Archive | State Roundup

State Roundup, March 19, 2014

March 19, 2014

Miller, Busch set aside crossover differences to get bills passed; state alters health-care signup, allowing those who start enrollment by March's end to finish later; bail system overhaul continues to vex lawmakers; small zoos get a break in wild animal bill; coalition seeks to amend wage bill to give tipped workers a raise; Senate OKs bill for higher pay for school construction workers; Sen. Edwards continues push to allow bow hunters to carry handguns; two Democratic gubernatorial candidates offer health insurance to some campaign workers while one offers monetary boost; and a GOP gubernatorial candidate is disqualified. [...more]

March 2014, State Roundup Comments (0)

State Roundup, March 18, 2014

March 18, 2014

On Monday, it was Crossover Day, it’s St. Patrick’s Day and it’s snowing: House pushes through medical marijuana and expanded pre-K among other bills before adjourning early, eliciting a reaction from Senate President Miller; medical marijuana bill would attempt to fix last year’s bill that proved unworkable; pre-K would be extended to 1,600 more kids; House also passes “shield” law to help those with misdemeanor violations get work; Senate passes hike in tax credits to film, TV production companies; bill to expand “medical apology” protection dies; health care signup deadline looms; data of some Marylanders with disabilities is hacked; gubernatorial candidate Hogan in Western Maryland; and Leggett introduces Montgomery operating budget. [...more]

March 2014, State Roundup Comments (0)

State Roundup, March 17, 2014

March 17, 2014

General Assembly revisits medical marijuana law to make it easier for patients to obtain the drug; Senate OKs decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana on a 36 to 8 vote; bill to ban gay conversion therapy withdrawn as sponsors hope to look into regulatory avenue instead; bill to slow Somerset County wind project OK'd in House; distracted driving bill also passes House; recent college computer hacking cases force schools to reassess their cyber security systems; teachers union backs Sen. Frosh for attorney general; gubernatorial candidates make lots of promises, but do they know how they will pay for them?; LaFerla challenges Sen. Harris over statements on Phosphorus Management Tool; some defendants charged by Baltimore City prosecutors find themselves detained longer with no court hearing; and someone poses as Mayor Rawlings-Blake for phony promises on Instagram account. [...more]

March 2014, State Roundup Comments (1)

State Roundup, March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014

Pot decriminalization, medical marijuana supporters converge on Annapolis to show support for legislation; House of Delegates OKs bill requiring retailers to let customers know when they are tracking via mobile phones; strongly supported House bill would require businesses who receive at least $50,000 in state aid to file a report on fund usage; Del. Smigiel stars in and a creates a controversy with open-carry firearms video; Senate OKs bill to require drivers to move over to avoid tow trucks at roadside emergencies; Senate backs bill to delay using Common Core tests to evaluate teachers; BWI workers seeking union rally in Annapolis, stage an arrest; Baltimore County to get partially elected school board; Baltimore City ministerial alliance backs Gansler for governor; and Baker introduces Prince George's budget. [...more]

March 2014, State Roundup Comments (0)

State Roundup, March 13, 2014

March 13, 2014

State Senate rejects Republican efforts at more cuts to O'Malley's budget, gives $39 billion spending plan preliminary approval; marijuana decriminalization bill gets Senate OK with two amendments aimed toward drug treatment; Goucher poll finds that legalization not supported as strongly as decriminalization; bill targets minors who seek access to gambling venues; legislation would penalize property owners who leave properties unkempt; House of Delegates backs bill to reform speed camera ticketing system; and on the gubernatorial campaign trail, Craig would roll back gun laws; Mizeur says more needs to be done to enroll people in Medicaid; Gansler ad portrays him as a fighter and Brown would keep 3% cap on college tuition hikes. [...more]

March 2014, State Roundup Comments (2)

State Roundup, March 12, 2014

March 12, 2014

Sponsor of Holocaust reparations bills says he won't put funding of Purple Line at risk; amendments expected on pot decriminalization bill; legislation would require labeling of genetically modified food; resolution urges Washington Redskins' owner to change football team's name; in an effort to cut recidivism, legislation would shield some ex-offenders from background checks to get them back to work; local bills would revamp Baltimore City's liquor board, boost funding for Frederick County initiatives; Howard Dean PAC backs Mizeur for governor; and Gansler touts roots as he seeks to be state's first governor from Montgomery. [...more]

March 2014, State Roundup Comments (0)

State Roundup, March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014

Federal review of state's health exchange welcomed by both parties, even as Gov. O'Malley criticizes U.S. Rep. Harris for calling for probe; senators seeks to stall implementation of added phosphorus regulations; GOP lawmakers object to attempt to lift statute of limitation on using handgun in commission of a crime; lawmakers ponder creation of state retirement plan for private employees; testimony refutes contention that rail company willingly and for profit transported Jews to death camps during World War II; Natural Resource Department finally gets its secretary; and U.S. Rep. Ruppersberger gets a primary foe. [...more]

March 2014, State Roundup Comments (0)

State Roundup, March 10, 2014

March 10, 2014

U.S. Rep. Harris says a federal inspector general will probe Maryland's troubled health insurance exchange; House of Delegates OKs minimum wage hike; Senate Budget Committee seeks to fill budget hole, saves Chesapeake Bay cleanup fund; House overwhelmingly agrees to cut the estate tax, arriving at the federal level in 2019. Del. Mizeur speaks out against the cut; House panel to take up issue of banning Holocaust-connected business from doing business with the state; state's top court stands firm on decision to give defendants attorney at initial bail review; distracted drivers, pit bull liability and pot decriminalization get votes; legislation would afford more protection for health professionals who apologize for care; and Democratic gubernatorial candidates address education issues in Baltimore City. [...more]

March 2014, State Roundup Comments (0)

State Roundup, March 7, 2014

March 7, 2014

O'Malley to seek to restore provision to tie minimum-wage increase to inflation; meanwhile, O'Malley speaks with group of business owners who say higher minimum-wage is good for their businesses; drop in online sales, sluggish economy and weather all blamed for cut in state revenue projections; fees on pesticides could be raised to pay for studies into their use; House passes legislation to tighten protections from domestic violence; legislation seeks to keep privacy laws in step with new technologies utilized by law enforcement; bill could keep some taxi-like services from PSC regulation; after 40 years in politics, Liz Bobo prepares to retire; and Gansler once again goes after O'Malley administration over health exchange problems. [...more]

March 2014, State Roundup Comments (0)

State Roundup, March 6, 2014

March 6, 2014

House rejects attempts to amend minimum wage bill, appears ready to pass it on Friday despite a bit of contention during hearing; House committee kills bill that would repeal the state's stormwater fee; federal GAO intends to look at state health exchanges, could give Maryland's the once-over; senator proposes single-payer health system similar to Vermont's; lawyers line up on both sides of bill to cap non-economic damages for catastrophic injuries; Frederick County sheriff's raise finds an opponent in immigration advocate; Brown, Gansler to begin rolling out campaign commercials; and Post assesses Leggett's charges about Duncan's record. [...more]

March 2014, State Roundup Comments (0)