2017 General Assembly Session Begins; Reported Squabbles Over Obama Joining Woodmont Country Club

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Maryland General Assembly begins 2017 session today

State lawmakers begin the 90-day session at noon today and are expected to start work on legislation ranging from paid sick leave for workers to criminal justice reform. Democrats kicked off the week with a breakfast Tuesday where they rallied against the agenda of Republican President-elect Donald Trump and spoke about unseating Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the 2018 election. Republicans said it’s unfortunate Democrats are already focused on the gubernatorial race. [Baltimore Sun]

New York Post alleges disagreement among members about President Obama being allowed to join Woodmont Country Club

The tabloid quoted an anonymous source who said members of the Rockville club were bickering over whether to allow President Barack Obama to join as a member once he becomes a private citizen. According to the unnamed source, Obama was going to receive a complimentary membership to the club, which has an $80,000 initiation fee, but some members of the historically Jewish club opposed the president’s Israel policy. [New York Post]

Raskin joins House Judiciary Committee

Rep. Jamie Raskin announced Tuesday he was appointed to the committee that has jurisdiction over law, courts and judges. Judiciary was Raskin’s first choice of committee assignments. “In 2017, with such profound disrespect for constitutional values being displayed by the incoming administration, the work of the Judiciary Committee is of surpassing and urgent importance,” Raskin said in a statement. [Rep. Jamie Raskin’s House website]

Three K9 officers join Montgomery County police force

The dogs—Gabby, Noah and Arco—successfully completed 16 weeks of training at the K9 Basic Patrol School on Friday, according to police. Noah is named after fallen county police officer Noah Leotta, who died a week after being struck by drunken driver in December 2015. [Montgomery County police]

Officer Sean Price and K9 Noah. Via MCP

Selfie-sticks banned from inauguration

The Washington, D.C., city government released a list of items banned along the parade route and other inauguration events that includes alcohol, glass containers, packages, laser pointers, large bags, signs, strollers, sticks or poles and other items. Inauguration Day is Jan. 20. [DC.gov]

Balmy day predicted

A partly sunny high near 50 degrees is expected today with a chance of rain after 5 p.m. and a nighttime low around 45, according to the National Weather Service.

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