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New MCPS program to help teens struggling with drugs

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Montgomery County Public Schools recently formed a new partnership to enable students struggling with addiction to both recover and graduate from high school.

Thanks to a grant from Governor Larry Hogan intended to target the opioid epidemic, MCPS can start enrolling students in the new program sooner than previously planned, said MCPS Student Health and Wellness Coordinator Elizabeth Rathbone.

MCPS will partner with Family Services, Inc., a local organization in Gaithersburg, which offers substance abuse recovery programs. 

“MCPS is now coming alongside [Family Services, Inc.],” said spokesperson Gboyinde Onijala. “They’ve been providing recovery support.”

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The new Maryland “Red Flag” gun law

gavel2Governor Hogan last month signed into law a new gun control measure known as a “red flag” law, joining Florida and several other states in the wake of the Parkland Florida school shooting. This law allows for certain persons to petition the court to order the temporary surrender of firearms from persons found to be dangerous in possessing them. The new law, found in the Public Safety Article, works as follows.

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Hogan sets up scholarship fund to offset community college tuition

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Maryland SealA recently-passed Maryland law will make attending community college more affordable for state residents.

Last week, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed a bill that will help cover the cost of tuition for some state residents attending community colleges. The bill allocates $15 million in state funding to provide scholarships up to $5,000 for students whose family earn less than $150,000 a year or for adults with an income of $100,000 a year or less.

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Democrats look for opportunity in healthcare

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One week ago Republican Senator John McCain stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate floor and with a thumbs-down gesture and a firm and loud “no,” killed the last Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The possible end of Republicans’ “Obamacare” repeals now opens a bipartisan window for some healthcare reforms according to congressional Democrats.

“I am of the view that we just closed the door on these repeal and ravage campaigns,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8).

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Governor sets Legislative agenda

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ANNAPOLIS – Gov. Larry Hogan (R) proposed tax breaks targeting retirees, working families and “struggling small businesses” Tuesday.

“I can’t imagine anybody could oppose these common sense” initiatives, said Hogan.

The first-term governor put tax relief and education funding at the center of his legislative agenda, though the governor did not announcement how he plans to pay for the tax cuts.

“On the 20th, we’ll give you our budget, and you’ll see the details,” said Hogan.

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Keep public meetings open to all

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mccivicfedAfter a vacancy in the Open Meetings Compliance Board, Governor Hogan has appointed three new members to the Board: Jonathan Hodgson, April Ishak, and Rachel Shapiro Grasmick. Last week the Board came out with an important Opinion that affects the residents of Montgomery County.

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