February 23, 2012
Health Secretary Joshua Sharfstein and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown testified at two hearings this week on the bill to implement the federally mandated health care exchange, creating a "mini-marketplace" for the uninsured and small businesses. [...more]
Sen. James Brochin has proposed a law to reduce partisanship in future redistricting decisions by creating a Temporary Redistricting Commission in the year following a U.S. Census. Brochin, a Towson Democrat, believes his 42nd District in Baltimore County was redrawn into “ultra-Republican” areas -- as punishment for regularly voting with the Republican minority on fiscal issues. [...more]
After rejecting six amendments, a bill allowing same-sex marriage will be going to the full Senate for a final vote at 4 p.m. Thursday. [...more]
Gov. Martin O’Malley’s state redistricting map will become law on Friday without a single hearing, and Marylanders have been denied a say, the state Republican Party and Fannie Lou Hamer, an African-American political action group, charged on Wednesday. [...more]
Administrators from the University System of Maryland delivered impassioned and at times confusing testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and Economic Development on Wednesday in response to recommended budget cuts.
The 20-year-old Medicaid computer system is getting a $297 million upgrade, the Board of Public Works voted unanimously on Wednesday. [...more]
The House Judiciary Committee heard several bills dealing with gun permits this week. [...more]
February 22, 2012
The Maryland State Senate delayed debate on the same-sex marriage bill that cleared the Judiciary Proceedings Committee yesterday until Thursday morning, but a final vote is still expected by Friday. [...more]
February 21, 2012
Sen. James Brochin says spent nine months driving through a section of the Baltimore Beltway in his Towson district with a speed camera in a work zone that had no workers. He’s sponsoring a bill to require that cameras be used only when workers are present.
With a 7-4 vote, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Tuesday afternoon sent the bill allowing same-sex marriage to the full Senate, setting the stage for its full passage by the end of the week. [...more]