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One year later, county public library buildings still not fully open

Plus: Balloon releases banned in Maryland under bill; Hogan vetoes bill abolishing life sentences without parole for juveniles

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One year later, county public library buildings still not fully open

As restrictions for establishments are loosening, library buildings in Montgomery County still remain mostly closed.

Anita Vassallo, director of Montgomery County Public Libraries, said it is continuing to work on a phased reopening plan and has talked to County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles and Office of Emergency and Homeland Security Director Dr. Earl Stoddard about what safely reopening “looks like.” [Montgomery Community Media]

Balloon releases banned in Maryland under bill

Marylanders would no longer be allowed to intentionally let balloons loose into the sky under a bill the General Assembly has passed, sending it to the governor.

The bill prohibits any state or local organization, entity or person older than 13 from “intentionally releasing … a balloon into the atmosphere,” with minimal exceptions, subject to a fine. [WTOP]

Hogan vetoes bill abolishing life sentences without parole for juveniles

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday vetoed a bill abolishing life sentences without parole for juveniles that legislation advocates say would help bring fairness to the criminal justice system.

Hogan said the measure would upend the parole system by allowing juveniles who were convicted as adults to appeal for release after serving 20 years, cause additional trauma to victims’ families and potentially lead to the release of violent offenders who should remain behind bars. [Washington Post]

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