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Progressives Bump ‘n Grind in Silver Spring, wait for Purple Line

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.


Legislators call for more diversity, standardized training for police

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


Gov. Hogan picks a fight with Speaker Busch

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


350 bills become law: Rain tax repeal, public campaign financing, higher cap on gov’t tort awards

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


Legislature will take another look at state’s policing laws

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


Freshman delegates hit the ground running, reflect on first year

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


Cap on awards for lawsuits against counties, towns divides senators

April 10th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

The fatal shooting on Saturday of an unarmed black man in South Carolina by a white police officer now charged with murder was clearly on the minds of Maryland senators as they debated a 28-year old cap on damages in lawsuits against towns and counties in similar wrongful injuries. The senators were attempting to balance the interests of both taxpayers and victims. Some senators were worried that smaller towns would go bankrupt if the cap on damages was raised from $200,000 to $500,000, as HB 113 would require



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