Archive | May 2012

State Roundup, May 31, 2012

May 31, 2012

Panel to study impact of court ruling on pit bulls; investors hope lawmakers will consider slots along the Potomac in next special session; auditors find lottery agency failed to collect on broken slots machines; Lt. Gov. Brown gets married; former Gov. Ehrlich to headline U.S. Rep. Bartlett fundraiser; and St. Mary's OKs spending plan. [...more]

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State Roundup, May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012

Opponents of same-sex marriage collect twice the number of signatures on petitions for referendum, and some say Obama's support of gays helped their cause; hour for hour, O'Malley makes a lot of time for DGA work; Maryland Live! casino readies to open its doors even as controversy and support surrounds proposed Prince George's facility; Blaine Young says he's “testing” the political waters in considering run for governor; state gets waiver to No Child Left Behind; federal judge orders Henson fined $1 million. [...more]

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State Roundup, May 29, 2012

May 29, 2012

Same-sex marriage opponents say they'll have more than enough petition signatures; gambling expansion an issue that Gov. O'Malley couldn't avoid; It's not just pit bulls: Maryland's General Assembly has used its power to adjusted other court rulings; Gingrich offers O'Malley advice on presidential run; Blaine Young announces run for governor; and county budgets finally coming together. [...more]

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State Roundup, May 25, 2012

May 25, 2012

Maryland Republicans say no to special session on gambling; marriage equality polling finds overwhelming support while rally is planned in Cumberland; ratepayers can delay using smart meters; convention held by shopping center organization draws big numbers from Maryland governments; Lt. Gov. Brown launches new funder website; and Gov. O'Malley to meet Newt Gingrich on TV. [...more]

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State Roundup, May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012

Revamped PlanMaryland gets thumbs up from Frederick County officials; religious leaders hope to counter anti-DREAM Act efforts; two lawmakers want constitutional amendment to put transportation issues in voters' hands; audit critical of local social service agencies; O'Malley signs “green hotel” legislation; state continues to tackle help for juveniles; and BPW agrees on major school construction effort, but delays first-responder network. [...more]

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State Roundup, May 23, 2012

May 23, 2012

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce expresses concern over the effect the new income tax rates will have on Montgomery County, which has the highest number of high-earners in the state; Gov. O'Malley signs a slew of bills including one to keep arsenic out of chick feed and changes to PlanMaryland; Del. McDonough says he wants more rec centers in Baltimore City as officials say they'll step up police coverage of Inner Harbor; some ratepayers don't want smart meters; and 3rd parties to push for ballot space. [...more]

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State Roundup, May 22, 2012

May 22, 2012

O'Malley names 11 to gambling work group, which could lead to July 9 special session; O'Malley to sign hundreds of bills into law today; state works to attack human trafficking problem; Cordish warns of casino over-saturation; foes and pros see benefits to NAACP support of same-sex marriage; Del. McDonough continues drumbeat on Baltimore crime, calls for mayor to step down; and Arundel Council praises police, but not its chief, for cut in crime rate. [...more]

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State Roundup, May 21, 2012

May 21, 2012

The Maryland Court of Appeals rules that Maryland must recognize same-sex marriages from other states in case of two women seeking a divorce. Some marriage equality proponents see hope in ruling; NAACP votes to back gay marriage; just a week after first special session, no one is looking forward to a second one; O'Malley likely to sign ban on arsenic in chicken feed; McDonough keeps a steady beat against “roving mobs of black youths;” Franchot talks run for governor; and who won in the last session: VA's McDonnell or MD's O'Malley? [...more]

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State Roundup, May 18, 2012

May 18, 2012

Lawmakers aren't ruling out raising taxes next year; counties complain of costly teacher pension shift; pit bull issue will be brought up – but when?; Del. McDonough continues rant against Baltimore City “mobs of black youth,” and begins to draw fire himself; Treasury secretary speaks at GBC; interim Maryland labor secretary named; and Baltimore County braces for personnel cuts. [...more]

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State Roundup, May 17, 2012

May 17, 2012

New budget deal overturns “doomsday” scenario, adding tax hikes for 14% of Marylanders, shifting some of the teacher pension burden to counties and hiking some other fees, while Republicans and some Democrats protest the moves; Gov. O'Malley promises second special session devoted to gambling – and pit bull legislation just may be addressed then; Del. McDonough draws fire over “roving mobs of black youths” warning to Inner Harbor tourists; and O'Malley heads to New Hampshire Dem convention. [...more]

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