July 21st, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
Montgomery County prosecutors have decided to drop charges against Del. Ariana Kelly, a Bethesda Democrat who was arrested June 27 for trespass and indecent exposure at the home of her ex-husband, Barak Sanford. Kelly and Sanford issued a joint statement, and so did the state's attorney's office.
July 20th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
Environmentalists and business groups generally give very different ratings of Maryland legislators based on their votes. But in scorecards just released by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters and Maryland Business for Responsive Government almost all Annapolis lawmakers improved their scores with both groups.
Democrats, as usual, scored much higher on the environment and Republicans scored significantly better on business issues
July 14th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
Del. Ariana Kelly of Bethesda was arrested June 27 in Bethesda on charges of indecent exposure and trespass and is scheduled to appear in district court in Rockville on Aug. 13.
"This arises from a personal family matter," said attorney Luiz Simmons, a former delegate representing Kelly. "We're aggressively disputing the allegation."
June 25th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
The Bump 'n Grind is not a strip club in Baltimore, but a coffee bar in the new urbanized core of Silver Spring, a short walk to the D.C. line. Wednesday evening, it was briefly the center of progressives in the Maryland legislature, as Del. David Moon, about as left as they get in Annapolis, held a low-key fundraiser, heavy on the policy wonk from his fellow legislators. Advocates for the Purple Line were on hand as well.
June 8th, 2015 | by Glynis Kazanjian
Lawmakers charged with making policy recommendations following the police custody death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray peppered state officials responsible for police hiring and training standards with questions about racial diversity at their first work session Monday.
"Obviously we're missing something in the racial and ethnic diversity training on top of the excessive force training," remarked Sen. Joan Carter Conway, D, Baltimore City
May 17th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
Gov. Larry Hogan will have plenty of reasons to face off with House Speaker Michael Busch over spending and policy issues in the next four years. But why the Republican governor chose to pick a fight with the Democratic leader of the House of Delegates on Friday make little sense
May 12th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
Gov. Larry Hogan joined with legislators on Tuesday morning to sign 350 bills into law, putting the final seal of approval on several bills MarylandReporter.com has followed throughout this legislative session.
Bills signed by Hogan, Speaker of the House Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller include increasing the cap on tort claims against counties and the state, expanding the Maryland False Claims Act protecting whistleblowers and repealing “the rain tax,” the mandatory stormwater remediation fee
May 5th, 2015 | by Dan Menefee
Long before Freddie Gray’s death ignited unrest in Baltimore, high profile cases of police misconduct nationally failed to move Maryland lawmakers to pass meaningful reforms this year, according to LBSBaltimore.com, a grassroots think tank that advocates a rewrite of the state’s policing policies. “At the end of the day we saw special interests of police officers and law enforcement in Maryland overrule what the community needed here in Baltimore,” said Adam Jackson, head of the think tank located just yards from City Hall
April 16th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
Counties that have been successfully sued can expect to be writing checks double the amount they paid for tort claims previously, as the $200,000 cap increases to $400,000 in October
April 14th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner
Lawmakers lined up along the walls of the Governor's Reception Room, waiting to stand behind Gov. Larry Hogan as bills they’ve poured their hearts into the past 90-days were signed into law Tuesday morning.
Perhaps the most eager of these legislators were the new kids on the block, first-year legislators that made up the largest freshmen class to occupy the State House in 20 years.
Reacting to their first session, new delegates reflected on their accomplishments, struggles and future plans