Court of Special Appeals rules in favor of city’s ‘300-foot rule’ for food trucks

Baltimore City has won the latest round in a lawsuit challenging the so-called “300-foot rule” for food trucks.

The Court of Special Appeals ruled Thursday that a city law barring mobile vendors from operating within 300 feet of a brick-and-mortar business offering the same food or service is constitutional and can be enforced. The decision from Judge Douglas R.M. Nazarian overturns a 2017 Circuit Court decision that said the law was too vague.

“The 300-foot rule is classic economic regulation,…

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UMMS adopts new conflict of interest, amid Healthy Holly fallout

The University of Maryland Medical System Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve a new conflict of interest policy, following public and legislative calls for reform.

The new policy, effective July 1, comes in response to months of controversy and new legislation passed in the General Assembly, calling for major reforms to the board of the nonprofit health system. Among other reforms, the new policy would prohibit UMMS from giving contracting preference, or allowing sole-source contracts…

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BSO musicians call on Gov. Hogan to release $1.6M for orchestra, stop cuts

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians are calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to release $1.6 million in funds designated for the orchestra and set conditions for the money’s use, one day after BSO management announced plans to scale back the group’s season and cancel its summer concerts.

In a statement released Friday, musicians urged Hogan to release funds that state legislators fenced off for the BSO toward the end of this year’s General Assembly session. Lawmakers set aside $1.6 million for the orchestra…

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CEO George Davis: TEDCO will come out better after ‘tough couple months’

“It’s been a tough couple months…But I really think we’re going to come out on the other end of all this in much better shape,” CEO George Davis said of TEDCO’s reform efforts.

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UMMS adopts some reforms required by legislature

The University of Maryland Medical System has adopted a conflict of interest policy consistent with reforms required by the state legislature and signed into state law last month. The new policy includes prohibition on sole-source contracts with system board members, sets recusal requirements for non-independent board members and restricts board leadership positions to independent board members. “This is …

from https://thedailyrecord.com/2019/05/31/umms-adopts-some-reforms-required-by-legislature/

House Republicans ask Hogan to withhold funding for the BSO

Republicans in the House of Delegates are asking Gov. Larry Hogan to withhold state funding for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra until the orchestra can provide a sustainable financial plan. The orchestra Thursday announced it would shorten its season, including eliminating a popular concert during celebrating Independence Day, citing millions in loses over the last decade. …

from https://thedailyrecord.com/2019/05/31/house-republicans-ask-hogan-to-withhold-funding-for-the-bso/

Federal judge dismisses outstanding claim by wrongfully convicted man

A federal judge dismissed an outstanding claim by a man wrongfully convicted in 1995, finding the $15 million jury verdict he received in 2017 exhausted his relief options. Sabein Burgess was convicted of killing his girlfriend, Michelle Dyson, and sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison. He was released in 2015 after being exonerated and in 2017 a …

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