Environmental and land conservation advocates, along with county officials across the state, are gearing up to fight a Senate Budget Committee proposal to limit Program Open Space funding to $100 million a year. The Maryland Association of Counties said the cap on open space funding would result in "devastating" cuts of as much as $263 million over the next five years.
If legislators do nothing to stop it in the next 19 days, members of the Maryland General Assembly elected this fall -- including probably two-thirds of the current members -- will get a 16% raise over the next four years, bringing their annual salaries to $50,330. They currently make $43,500 for what is technically a part-time job.
Lawmakers have already allowed the next governor to get a 20% raise to $180,000 by doing nothing to stop it in the first 45 days of the current session.
The first instance of sexual abuse recounted in "10,000 Hills: A Little Boy’s Journey," is detailed, graphic, and emotionally raw. The episode illustrates the tone of the entire book, written and recently self-published by Del. C.T. Wilson, a Democrat from Charles County.
The book recounts the years of abuse Wilson suffered both in the foster care system as well as after he was adopted, and it is painfully forthright.
Though he’s listed as chief sponsor of a bill that would cut Maryland’s estate tax, Senate President Mike Miller said Wednesday he only “reluctantly” supports his legislation, and its House equivalent, which delegates passed last week.
But, Miller said, it is important to keep Maryland’s rate competitive to those of other states.
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.
In a flurry of activity to meet Monday's deadline for bills sent to the Senate for action, the House of Delegates passed over 210 bills since Friday, most of them with unanimous or near unanimous votes.
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.
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.
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.