ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Maryland lawmakers will be gathering for their annual legislative session this week to focus largely on helping the state recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Larry Hogan announced a $1 billion COVID-19 relief plan which includes tax relief and payments of up to $450 for individuals and $750 for families in need. Hogan also is proposing ending local and state income taxes on unemployment benefits. The plan also includes $300 million in tax relief to help Maryland restaurants and small businesses. The plan would require legislative approval.