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March 2015

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State Roundup, March 30, 2015

Published on March 30th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Senate scales back tax relief proposals; budget conference this week; nurse practitioners seek independence; when it rains, is it a fee or a tax?; funding for school buildings; move to tax online hotel bookings stirs debate; call to replace court commissioners with judges; Maryland overbilled feds on health care; University of Maryland study says state faces “triple bottom line” to spur growth; O'Malley says Clinton should have no coronation; Gov. Hogan is looking for a few good -- local -- recipes... Read More


Commentary

Anti-fracking demo

Rascovar: Fracking follies at the State House

Published on March 29th, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar

Shakespeare, as usual, had it right. "Full of sound and fury signifying nothing." That describes the squabbling in Annapolis over hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as "fracking." It is a phantom issue in Maryland... Read More


News

Kasemeyer wide

Senate committee scales back Hogan tax relief proposals

Published on March 27th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

A Senate committee voted on four of Gov. Larry Hogan’s tax relief proposals Friday, significantly scaling back three of them and outright killing a fourth. Average taxpayers will see little to no immediate effect of any of the measures as passed by the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee... Read More


March 2015

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State Roundup, March 27, 2015

Published on March 27th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Budget sails through the Senate without opposition; Miller pledges to work with Hogan on tax relief; Gov. Hogan wants to add 100 troopers; Patti Saylor testifies for self-advocates; self-driving vehicle bill comes to complete stop; Maryland Dem chair Yvette Lewis to step down; Obama nominates Xinis to federal bench; and state Crime Control spokesman Toohey, former governors’ photog Tomlinson die... Read More


Budget

Unanimous vote budget BRFA

Senate unanimously approves budget, but differs with House

Published on March 26th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

For the first time in nine years, the Maryland Senate unanimously approved the $40.5 billion state budget in its first go-round, applauding their unanimity and congratulating each other for their bipartisan work. "This year is like no other," said Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings, who praised the Democratic leadership of the Senate Budget Committee for giving Republicans a seat at the table... Read More


Education

School lunch by DC Central Kitchen on Flickr

Free meals would be expanded to many schools by legislation

Published on March 26th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Legislators are moving to dish out free meals to hungry schoolkids, who are too embarrassed by living below the poverty level to eat free lunches in front of peers. The Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2015 would abolish the current enrollment process of singling out low-income students with paper applications... Read More


March 2015

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State Roundup, March 26, 2015

Published on March 26th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Miller says Senate will now cooperate with Hogan on some of his agenda; but Hogan's charter school bill is gutted in the Senate; Baltimore looks for its own U.S. Senate candidate, as other groups assess Van Hollen, Edwards; comptroller engineers voluntary ban on powdered alcohol; port company gets tax break that surprises Baltimore; gun law on appeal; senator attempts to squelch PG tax increase; fly bill swatted down; phosphorus compromise moves forward; snow day waivers and more. ... Read More


Environment

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Warning: Flesh-eating bacteria in the Chesapeake Bay

Published on March 26th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

With a flesh-eating bacteria often going unnoticed in the Chesapeake Bay, legislators are rallying behind a bill that would warn potential victims. The naturally-occurring bacteria, which causes infections called Vibriosis, is most commonly contracted through open wounds or cuts. In 2013, there were 57 reported cases, jumping from 25 cases in ... Read More


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