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Legislation would create fines for violating Open Meetings Act

January 7th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Del. Dan Morhaim, chairman of the Government Operations subcommittee, plans on introducing a bill to beef up the regulatory powers of the Open Meetings Compliance Board, allowing it to fine public bodies for illegally closing meetings. The civil penalties could be up to $1,000 for the first offense and up to $10,000 for a third offense.


Busch uses PowerPoint to make power points

January 7th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

House Speaker Michael Busch uses a PowerPoint presentation to debunk the war on rural Maryland, showing redistribution of state aid from higher income urban subdivisions to lower income and often more rural jurisdictions.


‘Enough is enough,’ county officials telling the state

January 4th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

After several years of pummeling by state government, through cuts in aid, offloading of state expenses and unfunded mandates, county officials gathered here for their annual conference believe that “enough is enough,” said Rick Pollitt, new president of the Maryland Association of Counties


Think tanks recommend $500 million casino license

December 20th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

Two Maryland think tanks are proposing that the state charge a license fee as high as $500 million for new National Harbor Casino, saying anything less, such as the current $18 million license fee, “would be a giveaway, corporate welfare, or taxpayer rip-off.”


O’Malley says he’s delivered on some goals, but not energy and transportation

December 19th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

A lot of the reporters wanted to talk about guns at Tuesday’s roundtable with Gov. Martin O’Malley, and the governor did speak in general terms about the need for more gun control and mental health services. But what O’Malley really wanted to talk about was how his administration measured up to the 15 broad goals that are tracked by the governor’s “delivery unit.” Maryland did show broad progress on most of the goals since O’Malley took office, and some of the targets had already been met


Legislature launches new website

December 18th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

The Maryland General Assembly launched its new website Monday, modernizing its look and adding several new features. It also has a new URL web address, but users of the old address will be redirected to the site. Much of the redesign is simply a repackaging of older features, but it puts many of them directly on the homepage, rather than several clicks away. There are also new personalized tools for tracking specific legislation.



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