as a Nov. 6 gubernatorial election approaches.

The Sun says that Gov. Larry Hogan's robust approval ratings show little sign of crumpling. He hopes to become the first Republican governor re-elected in Maryland since 1954.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has made it official: he's running for re-election.

Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford filed their candidacies together at the state elections board on Thursday in Annapolis.

The Republican governor included a video of them entering the elections board offices on his Facebook page. He says he's going to continue to focus on working for the people of Maryland.

The filing deadline for candidates is Tuesday at 9 p.m.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has filed to run for a second term.

Frosh, a Democrat from Montgomery County, announced his re-election bid Thursday.

Frosh has occasionally clashed with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Last year, after Donald Trump's election, the Democrat-controlled Maryland legislature gave Frosh expanded authority to sue the federal government without the governor's permission.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland official says special conditions may be justified for a proposed natural gas pipeline, as opponents to the project are set to rally at the governor's residence.

Ben Grumbles, head of the Maryland Department of the Environment, sent a letter Thursday to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland women impregnated by rapists have new legal power to end the parental rights of their attacker, under a new law signed by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Hogan signed it Tuesday, putting the emergency legislation passed unanimously into effect immediately.

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2018 has been declared the “Year of Frederick Douglass” by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on the 200th anniversary of his birth.

The abolitionist, writer and orator was born in Talbot County and his birthday is celebrated nationally on February 14th.

In signing the proclamation that the governor was joined by descendants of Douglass along with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports there will also be a new driving tour in Maryland called, “Frederick Douglass: Following in His Footsteps”.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - More than 10 years after supporters began pushing for it, Maryland's legislature has decided - with unanimous votes in the Senate and House - to enable impregnated rape victims to ask judges to end the parental rights of their rapists.

Supporters say it has become embarrassing that a state known for its progressive politics is one of the last to adopt such a law. They also credit a growing sense of female empowerment for making the issue a priority.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan's administration is proposing a settlement of up to $100 million to end a lawsuit involving Maryland's historically black colleges.

The proposal announced Wednesday comes more than a decade after advocates for four historically black colleges sued the state, accusing it of operating a segregated university system.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a bill so Marylanders can keep taking state personal exemptions on their tax returns.

Senators voted 45-0 for the bill Tuesday. A separate bill is in the House.

The measure is part of state lawmakers' response to the federal tax overhaul approved in December.

Maryland state tax revenues are estimated to increase by about $730 million, if the federal law is determined to eliminate the state's personal tax exemption. Local government taxes would go up $490 million.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who says he remains in remission from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, has been diagnosed with a "non-serious skin cancer."

Hogan made the announcement at a news conference Thursday.

The Republican governor had some skin removed last month from his forehead. He says it turned out to be basal-cell and squamous-cell skin cancer, but not melanoma, which is a serious form of skin cancer. Hogan says the skin cancer he has is easy to take care of, and he has an appointment Saturday to remove it all. Hogan says he won't miss a day of work.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh says the state will challenge the constitutionality of the federal tax overhaul.

Frosh announced Thursday that Maryland, along with other states, will challenge the law's $10,000 federal cap on state and local property and income tax deductions. He says the state intends to join a New York-led lawsuit.

Frosh, a Democrat, says that by eliminating the deductions, the tax law will "jack up taxes for more than half a million Marylanders."

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Governor Larry Hogan delivered his final State of the State address in his first term calling for bipartisanship, but Democrats delivered sharp response. Delmarva Public Radios Don Rush has this look at the speech and reaction.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is giving his fourth and final State of the State speech of his first term.

Hogan, who hopes to become the first Republican governor to be re-elected in Maryland since 1954, has focused on economic concerns in previous speeches.

He also has taken the opportunity in past years to outline his legislative agenda to the 188 members of the Maryland General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats.