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Monday, September 28, 2009:
There Ought To Be a Law...
Come Thursday, we strongly recommend you put down your BlackBerry and wait until arriving at your destination before posting comments on Maryland Politics. That's the day that the state's ban on texting while driving -- and a slew of other new laws -- take effect, including some new drunk-driving measures.
In coming days, no doubt we will all be treated to several new-law-related stories, like this one and this one in The Baltimore Sun and this one in the Annapolis Capital. In the meantime, click here for the entire list of statutes that take effect on Oct. 1, as compiled by our earnest friends at the Department of Legislative Services.
Governor Tours Soon-To-Be-Shuttered Mental Health Center
On Saturday, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene John Colmers toured the Upper Shore Community Mental Health Center, which is slated to be closed early next year because of budget cuts.
Brian Witte of the Associated Press reports that the Kent County facility will keep admitting patients for the next 90 days while health officials come up with alternative places to treat patients.
Cohen Pinch Hitting For Pierre In Annapolis Mayor's Race
Josh Cohen, who was the favorite before he finished second for the Democratic nomination for Annapolis mayor, is the nominee after all.
Cohen, an Anne Arundel County Council member, was picked Friday night by the Annapolis Democratic Central Committee to take over for Zina Pierre, whom we believe is really, truly out of the race now. She withdrew amid revelations about her financial difficulties and questions about whether she really, truly lives in Annapolis.
The Capital has details on Cohen's selection and an analysis of the coming general election.
Developing News in Montgomery and Prince George's...
Officials in Montgomery County on Tuesday will propose requiring health studies before major roads are proposed, reports The Post's Michael Laris. Following the lead of communities in California, they want to gauge how vehicle exhaust will affect minors, seniors, women who might have children, heart patients and others.
Meanwhile, Prince George's officials have approved an essential part of a plan that will alter the landscape of the rural Westphalia neighborhood by allowing about a half-dozen developers to build a town half the size of Columbia, reports The Post's Ovetta Wiggins.
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