March 9, 2010

State Roundup March 9, 2010

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STORM-WATER: The Sun’s Timothy Wheeler writes about a compromise between builders, environmentalists and and government officials regarding rules for storm-water pollution, which have been contested several times during this session. Tom LoBianco on Center Maryland has more details.

TAXES: Sun staffer Larry Carson finds the latest numbers for county income tax revenues do not look good.

2010: Gov. Martin O’Malley has already set a course down the campaign trail, picking up early endorsements from firefighters, reports  John Wagner in Maryland Politics blog at the Washington Post. The Baltimore Sun’s Julie Bykowicz is quick to point out that no one has supported O’Malley’s Republican challenger, because a certain someone hasn’t announced his candidacy.

GAMBLING: Anti-Slots petitioners have obtained 40,000 signatures to block potential slot parlors in Anne Arundel County, WBAL-TV 11’s David Collins reports. Monday was the deadline to submit the petition that could put slots up for public vote, writes WBAL Radio’s Steve Fermier.

ABORTION: Protesters say Maryland is one of the states with the most “permissive” abortion laws according to an Associated Press story, posted by Fox 45 Baltimore.

DEATH PENALTY: New types of evidence could taken into account when trying death penalty cases in Maryland says the Washington Examiner’s Hayley Peterson.

DEVELOPERS: Anne Arundel County Council members are backing a bill that would “freeze discount fees” for developers when constructing roads and schools, Annapolis Capital staff writer Erin Cox reports.

MILLER: Senate President Mike Miller’s son was approved by a Senate committee as an Anne Arundel County District Court judge by a vote Monday night, according to The Sun’s Annie Linskey.

BUDGET: MarylandReporter.com associate editor Andy Rosen reports no decisions will be made for another week regarding cuts to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s $32 million budget proposal, citing snow as a factor in the delay.

GO GREEN: The city of Annapolis is working on a $1.3 million dollar eco-friendly garage writes MarylandReporter.com staff writer, Nick DiMarco.

UMCP PRESIDENT: Lauren Redding at The Diamondback profiles the dean heading the search for the new president of the state’s flagship university.
And Anna Isaacs profiles the only undergraduate student on the search committee.

KITTLEMAN: Trent Kittleman race for Howard County executive has a statewide context, Len Lazarick writes in his Business Monthly column. Kittleman is the stepmother of Senate Minority Leader Allan Kittleman.