Archive | March 2012

State Roundup, March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012

O'Malley commutes two murderers' sentences; health care reform moves forward in Maryland despite the U.S. Supreme Court case; $1.1 billion capital budget passes Senate; gay marriage supporters highlight opponents' tactics; offshore wind nears vote; O'Malley endorses Garagiola for 6th District; GOP U.S. Senate hopefuls debate in Anne Arundel. [...more]

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State Roundup, March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012

Poll finds slim majority back repeal of gay marriage law, caution on fracking; local fishermen, DNR and feds team up for Bay spring cleaning; Supreme Court ruling on Obama's health care plan could affect Maryland's exchanges; Brown says O'Malley administration had nothing to do with State Center amendment; utility surcharge killed; Ron Paul visits state; campaigns for U.S. Sen. Cardin's seat picking up; In the 6th, U.S. Rep. Bartlett says crowded GOP field benefits him, O'Malley to support Garagiola; and Delaney comes on strong. [...more]

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State Roundup, March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012

Despite teacher pension shift, state still remains burdened under $19 billion; human trafficking bills stump lawmakers; Senate passes bill for casino in Prince George's; State Center controversy arises anew with legislation over public-private partnerships; petition could O'Malley's redistricting plan on November ballot; 6th Congressional race continues to grab headlines with GOP debate, profile of Dem Milad Pooran and interview with Rob Garagiola; and GOP pres candidate Newt Gingrich stumps in Maryland. [...more]

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State Roundup, March 27, 2012

March 27, 2012

House passes bill to provide health coverage to 700,000 uninsured, OKs bill to set up public-private partnerships, passes 7.5% tax for natural gas extraction and says yes to money making on fantasy games; MTA to ask for new E-Z Pass transponder contract; Dems in 6th District Congressional race attend forum; ethics complaint filed against one – state Sen. Garagiola; and the Arundel police chief appears before council, but refuses to speak on County Exec Leopold. [...more]

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State Roundup, March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012

O'Malley moving toward privatization of some government facilities; House passes budget that includes income tax hike for upper incomes; education spending law requires maintenance of effort; bills would require sprinklers in new homes; 6th District Congressional race heating up with debates, money tallies; Maryland ranks 3rd for women; and early voting starts. [...more]

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State Roundup, March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012

Eleven hours, blaring horns and scores of failed amendments bring the House budget and other controversial bills ready for a final vote; Prince George's Council puts together casino demands; state could stop owning slot machines; online ethics disclosure for state and county candidates closer to approval; assembly members examine priorities for last two weeks of session; Gingrich coming to Annapolis on Tuesday. [...more]

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State Roundup, March 22, 2012

March 22, 2012

Lawmakers consider cutting penalties for pot possession; bill that would mandate collection of abortion data protested as unhelpful; O'Malley's planned purchase of historic Annapolis post office called a bad investment; O'Malley's redistricting efforts seen as a boost to presidential aspirations; Republican 8th Congressional District candidates discuss issues; lots of 6th District coverage: Delaney on WYPR, Pooran donates to campaign, Brinkley and Afzali release ads; Romney's Arbutus visit draws lots of attention; Arundel police chief acknowledges “possible violation” in information gathering, seeks help in Leopold probe; and judge upholds Arundel council's removal of councilman. [...more]

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State Roundup, March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012

Senate Pres Miller predicts tax hikes next year if House budget plan passes; same-sex marriage foes offer petition gathering training; O'Malley's septic bill hits Senate floor; fracking fee passes House; Romney's Arbutus visit puts Maryland on GOP map; Milad Pooran getting noticed by columnists; Arundel Council to question police chief over Leopold scandal. [...more]

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State Roundup, March 20, 2012

March 20, 2012

House panel cuts tax hikes to some in contentious session; columnist slams Sen. Zirkin for sounding like a Republican; education funding bill could hit House floor today; bill would put oral chemo drugs on same footing as IV chemotherapy; O'Malley's India trip looks like a success; Arundel councilman breaks deadlock over Daryl Jones' replacement; and NAACP urges Arundel council to investigate County Exec Leopold's actions. [...more]

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State Roundup, March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012

Two Maryland House committees will begin taking up the state budget this week; County Exec Baker pushes for casino in Prince George's and finds an unlikely ally in the competition; income tax credit sought for vineyards and winemakers; tweeting becomes new way for state lawmakers to discuss issues; O'Malley defends family's use of Ravens skybox; fantasy sports leagues may have a shot at legitimacy; Sen. Mikulski now the longest-serving woman in Congress; and Romney to come to Maryland. [...more]

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