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Maryland Governor: $30 Million Relief for Entertainment Venues
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Maryland Governor: $30 Million Relief for Entertainment Venues

Governor Hogan Announces $30 Million in Emergency Relief for Music and Entertainment Venues Awards Will Directly Help Preserve More Than 800 Jobs State Has Provided More Than $700 Million in Emergency Economic Relief Governor’s RELIEF Act Provides Stimulus and Tax Relief for Small Businesses ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today announced $30 million in awards for more than 90 live music and performance venues, live entertainment promoters, and independently-owned local movie theaters whose operations have been impacted by COVID-19. This is part of the more than $700 million in emergency economic relief provided by the State of Maryland. “These awards will save hundreds of jobs and help many of Maryland’s entertainment venues sustain their operations until they can saf...
Maryland To Receive $402 Million As Federal Rental Assistance
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Maryland To Receive $402 Million As Federal Rental Assistance

Governor Hogan Announces Maryland To Receive $402 Million Through Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program Funding Will Expand Existing Rental Programs For Those Impacted by COVID-19 Can Be Used For Rent, Utilities, Home Energy Costs, and Other Housing Expenses ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the State of Maryland is eligible for an estimated $402,439,000 in federal rental assistance made available through the Consolidated Appropriations Act.  The state officially filed its application to the U.S. Treasury Department on January 8, ahead of the January 12 deadline.  The majority of the funding will be administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, with local jurisdictions managing the remainder. “COVID-19 has caused i...
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims Korean American Day
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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims Korean American Day

Governor Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan Recognize Immense Contributions of Korean Americans to Maryland ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today proclaimed January 13 as Korean American Day. Joined by First Lady Yumi Hogan, the first Korean American First Lady in any state, Governor Hogan commemorated 118 years since the first Korean immigrants came to the United States in 1903. “This year, the First Lady and I are particularly grateful that this friendship [with the Republic of Korea] enabled us to secure much-needed COVID-19 test kits at a time when they were scarce,” said Governor Hogan.  “And since the very beginning of the pandemic, Korean Americans have selflessly served their fellow Marylanders by volunteering their time and resources.” More than 50,000 Korean Ame...
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Announces Appointments
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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Announces Appointments

ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News)—On the first day of the 442nd Legislative Session, Governor Larry Hogan announced the following appointments to Maryland’s legislative, judicial, and executive branches: Delegate Michael A. Jackson to the Maryland Senate, representing Legislative District 27 Colonel Reid J. Novotny to the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Legislative District 9A Dennis Schrader as nominee for Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health Michael O. Twigg to the Allegany County Circuit Court Judge Stacy Adele Mayer to the Baltimore County Circuit Court Heather Lynne Price to the Caroline County District Court Judge Bryon Bereano to the Prince George’s County District Court In total, Governor Hogan is submitting 274 appointments to the House and Sen...
Maryland: 2 Cases of B-117 Strain of SARS-CoV-2 Identified
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Maryland: 2 Cases of B-117 Strain of SARS-CoV-2 Identified

ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in Maryland residents caused by the new SARS-CoV-2 variant strain commonly known as B-117. The B-117 strain first emerged in the United Kingdom in late 2020.  The strain has not been shown to cause more severe illness or increased risk of death when compared to other strains.  However, the strain has been shown to be more transmissible than other strains.  Additionally, there is no evidence suggesting that the currently available COVID-19 vaccines are less effective on the B-117 strain. “Our state health officials are closely monitoring the emergence of the B-117 strain of SARS-CoV-2 in the state,” said Governor Hogan.  “We encourage Marylande...
Maryland Governor Hogan Announces Citizens Redistricting Commission
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Maryland Governor Hogan Announces Citizens Redistricting Commission

Commission Will Lead Open and Transparent Process to Produce Fair Maps For State Legislative and Congressional Districts First Commission of its Kind in State History ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today issued an executive order establishing—for the first time in state history—an independent Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission, which will be charged with drawing fair legislative and congressional maps for the 2022 elections.  Throughout his time in office, the governor has led the charge for gerrymandering reform in Maryland and nationwide. “This commission is the first of its kind in the long history of our state,” said Governor Hogan.  “Unlike the partisan, backdoor manner in which our state’s political power brokers have conducted the state’s redistricting pr...
Maryland Governor Hogan Announces $1 Billion Relief Package
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Maryland Governor Hogan Announces $1 Billion Relief Package

