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Bill would make it easier to sue police officers for brutality

Plus: Indoor farming project promotes sustainability in Montgomery County; Hogan signs $1B coronavirus RELIEF Act

Bill would make it easier to sue police officers for brutality

Lawmakers seeking to tighten police accountability in Maryland have also set their sights on civil lawsuits, with legislation that would make it easier to sue officers — and localities — for police misconduct.

Proposed legislation by Del. Jheanelle K. Wilkins (D-Silver Spring) would remove the immunity defense for police officers and increase caps for monetary damages awarded in civil lawsuits, among other measures. [Washington Post]

Indoor farming project promotes sustainability in Montgomery County

The Food Grown Home project is a futuristic take on today’s problems, promoting sustainability into the future, addressing the current food insecurity crisis and bringing small-scale indoor farming to homes across Montgomery County.

“Indoor farming takes 95 percent less water than traditional agriculture. With indoor farming, your growth isn’t affected by the climate outside,” said Sandra Lee of Metro Green Style, a lifestyle brand collaborating with Family Learning Solutions on the Food Grown Home project. [WDVM]

Hogan signs $1B coronavirus RELIEF Act

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed the bipartisan RELIEF Act of 2021 Monday to provide a $1 billion package of emergency coronavirus relief to families and small businesses.

The legislation repeals all state and local taxes on unemployment benefits and includes immediate stimulus payments of $500 for families and $300 for individuals who filed for the Earned Income Tax Credit. [WUSA]

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