Md. lawmakers look to ban untraceable guns in next session

With about a month until the 2019 legislature convenes on Jan. 9, the new Democratic House of Delegates majority leader is looking to continue the progress made last session on gun violence prevention by banning 3D and ghost guns in the state.  House Majority Leader Kathleen Dumais, D-Montgomery, said she will be introducing a bill banning the possession of 3D-printed guns — plastic guns capable of shooting live ammunition and made in a 3D printer — and ghost guns — nearly complete and without serial numbers — in Maryland. Federal law already prohibits the creation of untraceable guns.

Chesapeake debris cleanup presses on, months after storms

A small crew from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is making the Bay safe for boating after a summer of epic rains flushed untold amounts of debris into its waters. As of Sept. 27, DNR crews had removed 140,680 pounds of storm-related debris from navigable waters in the Bay. But the work was far from done.

Not quite a legislative facebook: Printable photos of senators, delegates

The fresh crop of newly elected senators and delegates began two days of orientation at the State House Wednesday. The poster above by the Department of Legislative Services is the first compilation of the 2019 Maryland General Assembly with names, districts and photos. A printable set of photos and districts is at the bottom of the story.

Newbies at the State House: Newly elected senators, delegates oriented

The fresh crop of newly elected senators and delegates began two days of orientation at the State House Wednesday. The poster above by the Department of Legislative Services is the first compilation of the 2019 Maryland General Assembly with names, districts and photos. A printable set of photos and districts is at the bottom of the story.

Commentary: Opioid epidemic started with the Civil War

Most of us don’t realize the first American opioid epidemic started in the Civil-war era with the invention of the hypodermic needle to administer morphine to injured soldiers. By the end of the conflict, the term “soldier’s disease” came into existence to describe post-war addicts.

Kirwan Commission to recommend billions more to raise teacher pay

The commission will be proposing a major bump in teach pay, raising pay for all Maryland public school teachers by 10% between 2020 and 2022, with a minimum teacher salary of $60,000 phased-in by 2024. The commission is also proposing a new career ladder for teachers and additional certifications for teachers under the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. This will raise average teacher pay in Maryland from the current $69,557 to $93,137 by 2029. In the final year of phase-in, the additional state spending is $1.3 billion, according to preliminary costs estimates by the Department of Legislative Services.