2021 | News

Statewide plastic bag ban bill advances

Plus: Filmmaker is Cannes Festival Emerging Showcase finalist; Hogan names ex-CDC head as adviser

Statewide plastic bag ban bill advances

Maryland lawmakers in a House committee have advanced a bill that would prohibit stores from providing plastic bags to customers starting July 2022.

Stores have already been adapting to this change, as Montgomery County, Howard County, Baltimore City, Takoma Park, Chestertown and Westminster have all passed legislation that either prohibits the sale of plastic bags or requires stores to charge a fee for them. [Maryland Matters]

Filmmaker is Cannes Festival Emerging Showcase finalist

Natalie Harris, born and raised in Silver Spring, is a Cannes Film Festival Emerging Filmmaker Showcase finalist and recipient of the Directors Guild of America‚Äôs Student Film Award for her short film “Pure.”

“Pure” explores the story of a young Black girl who grapples with her identity and purity in the setting of a cotillion ball. [Montgomery Community Media]

Hogan names ex-CDC head as adviser

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday named Dr. Robert Redfield, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as a senior adviser for public health.

At a news conference, Hogan said the Maryland native would advise him on all aspects of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, including vaccines and the reopening of schools and businesses. [WTOP]

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