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A WINTER STORM WARNING has been issued for Northern Baltimore and Carroll Counties and a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for Baltimore City, Harford, and Howard Counties through 6PM Wednesday evening.  Rain will be heavy at times through Wednesday morning, mixing with and changing to snow from northwest to southeast.  Any rain and snow should end just after sunset on Wednesday evening.  Snow totals could range from about 1-3" northwest of I-95, with up to 3-6" and localized high-elevation amounts up to 8" and road problems north and west of the Beltway.

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Are Maryland Lawmakers Taking Vacations on Your Dime?

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:22 PM EDT

These days many businesses choose to provide their loyal customers with special benefits, often referred to as "rewards." Credit card companies, airlines, hotels - and right now there may be several Maryland lawmakers planning vacations that they’ll pay with using rewards they earned while staying at hotels during the legislative session.

"What happens is during the 90-day session…they get a lodging per diem of $100 a night," David Williams of the Taxpayers Protections Alliance said. "So they stay in a hotel for 90 days, they rack up these bills at the taxpayer’s expense…they accumulate all these hotel rewards points and they can use them for their personal use…they’re getting all these free perks on the taxpayer."

While they’re not breaking any laws, Williams called the practice unethical and suggested the lawmakers donate these points to a charity or use them to negotiate lower prices for their hotel stays during the next session.

Are Maryland Lawmakers Taking Vacations on Your Dime?


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