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Gun control debate video: Mike McDermott vs. Vinny Demarco

February 24th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

The already heated debate over new gun control measures heats up as Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed new restrictions moves to the Senate floor on Tuesday. In this 12-minute video, pits Del. Mike McDermott, a Lower Shore Republican and police officer who opposes new gun licensing rules, against Vinny DeMarco, a long-time advocate for more gun control who heads Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence

Proposal to cut health care funding for pregnant women sparks sharp opposition

February 24th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

The legislature’s budget analysts have proposed to phase out Medicaid coverage for pregnant women with incomes between 185% and 250% of the federal poverty line on the basis that these women will qualify for the state health exchange implemented under Obamacare. But officials from Maryland’s $7 billion Medicaid program argue that this shift would jeopardize access to prenatal screenings and other health services that pregnant women and their babies need.

O’Malley’s voting expansion proposal raises concerns about fraud, security

February 22nd, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s bill to expand voting debuted in Annapolis Thursday, calling for more early voting days, same day voter registration and an opportunity for all Marylanders to obtain absentee ballots online. But critics, including members of the governor’s own party, sounded off about the potential for voter fraud, some even suggesting that certain parts of the bill be delayed until security could be improved

Legislation seeks to lower projected returns for pension system investments

February 20th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill to cut the expected rate of return on Maryland $38 billion pension investment portfolio -- a move that would effectively add billions of dollars to the state’s pension liabilities. The move to reduce what the GOP considers an unrealistic 7.75% rate to something like the corporate rate several points below that drew strong opposition from the State Retirement Agency at a hearing Tuesday

Frequent license renewals proposed for older drivers

February 19th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

While a December Motor Vehicle Administration report found older drivers have fewer crashes, a group of experts and witnesses told a House committee Tuesday that older drivers should be required to renew their licenses on a more frequent basis and in-person

Miller calls GOP delegates ‘Neanderthals’ over gas tax opposition

February 19th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Responding to Republican assertions at a Tuesday morning news conference that a gas tax hike he proposed is unnecessary, Senate President Mike Miller said, “These people are Neanderthals.” Miller suggested that Republicans were towing the party line even though many of their districts would benefit from the passage of the tax bill.

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