Browsing the "May 2012" Category

State Roundup, May 31, 2012

May 31st, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie

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.

State Roundup, May 30, 2012

May 30th, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie

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

State Roundup, May 29, 2012

May 29th, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie

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

State Roundup, May 25, 2012

May 25th, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie

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

State Roundup, May 24, 2012

May 24th, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie

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.

State Roundup, May 23, 2012

May 23rd, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie

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

State Roundup, May 22, 2012

May 22nd, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie

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

State Roundup, May 21, 2012

May 21st, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie

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

State Roundup, May 18, 2012

May 18th, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie

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

State Roundup, May 17, 2012

May 17th, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie

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

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