RELIEF Act of 2021 Provides Direct Stimulus Payments for 400,000 Marylanders, Sales Tax Credits for 55,000 Small Businesses Repeals State and Local Income Taxes on Unemployment Benefits RELIEF Act Will Be Introduced as Emergency Legislation, Brings Total State Relief to $1.7 Billion ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today introduced the RELIEF Act of 2021, an emergency legislative package that will provide more than $1 billion in direct stimulus and tax relief for Maryland working families, small businesses, and those who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This legislation builds on the more than $700 million in emergency economic relief that the governor has already announced. “With the start of a new 2021 legislative session on Wednesday, we are...
Maryland Governor Announces Staff Appointments
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Maryland Governor Announces Staff Appointments

Chris Shank to Return to Administration as Director of External Affairs and Interagency Initiatives Shareese Churchill Promoted to Deputy Director for Interagency Communications ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today announced that he has named Chris Shank as director of external affairs and interagency initiatives.  In addition, the governor announced that he has promoted press secretary Shareese Churchill to deputy director of interagency communications. Chris Shank, returning to the administration from the private sector, represented Washington County in the Maryland General Assembly from 1998-2014.  In 2015, Shank first joined the Hogan administration as the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.  In 2016, he became a deputy chief of ...
Maryland Governor Announces Judicial Appointment
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Maryland Governor Announces Judicial Appointment

Fills Vacancy on District Court for Anne Arundel County ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Kemp Walden Hammond to the District Court for Anne Arundel County.  The governor made the appointment after interviewing nominees sent by the county’s judicial nominating commission. “The appointment of qualified individuals to serve across our state’s justice system is paramount to upholding our responsibilities to the people of Maryland and the rule of law,” said Governor Hogan.  “Mr. Hammond will be a strong advocate for the law and will serve the citizens of Anne Arundel County and the State of Maryland admirably.” Kemp Hammond has served as an assistant county attorney for the Anne Arundel County Office of Law since 2015.  Prior to joining the Coun...
Maryland: Relief Programs for Restaurants, Artists & Entertainment Venues
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Maryland: Relief Programs for Restaurants, Artists & Entertainment Venues

COVID-19 Relief Programs Now Available for Maryland Restaurants, Artists, and Entertainment Venues Governor Urges Local Jurisdictions to Match State’s Investments to Help Families and Small Businesses ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) As part of Governor Larry Hogan’s $250 million economic recovery package for Marylanders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, new financial assistance programs are now available to restaurants, independent artists, arts organizations, entertainment venues, and Main Street businesses across the state. “This economic recovery initiative will be critical to the struggling restaurants, small businesses, and Main Streets across the state that are attempting to weather this crisis,” said Governor Hogan.  “I have directed our team to ensure that this much-needed funding gets ...
Maryland: Novavax’s Expansion in Montgomery County with 400 New Jobs
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Maryland: Novavax’s Expansion in Montgomery County with 400 New Jobs

Novavax Plans Major Expansion in Montgomery County, Commits to At Least 400 New Jobs Growing vaccine developer is expanding into new R&D, manufacturing facility in Gaithersburg ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Novavax, a clinical stage vaccine company that is currently developing a COVID-19 vaccine, has announced plans to expand into a new R&D, manufacturing, and office facility, and has purchased additional land in Montgomery County.  The company, which has its headquarters in Gaithersburg, is planning to take 122,000-square-feet of space at 700 Quince Orchard Road, also in Gaithersburg, to accommodate its growing pipeline of vaccine candidates.  As part of the expansion, Novavax, which currently has more than 450 employees worldwide, has committed to add at least 400 new local jobs by De...
Maryland Governor Hogan Renews COVID-19 State of Emergency
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Maryland Governor Hogan Renews COVID-19 State of Emergency

Joins White House Coronavirus Task Force Teleconference on Response Efforts and Vaccine Planning ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today continued to call for vigilance in the fight against COVID-19 as he issued an order renewing the current state of emergency in Maryland. Read the renewal order. “While Maryland’s positivity and case rates remain lower than most states in America, we are closely monitoring increases in some of our key health metrics as well as rising numbers in states across the country,” said Governor Hogan.  “This crisis is far from over, and this virus does not recognize state borders.  I want to remind Marylanders that the only way to keep our state open for business is to avoid traveling to hotspots and continue following the public health guidelines. We ...
Maryland, NC & VA Announce Agreement to Spur Offshore Wind projects
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Maryland, NC & VA Announce Agreement to Spur Offshore Wind projects

Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia Announce Agreement to Spur Offshore Wind Development Alliance Will Streamline Development of Offshore Wind Resources in Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Region ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) The governors of Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia today announced a three-state collaboration to advance offshore wind projects in the region and promote the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic United States as a hub for offshore wind energy and industry. The creation of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Transformative Partnership for Offshore Wind Energy Resources (SMART-POWER) provides a framework for the three states to cooperatively promote, develop, and expand offshore wind energy and the accompanying industry supply chain and workforce.  Specifically, the three stat...
Maryland Governor Hogan Celebrates Grand Opening of ABC New Construction Education Academy
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Maryland Governor Hogan Celebrates Grand Opening of ABC New Construction Education Academy

Governor Hogan Celebrates Grand Opening of ABC Greater Baltimore’s New Construction Education Academy Announces Milestone of 11,000 Registered Apprentices Statewide, Highest Participation in Maryland History Historic Site in East Baltimore Revitalized by Project C.O.R.E ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today attended the grand opening ceremony of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Greater Baltimore’s new Construction Education Academy located at a Project C.O.R.E site in East Baltimore.  This new state-of-the-art training facility will house the largest concentration of building trade apprenticeship programs in the State of Maryland, enabling ABC Greater Baltimore to train up to 5,000 skilled workers each year, doubling their current capacity. “Since its founding in...
Maryland Governor Hogan & Local Officials Partner on Election Security
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Maryland Governor Hogan & Local Officials Partner on Election Security

Federal, State, and Local Officials Partner on Maryland Election Security Residents and Local Officials Urged to Remain Vigilant and Report to Law Enforcement Any Efforts to Impede Access to the Polls or Misinform Voters ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today joined U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur, FBI Baltimore Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone, Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Woodrow W. Jones III, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations’ Baltimore field office John Eisert, and Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Washington Division Peter R. Rendina to update Marylanders on the security of the 2020 election and to encourage residents and county officials to report any efforts to intimidate or misinform voters. Federal, st...
Maryland Governor Hogan Announces Maryland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan
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Maryland Governor Hogan Announces Maryland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

Governor Hogan Announces Maryland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan Draft Plan Submitted to CDC Emphasizes Safety, Prioritizes Frontline First Responders, Healthcare Workers, and Nursing Homes ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today announced the release of the State of Maryland’s initial draft COVID-19 mass vaccination plan, which was submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week. Read the draft plan. “In anticipation of a COVID-19 vaccine, Maryland stands ready to order, distribute, and administer it effectively and rapidly as soon as a vaccine becomes available,” said Governor Hogan.  “The State of Maryland’s plan for this historic undertaking will immediately make the vaccine available to Marylanders at highest risk of developing complications from ...
Maryland Governor Hogan Announces Position on Statewide Ballot Initiatives
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Maryland Governor Hogan Announces Position on Statewide Ballot Initiatives

ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today announced his position on statewide ballot initiatives. No on Question 1. Governor Hogan opposes Question 1, which would amend the state’s Constitution and overturn long standing budget norms in the state to give legislators more power to tax and spend: “After the legislature nearly spent our state to the verge of bankruptcy, our very first budget eliminated nearly all of the $5.1 billion structural deficit we inherited, and we have balanced the budget year after year without raising taxes.  Our common sense approach is working for everyone except career politicians in Annapolis, so now they want to amend our Constitution, change the rules, and rig the system for more spending and higher taxes.  Question 1 is a blatant cash and power gr...
Maryland Governor Hogan Announces Farmer COVID-19 Relief Program
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Maryland Governor Hogan Announces Farmer COVID-19 Relief Program

New Initiative Makes $10 Million Available for Thousands of Eligible Farmers and Producers ANNAPOLIS, MD (STL.News) Governor Larry Hogan today announced a new $10 million initiative to provide critical support to thousands of Maryland farmers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Maryland Farmer COVID-19 Relief Program will offer direct assistance to contract poultry growers and a bonus payment to any farm operation that received funding through the first round of the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Watch today’s announcement. Governor Hogan was joined by Delaware Governor John Carney for today’s announcement following a roundtable discussion with farmers and agriculture officials in Hurlock. “I am pleased to announce that we are immediately launching a new $10 mill...