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Higher wages for state-funded construction pass Senate, House

March 18th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Workers on many local school construction projects would be paid at a higher rate under a prevailing wage bill approved Tuesday by the Maryland Senate. The bill would increase overall construction costs by as much as 5%, estimates the state Department of Legislative Services


Dead voters would be removed from voter rolls faster

March 18th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland’s voter registration rolls are bloated with names of dead people -- an estimated 20,000 as revealed by a 2013 study from the state Republican party -- and lawmakers are seeking a way to streamline the process of purging those names


Updating General Assembly races: More than 540 candidates vie for 188 seats

March 18th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Our eighth monthly roundup of candidates for General Assembly is hopefully complete through the June 24 primary. The filing deadline has passed, as has the withdrawal deadline, and the deadline for the major parties to fill open ballot positions. There are more than 540 candidates for 188 seats, yet seven incumbent senators have no opposition at all. Another 43 incumbents are giving up their seats, either retiring or running for other offices.


New abortion deadline proposed in bill that has little chance of success

March 16th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

As legislatures around the country have renewed efforts to restrict abortions, an Anne Arundel County Republican has proposed a Maryland law that would impose a deadline on when a woman could receive an abortion during the course of her pregnancy. But even he doesn’t think the proposal will make it out of committee


Maryland Reporter fundraiser supports State House coverage

March 16th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Republicans and Democrats, business lobbyists and union leaders, environmentalists and oil company representatives, were among the 80 people from right, left and center, who attended the second annual happy hour for MarylandReporter.com on Thursday night at Harry Browne's across from the State House in Annapolis


Common Core legislation advances; use of tests for teacher evaluations would be delayed

March 14th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

Legislation designed to solve problems created by the implementation of the Common Core curriculum standards advanced in the House and Senate Thursday. A bill to delay the use of testing on Common Core standards in teacher evaluations until 2016-2017 passed the Senate with only one dissenting vote, while the House version received a favorable report from the Ways and Means Committee, sending it to the House floor


Union protesters arrested at State House

March 14th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

Fourteen people had themselves intentionally arrested on the stone steps of the Maryland State House Thursday -- part of a larger group who were protesting the low wages of restaurant and retail workers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport


Senate rejects GOP cuts to $39 billion budget; Miller gripes about environmental ‘whackos’

March 13th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

With minimal debate, the Maryland Senate rejected a half dozen Republican attempts to further trim Gov. Martin O'Malley's $39 billion budget Wednesday, and gave preliminary approval to the spending plan that will be sent to the House this week. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee ultimately cut $492 million from the current budget and O'Malley's proposal for next year, partly to make up for lowered revenue estimates in both years



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