November 13, 2012

State Roundup, November 13, 2012

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BIZ BOOST TO GAY MARRIAGE: Employers and government officials in Maryland see economic benefits to allowing gay marriage, reports Lorraine Mirabella for the Sun. Those include improving workplace conditions, helping employers attract and retain talent, and boosting tourism and wedding-related business.

BUT WHEN? The Civil Marriage Protection Act allows same-sex weddings as of Jan. 1, writes Allison Bourg in the Capital-Gazette. But state officials still aren’t sure when the first ceremonies will be able to take place, a spokesman for Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler said.

DREAM ACT IMPACT: One week after voters approved the Maryland Dream Act, which allows illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public colleges, local community colleges are now examining the potential impact, reports John Rydell for WBFF-TV.

WORKERS WITHOUT SICK LEAVE: Forty percent of Maryland’s private-sector workers — nearly 820,000 people — have no option to take time off with pay if they’re ill, writes Jamie Smith Hopkins in the Sun. Now three Baltimore groups that advocate for workers are launching a campaign to require paid leave in the state, calling it a public-health issue as well as a matter of basic fairness.

Dan Rodricks of WYPR-FM holds a roundtable discussion on the issue of workers without sick leave.

O’MALLEY FOR PRES? In supporting same-sex marriage and the Dream Act, state voters may have provided Gov. Martin O’Malley the political fodder he needs to thrust himself into the running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, writes Jim Bach in the Diamondback.

BROWN FOR GOV? Speakers celebrated the re-election of President Barack Obama, reminded younger generations of past civil rights’ struggles and, in the case of keynote speaker Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, did what seemed like a little gubernatorial stumping Saturday during the annual Dorchester County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet, reports Gail Dean for the Easton Star-Democrat.

2013 SESSION: House Speaker Michael Busch recently sat down for breakfast with the The Capital to talk about what to expect in 2013 including more on gambling and Gov. O’Malley’s future.

UPSIDES OF GAMBLING: Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, in Maryland yesterday, was happy to laud the benefits to the state of casino gambling, writes Gary Haber of the Baltimore Business Journal.

GAMING WINNER & LOSER: West Virginia’s Jefferson County, home of the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, is facing a drop in its millions of dollars of yearly gaming revenue as more Maryland gamblers are likely to stay in state thanks to Question 7, reports Matt Connolly for the Washington Examiner.

THE PLEBISCITE ON TOP: Tony Campbell of Marylanders for Coherent & Fair Representation opines in MarylandReporter.com that Gov. O’Malley dislikes the referendum process because it is run by a plebiscite rather than representative democracy

SHOULD MOONEY GO? Most of the editors of Red Maryland are urging Alex Mooney, head of the Maryland GOP to resign, citing poor job performance in not focusing on local races. But one dissents.

NEW LEGISLATIVE WEBSITE: The General Assembly is previewing its new website and MarylandReporter.com is seeking your feedback about it.