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February 2015

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State Roundup, February 27, 2015

Published on February 27th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan continues to push his proposal to loosen rules governing charter schools, and gets a boost from the Post editorial board; Hogan proposes tax credit to those corporations that fund ed scholarships; Senate Pres Miller predicts a rocky road to confirmation for one Hogan nominee; controversy surrounds bill that would allow Baltimore City school police to carry weapons; advocates urge reform of law enforcement accountability in excessive force cases; Del. Jalisi has a date in court Monday, and he says he’s unaware of it; Attorney General Frosh backs GOP Central Committee in number of names it can submit to governor; and latest Iowa poll shows O’Malley unknown enough to garner no opinions... Read More


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Showalter Miller Schrader

Senates Past gets the inside baseball about the Orioles present

Published on February 27th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

How do you get Orioles manager Buck Showalter to quit sunny Sarasota, Fla., on the first week of spring training to come to Annapolis on a snowy Thursday and address an aging group of senators, ex-senators and their friends? You get longtime Orioles owner Peter Angelos to fly him up on a charter jet, put him in a suit and tie, and make it look like it was the most normal thing in the world for this Mississippi boy to schmooze and pose for pictures with a bunch of pols... Read More


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State Roundup, February 26, 2015

Published on February 26th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Attorney General urges lawmakers to back fracking liability standards; mental health, drug treatment supporters rally against cuts to care providers; Gov. Hogan to decide on Purple Line by mid-May; Senate Pres. Miller offers up his own version of rain tax repeal; freshman delegate hopes to restore voting rights for some ex-offenders; tax breaks proposed for angel investors; Hogan’s charter school proposal gets initial hearing today; Kopp re-elected state treasurer; U.S. Sen. Mikulski, other women senators push to help victims of human trafficking; and Prince George’s could be approved for Sunday liquor sales... Read More


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Health advocates want state to stop taxing bottled water

Published on February 25th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Health advocates moved to make water the “default drink of Maryland” by submitting a bill that would repeal the 6% sales tax on bottled water. Some health foundations spoke before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in support of SB 574 on Wednesday, where legislators identified the elephant in the room -- a possible general fund loss of $20 million annually... Read More


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State Roundup, February 25, 2015

Published on February 25th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan unveils plans to deal with growing heroin problem, reveals that cousin died of overdose and names Lt. Gov. Rutherford to head task force to create policy; 1 million Marylanders said to have no retirement savings; Del. Young seeks assessment of untested rape kits; Hogan’s chicken manure proposal has farmers, environmentalist clucking; repealing rain tax not as easy as some jurisdictions were hoping; new tobacco products shopping fees light fire under opponents; Hogan seeks unified voice in push for FB HQ; new Goucher poll finds Marylanders still undecided about Hogan; and one Cecil delegate proposes community college bill that the college didn't want... Read More


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Major change in pension funding proposed, eliminating extra payments

Published on February 25th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

The legislature's staff is recommending that lawmakers make another major change in pension funding, eliminating extra payments into Maryland's underfunded pension system and returning to full actuarial funding. The proposal would save $70 million in next year's budget and $2 billion over the next 10 years. But it would ultimately cost taxpayers $2.5 billion more than current plans for pension contributions in the following 13 years... Read More


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Bill restricts governors from shifting special funds to other programs

Published on February 25th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Lawmakers are moving to restrict the ability of future governors to shift money between special and general funds during the operating budget creation process. The Dedicated State Funds Protection Act (HB 787) would amend Maryland’s constitution to prohibit the governor from relocating special funds to the general fund, which is often done during the budget-balancing process and then often not repaid... Read More


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State Roundup, February 24, 2015

Published on February 24th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Senate panel grills nominee for transportation secretary over Purple Line, delaying process for him, four other potential Cabinet members; Gov. Hogan issues chicken manure rules, including banning worst offenders; gun rights advocates hope to push through looser conceal-carry bill; task force urges state to create a private-sector retirement plan for some employees; U.S. Rep. Delaney joins some state lawmakers in urging help for Western Maryland; Sun editorial board urges Hogan administration to rescind attorney’s “executive privilege” advisory; and statewide politicos attend funeral of Circuit Court Clerk Frank Conaway Sr... Read More


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