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What They Are Saying: Maryland Stadium Authority, Md. Gov. Moore and the Baltimore Orioles Agree on Terms to Keep the Team in Baltimore for 30 Years and Revitalize Downtown Baltimore
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Sept. 30 -- Gov. Wes Moore, D-Maryland, issued the following news release on Sept. 29, 2023:

Yesterday, the Maryland Stadium Authority, Baltimore Orioles and Governor Wes Moore finalized a memorandum of understanding that will keep the Orioles in Baltimore for at least 30 years, modernize facility operations at the best price for Maryland taxpayers, and boost private sector development to revitalize downtown Baltimore City and create more opportunity for all.

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Here is what business professionals, elected officials, and community leaders are saying about the agreement:

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Pa. Senate Republicans: Sen. Farry and State Reps. Unveil Crime Bill Package to Address Rising Crime in Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Sept. 30 -- The Pennsylvania Senate Republicans issued the following news release:

Sen. Frank Farry (R-6) and Reps. K.C. Tomlinson (R-18), Joe Hogan (R-142), Kristin Marcell (R-178) and Shelby Labs (R-143) joined local law enforcement officials yesterday at the Northampton Police Department to unveil legislation that addresses the rising and evolving crime in Pennsylvania, specifically around Philadelphia.

"As society evolves, so do the crimes happening in our communities," Farry said. "We want to ensure that our law enforcement and prosecutors have the right tools to ... Show Full Article

Oregon State Legislature: House Republicans Are Committed to Hearing All Potential Solutions to Fix Measure 110
SALEM, Oregon, Sept. 30 -- The Oregon House Republicans issued the following news release:

House Republicans remain dedicated to advancing solutions to the crisis created by Measure 110. With the announcement of the Joint Addiction and Community Safety Response Committee, the Legislature will soon begin to create legislation meant to deal with the crisis. The same Democrat leaders and committee chairs who chose not to advance bills in the last legislative session to address Oregon's drug and crime crisis are finally willing to deal with the pleas of desperate Oregonians. Ironically, the Democrats ... Show Full Article

Ind. House Democrats: Rep. Bauer Urges South Bend Residents to Comment on I&M Rate Hike Request
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, Sept. 30 -- The Indiana House Democrats issued the following news on Sept. 29, 2023:

On Wednesday, September 27, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) confirmed that it will hold a public hearing in South Bend regarding Indiana Michigan Power's pending request to increase consumer rates by 6.8%. This comes several weeks after State Rep. Maureen Bauer (D - South Bend) and State Rep. Ryan Dvorak (D - South Bend) sent letters to the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the agency that represents consumer interests in IURC cases, requesting a public hearing ... Show Full Article

CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 30 -- Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul issued the following news release:

Attorney General Kwame Raoul, as part of a bipartisan coalition of 22 attorneys general, urged congressional leaders to approve the SAFER Banking Act of 2023 to lift banking restrictions that prevent state-licensed cannabis businesses from accessing the full range of regulated banking and financial services.

Despite the growing number of states that have legally authorized, regulated cannabis businesses, cannabis remains classified as an illegal substance under the federal Controlled Substances ... Show Full Article

Gov. Ron DeSantis: Toll Relief Program Provides More Than $300 Million in Customer Savings
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Sept. 30 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release on Sept. 29, 2023:

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Transportation announced that Floridians have saved more than $300 million through the toll relief program since January 2023. The toll relief program was introduced by Governor DeSantis and enacted by the Florida Legislature. In the month of July, 1.1 million customers saved more than $38 million, and in August, 1.2 million customers saved $39.6 million. The year-long program automatically gives frequent users with at least ... Show Full Article

Boston Planning & Development Agency Approves New Affordable Housing in Charlestown, Adopts PLAN: Charlestown
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Sept. 30 -- The Boston Planning and Development Agency issued the following news on Sept. 28, 2023:

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors Thursday approved two new development projects representing approximately 1.4 million square feet (SF). The new projects will create 629 residential units, 126, or 20 percent of which, will be designated income-restricted, and will support approximately 1,323 construction jobs and 2,076 permanent jobs. These projects will make Boston a more resilient, affordable, and equitable city.

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Planning & Zoning

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