Monday, May 25, 2015
Open Thread - May 25, 2015


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Indian Head JLUS Policy Committee and Technical Advisory Group - Meeting Minutes

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News from the Charles County Commissioners and Charles County Government

May 22, 2015

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Maryland Association of Counties - This Week on Conduit Street

This Week on Conduit Street - May 22, 2015

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Governor Larry Hogan Vetoes Six Bills

May 22, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today took action on six bills from the 2015 legislative session. In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, Governor Hogan today announced that he has vetoed the following bills:

  SB 190: Sales and Use Tax – Taxable Price – Accommodations
  SB 340/HB 980: Election Law – Voting Rights – Ex-Felons
  SB 517: Criminal Law – Use and Possession of Marijuana and Drug   Paraphernalia
  SB 528: Criminal Procedure – Seizure and Forfeiture
  HB 209: Howard County – Room Rental Tax – Room Rental Fee Ho. Co. 12-15

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Towing: a federal issue no more?
Kate S. Alexander ― Gazette

Nothing irks Montgomery County residents quite like finding their vehicle towed without their consent. Two federal lawmakers want to be clear who has the authority to address the problem.
Towing might seem a local issue — it is the top complaint to Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection. But a 1990s authorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration defined towing companies as interstate carriers, and put authority for regulating in the industry, generally, in federal hands.

Now, federal lawmakers want to give the power to regulate towing back to state and local governments.

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Exclusive: How much Prince George’s stands to gain from Largo Town Center hospital project
Tina Reed ― Washington Business Journal

Prince George’s County stands to gain up to $3 billion in economic activity from the Largo Town Center revitalization project centered around a proposed regional medical center, a report released Friday shows.

The report was commissioned by county officials, as well as hospital partner University of Maryland Medical System and mall operator Retail Properties of America Inc. to estimate the impact of the proposed Prince George’s Regional Medical Center as well as plans to redevelop the Boulevard at Cap Centre.

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What dog owners need to know about H3N2 canine flu
Lori Grisham ― USA TODAY

A veterinarian in Ohio recently confirmed another case of the H3N2 dog flu.

H3N2 made headlines in April after an estimated 1,000 dogs in Chicago contracted the virus, but now the virus is popping up in other states.

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The most expensive wars in U.S. history
Alexander Kent ― USA TODAY

Declared an official holiday in 1971, Memorial Day honors those who have given their lives in service to the United States. While the human toll is always great, wars also cost treasure as well as blood.

Many factors can affect the cost of waging war. Using a report from the Congressional Research Service, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the most expensive wars in U.S. history. While the Mexican-American War cost just $2.4 billion, or 1.4% of GDP in 1847, spending on World War II accounted for nearly 36% of GDP in 1945, or $4.1 trillion. These are the most expensive wars in U.S. history.

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Your connected home will be cooler than ‘The Jetsons’
Marco della Cava ― USA TODAY

The creators of The Jetsons should have been paid for a lot more than just cartooning.

Hanna-Barbera’s pre-Apollo era sitcom imagined a space-age future that looks remarkably like our gadget-filled present. Jetpack fifty years into the future, and The Jetsons may even look like quaint, says one technologist immersed in high-tech homes.

We may not yet possess flying cars or self-propelling space suits, but we do have vacuuming robots, wearable computers, video chat and, of course, a screen that keeps us up to date on all our news.

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Senate passes two-month transportation spending patch
David Lawder ― REUTERS

The U.S. Senate early on Saturday passed a two-month spending extension for federal transportation projects that puts off a decision on long-term funding for road, bridge and rail transit projects until the height of the summer construction season.

The unanimous voice vote sends the measure to President Barack Obama for signing into law before current transportation spending authority expires on May 31.

The White House said Obama would sign the short-term fix if work continues towards a long-term bill.

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Study: Measles suppresses child’s immune system for years
Jim Bergamo ― WUSA-TV (CBS 9)

A new study has revealed some startling news about the measles which further encourages vaccination against the virus.

Research now shows that a child’s immune system is suppressed long after the illness runs its course; leaving the child vulnerable to other diseases. This may explain why, after U.S. children began getting measles vaccinations in the 1960s, death rates for other childhood diseases significantly decreased as well.

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Veterans frustrated by presidential debate on Iraq war
REBECCA SANTANA ― Associated Press

Veterans of the Iraq War have been watching in frustration as Republican presidential contenders distance themselves from the decision their party enthusiastically supported to invade that country.

Some veterans say they long ago concluded their sacrifice was in vain, and are annoyed that a party that lobbied so hard for the war is now running from it. Others say they still believe their mission was vital, regardless of what the politicians say. And some find the gotcha question being posed to the politicians - Knowing what we know now, would you have invaded? - an insult in itself.

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Overtime rules are being reviewed
Ann Belser ― Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Overshadowed by the very public efforts to update the Fair Labor Standards Act to increase the minimum wage is a concerted effort to change which employees have to be paid overtime — even if they are considered to be in some ways managerial.

The Fair Labor Standards Act calls for employees to be paid at least the minimum wage for all hours worked, and for overtime pay of time and a half if an employee works more than 40 hours in a week.

But there is an exemption to the rule, and that is where this latest battle is brewing.

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In a car accident? Call the insurance drone
Joseph N. DiStefano ― Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

One of Pennsylvania’s largest insurers hopes to begin launching drones, which will putter across the sky to monitor your damaged home or car, as soon as this summer.

Erie Indemnity Co. says two DJI Phantom 2 quadcopters with digital cameras will help human adjusters view accident scenes. They’ll also “help with underwriting,” or pricing risk, said Erie spokeswoman Leah Knapp.

Erie announced that it had received the Federal Aviation Administration’s blessing in April.

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