House approves changes to Open Meetings Act

March 6, 2013

The House of Delegates in a 125-10 vote Tuesday approved changes in the Open Meetings Act to boost penalties and establish other requirements. But one delegate complained that the changes didn't go far enough, and would penalize the citizens it was designed to help. [...more]

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Watered down Open Meetings bill gets preliminary approval in House

February 28, 2013

Two bills to beef up requirements of the Open Meetings Act got preliminary approval in the House of Delegates Wednesday, but one had been watered down in the Health and Government Operations Committee. [...more]

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Initiatives to increase Open Meetings Act compliance approved by House subcommittee

February 22, 2013

Two bills trying to increase compliance with Open Meetings Act were approved by the Government Operations Subcommittee Thursday. [...more]

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Proposals to reinforce Open Meetings compliance face hearing

February 6, 2013

Bills to increase compliance with the Open Meetings Act by public bodies in Maryland and stiffen penalties for violating the law will get a hearing Thursday afternoon in the House Health and Government Operations Committee. One of the bills, sponsored by Del. Dan Morhaim who chairs the Government Operations Subcommittee, is significantly different than what initially reported in January. [...more]

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Penalties for closed meetings have bipartisan support

January 24, 2013

Del. Dan Morhaim, D-Baltimore County, introduced a bill Thursday that grants additional enforcement powers to the Open Meetings Compliance Board, allowing it to levy fines and provide court testimony against government bodies that illegally deny people access to public events. This bipartisan legislation, HB331, has 18 co-sponsors, including House Majority Leader Kumar Barve and 10 other Democrats and Minority Leader Tony O’Donnell and six other Republicans. [...more]

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Legislation would create fines for violating Open Meetings Act

January 7, 2013

Del. Dan Morhaim, chairman of the Government Operations subcommittee, plans on introducing a bill to beef up the regulatory powers of the Open Meetings Compliance Board, allowing it to fine public bodies for illegally closing meetings. The civil penalties could be up to $1,000 for the first offense and up to $10,000 for a third offense. [...more]

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Republican lawmakers again get high grades from business group

July 5, 2012

Republican members of the Maryland General Assembly, as usual, got A-pluses from Maryland Business for Responsive Government, but some Democrats improved their scores as well. [...more]

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Republicans try to create a state inspector general

March 13, 2012

Republicans in the General Assembly are proposing a constitutional amendment to create an elected state inspector general to root out waste, fraud and financial problems in state agencies. [...more]

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State, local financing help Owings Mills Metro project leave the station

July 27, 2011

Thanks to the intervention of the Maryland Department of Transportation, ground will be broken Thursday for the first building in the long-stalled $220 million Metro Centre at Owings Mills project. A transit-oriented development at Baltimore County’s Owings Mills Metro station, the project has been in the works since 2000. Disputes over building logistics and price, as well as increases in construction costs delayed it for more than a decade. [...more]

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Medical marijuana gets late-session push from Senate committee

April 5, 2010

By Andy Rosen The full Senate will take up a measure to allow Maryland doctors to prescribe medicinal marijuana to their patients, as lawmakers make a late-session push for the proposal that had languished for months. On Monday, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee signed off on a medicinal marijuana bill that Sen. Jamie Raskin, […] [...more]

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