Duane Keenan filed this audio report on the two major issues moving to the House floor today, gambling expansion and liability for dog bites. Before the House Ways and Means Committee voted to lower the taxes for casinos in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City, he talked to Baltimore County Democratic Del. Emmett Burns and House Minority Leader Tony O’Donnell.
AARP and MarylandReporter.com sponsored a 6th District debate for all congressional candidates on Sunday. Duane Keenan was there and produced a podcast featuring the Republican candidates.
The candidates for the House of Representatives in the 6th Congressional District participated in two debates Sunday sponsored by AARP Maryland and MarylandReporter.com and held on the Germantown campus of Montgomery College.
Webcasts of the two debates will be available at MarylandReporter.com later today.
Some want Maryland to expand slot machine gambling, and one possible site is National Harbor in Prince George’s County. The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on the proposal Friday. Here is a podcast with a proponent of the new site, and opposition from the developer from the casino at Arundel Mills.
In this podcast, Senate President Mike Miller explains that progressive Democrats in his caucus demanded a higher tax on high earners. Minority Leader E.J. Pipkin says, “It will cost us jobs.”
“It’s class warfare,” said Sen. Bobby Zirkin in a second podcast. “It’s the worst instincts of the Democratic Party.”
Anti-abortion protesters flocked to Lawyers Mall on Monday to protest abortion and the laws surrounding the procedure. Duane Keenan attended and recorded this podcast.
With the state’s referendum laws in the spotlight for the first time in two decades, some legislators hope to close weaknesses in the referendum process that can open the door to fraud.
The House Ways and Means Committee heard testimony on a bill Wednesday that would adopt several measures implemented in other states to help ensure the validity of referendum petitions. We’ve got a story and a podcast.
The petition drive to repeal Maryland’s same-sex marriage law — which will be signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley today — is underway. Duane Keenan filed this podcast talking to organizers of the petition drive, headed up by the Maryland Marriage Alliance and backed by Del. Neil Parrott’s group MDPetitions.com.
Duane Keenan’s podcast from the final Senate debate on same-sex marriage includes Senate President Mike Miller’s remarks and some of the speech by openly gay Sen. Rich Madaleno.
The House Judiciary Committee heard several bills dealing with gun permits this week.
The House Judiciary Committee had a hearing a bill (HB350) that would lower the punishment for having small amounts of marijuana. Audio reporter Duane Keenan talked to its sponsor, Del. Luke Clippinger, about the impact of the bill.