Author Archives: Len Lazarick

Senate president announces committee assignments

December 17th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Senate President Mike Miller announced the full slate of committee assignments Tuesday, finding places for the 11 new senators and shifting several of the incumbents. The Democratic presiding officer determines the committee assignments for both Democrats and Republicans in the 47-member Senate


2015 State House Birthday Calendar includes all 58 new delegates, 11 new senators

December 16th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Get the new 2015 Maryland State House Birthday Calendar produced by the staff of MarylandReporter.com. It includes the birthdays of all 188 members of the incoming Maryland General Assembly — including all 58 newly elected members of the House of Delegates and 11 newly elected senators. There are also the birthdays of all statewide elected officials and Maryland members of Congress


Rascovar: Md.’s easy budget fix

December 14th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland governments are awash in budget deficits. Yet it need not be quite so bad, if Maryland were to change its budget cycle.


Incoming attorney general promises greater transparency

December 12th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Incoming Attorney General Brian Frosh promised to be "a strong advocate of transparency and openness" in a speech celebrating the 40th anniversary of Common Cause in Maryland, citizen group committed to open government issues. "It is important the office of attorney general has a uniform approach" to enforcing the state's Public Information Act, Frosh said. "The default ought to be that we're going to give you the information that you seek."


Analysis: Hogan facing tough decisions on spending, taxes

December 11th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan and his top fiscal advisor, Bobby Neall, are scheduled to meet with reporters Thursday afternoon, "outlining the status of the state’s current fiscal crisis," says a press release from the transition. What are some of the ways Hogan could begin implementing some of his promises without sending Democrats in the legislature to the barricades


Poster of incoming legislators

December 10th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

A number of readers found the poster of the incoming legislators posted last week helpful. Depending on your device, if you double click on the image it should appear in a viewing application allowing you to zoom in to a size large enough to read the names and see the individual photos.


Hogans tour Government House with O’Malleys

December 8th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Saturday was another big day for Gov.-elect Larry Hogan after his 7-hour visit to the White House Friday. He and his wife Yumi got a tour of Government House from Gov. Martin O'Malley and his wife, Judge Catherine Curran (Katie) O'Malley, and before that he spoke to the Maryland Republican Party's convention meeting at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City


Hogan, Franchot plan shopping trip on Eastern Shore

December 4th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Republican Larry Hogan Jr. has made outreach to Democrats a key part of his transition to becoming governor next month. The let's-all-along style reaches a new level on Monday, when Hogan goes shopping with Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot in Easton and Cambridge


New legislators get wintery budget forecast

December 4th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Most newbies in the legislature got a two-day orientation to their new jobs this week, covering topics from ethics and State House security to payroll and office expenses. But after the elation of their election victories, most of 57 newly elected delegates and 11 new senators got a sobering bucket of budget ice water thrown on them from the legislature's chief fiscal analysts



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