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State Roundup, March 27, 2015

March 27th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Budget sails through the Senate without opposition; Miller pledges to work with Hogan on tax relief; Gov. Hogan wants to add 100 troopers; Patti Saylor testifies for self-advocates; self-driving vehicle bill comes to complete stop; Maryland Dem chair Yvette Lewis to step down; Obama nominates Xinis to federal bench; and state Crime Control spokesman Toohey, former governors’ photog Tomlinson die


State Roundup, March 26, 2015

March 26th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Miller says Senate will now cooperate with Hogan on some of his agenda; but Hogan's charter school bill is gutted in the Senate; Baltimore looks for its own U.S. Senate candidate, as other groups assess Van Hollen, Edwards; comptroller engineers voluntary ban on powdered alcohol; port company gets tax break that surprises Baltimore; gun law on appeal; senator attempts to squelch PG tax increase; fly bill swatted down; phosphorus compromise moves forward; snow day waivers and more.


State Roundup, March 25, 2015

March 25th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Different versions of fracking limits pass the Senate and House; Gov. Hogan gets warm welcome for business-friendly message and claims progress on Bay; covering fertilization procedures for same-sex couples passes Senate and House; Uber goes up against the taxi companies; online travel companies lose battle in Senate; increasing judges retirement age advances; Maryland gun control law to heard in federal appeals court; traffic deaths at historic low; opinionating on charter schools, opioids and marijuana; and happy Maryland Day


State Roundup, March 24, 2015

March 24th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan’s budget continues to work its way toward final passage; it was Crossover Day yesterday and it is again today; House votes to eliminate some mandatory sentences; death with dignity and charter school legislation to the fore; Hogan and congressional delegation agree to press for FBI HQ; ban on powdered alcohol proposed; and Raskin is running for Congress


State Roundup, March 23, 2015

March 23rd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Senate votes “rain tax” relief; It’s Crossover Day and several bills, including a drunk driving measure, are looking stranded; chicken guano is getting a lot of attention; a bill providing oversight on fees for public information moves forward; fracking bills move forward; Senate expected to make major changes to Hogan charter school bill; O’Malley takes populist message to Iowa; and Gov. Hogan hits the ravioli at St. Leo’s


State Roundup, March 20, 2015

March 20th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Senate panel OKs Hogan budget followed by full House approval. Republicans find reasons to rejoice; lawmakers consider major rewrite of Maryland public records law; environmentalists aren’t opposing bill that would repeal rain tax; amendment to weaken fracking bill killed, bill to have state prosecutor probe police killings dies in committee; Hogan backs bill to shield some criminal records; and once-censored Sen. Currie honored with Senate award, as are Sen. Ed Kasemeyer and former Sen. David Brinkley, now budget secretary.


State Roundup, March 19, 2015

March 19th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

 House of Delegates give initial OK to budget, restoring education funding, state worker raises; Hogan administration, General Assembly reach compromise on chicken manure legislation; bill would extend fertility benefits to lesbian couples; legislation would add human trafficking as a defense in prostitution charge; Van Hollen switches on Social Security; Del. Jay Walker considers congressional run; and Emily’s List backs Rep. Edwards in race for Sen. Mikulski’s seat


State Roundup, March 18, 2015

March 18th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Hogan panel hears from advocates, addicts on scope of heroin problem in Maryland; senator seeks delay in fracking liability bill; bill would begin to restore public campaign financing fund; lawmakers hope to smooth the way for craft distilleries; Washington County lawmakers seek to stem black fly problem; and after numerous delays, confirmation of Hogan nominee for higher ed secretary now in doubt


State Roundup, March 17, 2015

March 17th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Bill to give voting rights to ex-felons upon release passes state Senate; House and Senate are “largely in agreement” over Hogan budget cuts and restoration; sunshine act update would establish compliance board, unify costs and processes for public information; approval of nominee to higher ed secretary again delayed after panel receives more complaints; 3 new delegates sworn in; Tom McMillen out as UM Regent; and DNR seeks 2-week extension to oyster harvest


State Roundup, March 16, 2015

March 16th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

House committee recommends hike in school funding, employee COLA, restoration of programs to the poor; police accountability comes to the forefront at House committee hearing; bill to allow state to explore prison sentencing reform moves forward; Senate committee sets firm deadline for Shore farmers to end overuse of chicken fertilizer; constitutional amendment to end election of trial judges put on hold till next year; some Maryland lawmakers concerned about misuse of new powdered alcohol product; Gov. Hogan names three to fill House of Delegates seats; U.S. Rep. Sarbanes touts federal campaign financing bill; geography could play leading role in campaign for Mikulski’s Senate seat; former Councilwoman Turner, Del. Peña-Melnyk to run for Edwards’ U.S. House seat; former Del. Smigiel considers run for Harris’ U.S. House seat; and will of late Clerk of Court Conaway is missing



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