May 5, 2010

State Roundup May 5, 2010

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Today we have heavy coverage of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s latest bill signing, which included new sex offender laws. Prince George’s County could lose money because of another new measure, and politicians roast former Gov. Marvin Mandel.

BILL SIGNING: Nick Sohr of The Daily Record has a rundown of the host of bills signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Martin O’Malley. These include provisions strengthening sex offender laws, as well as a boost in car insurance coverage requirements for drivers. Brian Witte reports for the Associated Press that O’Malley also signed bills to cut down on gang activity in schools.

Also included were measures to improve public school performance and streamline traffic court, Michael Dresser writes in The Baltimore Sun. Dave Collins has a video report on the sex offender bills for WBAL-TV, and John Rydell reports for WBFF.

PRINCE GEORGE’S: Critics say one of the bills signed into law by O’Malley yesterday could cost Prince George’s County $18 million that would have gone toward parks and recreation.

DISABILITIES: Disability advocates were proud to have claimed a few victories on Tuesday, as O’Malley signed new voting rights and other laws into effect, but the overwhelming consensus from this year’s legislative session is that there is still a “long, long way to go,” Nick DiMarco reports for MarylandReporter.com.

MANDEL: Politicians past and present roasted former Gov. Marvin Mandel Tuesday in celebration of his 90th birthday, Julie Bykowicz reports for The Sun. Bob Ehrlich appeared and gave a speech, but Martin O’Malley was on his way to Chicago for a biotechnology event.

CHILD SUPPORT: MarylandReporter.com’s Nick DiMarco writes that most child support payments in the state will be eligible to go up in October, under a law approved Tuesday by Gov. Martin O’Malley.

EDUCATION: In an op-ed for The Sun, state Sen. Paul Pinsky criticizes the state’s attempt to pull down federal stimulus aid for education. He calls State Superintendent Nancy Grasmick’s plan “flashy short cuts.”

EDWARDS: U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards was the focus of the Washington Examiner’s “Dirty Money Watch,” because she took $5,000 in contributions from a political action committee headed by New York Democrat Charles Rangel. Rangel is being investigated by the House ethics committee.