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Bill would eliminate charges for electricity customers who reject ‘smart meters’

February 17th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Extra fees for electricity customers who refuse to accept “smart meters” because they are wary of the new technology would be eliminated by a bill heard by the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday, and any extra costs would be spread across all customers. Utility companies argue these fees are necessary because of the extra cost of continuing to read the old meters


Maryland bridges not falling down, highway officials tell legislators

February 12th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

A piece of a bridge on the Capital Beltway fell off and smashed the windshield of a car being driven by a Prince George’s County grandmother on Tuesday. On Thursday, Maryland highway representatives got to explain to legislators reviewing their budget why the state’s 81 “structurally deficient” bridges are not unsafe for drivers


Arrest warrants would block income tax refunds

February 10th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

A program to withhold income tax refunds from people with outstanding arrest warrants could be implemented across much of the state, as lawmakers from Montgomery, Carroll and Baltimore counties push for legislation to use the Warrant Intercept Program


Housing would be cheaper cure for homelessness, legislators are told

February 8th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

As Maryland’s homeless situation becomes “especially dire,” the creation of affordable housing for the homeless would be cheaper than the cost of shelter efforts, Director Adam Schneider of Health Care for the Homeless told a Senate budget subcommittee Friday


Fraud in state contracts is target for Frosh and False Claims Act

February 5th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Attorney General Brian Frosh moved to broaden Maryland’s fight against fraud on Thursday, backing legislation that would include false claims against private contractors completing work for state and local governments in the Maryland False Claims Act. This bill would also empower employees to report fraud within the walls of their own company


Hunters rally at Blaze & Camo day

February 5th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Orange neon colored hats livened up the windy courtyard of Lawyers Mall Thursday morning, as hunters wearing camouflage greeted legislators walking into the General Assembly session. They were passing out baseball-caps inscribed with the words “Blaze & Camo Day” to senators and delegates who stopped by. “Wearing your blaze” is a hunting term for wearing neon-orange vests or hats



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