MarylandReporter.com begins its first legislative session with four State House reporters

MarylandReporter.com announced Wednesday that it has brought on two additional reporters to help cover the 2010 legislative session, bringing the nonprofit news site’s State House team to four members in its first full year of operation. The new additions will give the organization one of the largest reporting contingents in Annapolis. MarylandReporter.com, based in Columbia and Annapolis, was launched in October by Editor and Publisher Len Lazarick and Associate Editor Andy Rosen, and now adds staff writers Natalie Neumann and Erich Wagner. The site produces several pieces of original staff reporting every weekday, in the form of text, audio and video. The organization makes its content available for reuse or reprint, free of charge to news organizations, Web sites and the general public.

Smigiel has big share of prefiled bills

The House of Delegates begins the legislative session today with 89 bills and resolutions ready to be considered. One delegate in the 144-member chamber can take responsibility for nearly 15 percent of them.

Partisan rancor colors contentious session

If the dueling presentations by two General Assembly leaders that startled a meeting of county officials Friday was a taste of fights to come, the legislative session starting today promises to be contentious, partisan and painful.

Finger-pointing accusations will soon replace back-slapping camaraderie. Lawmakers are heading into an election year when the electorate is wary and many voters are angry and unemployed.