Author: Cynthia Prairie

State Roundup, February 24, 2011

Gay marriage bill passes initial Senate vote with a few amendments; final vote expected today before it goes to the House; Miller irked by number of amendments offered; bill expected to easily pass the House although one delegate wants to put it up for referendum; all this is occurring while Obama decides to pull back from defending Defense of Marriage Act’s constitutionality; O’Malley proposes incentives to lure wind turbine makers; bill to halt rivals’ interference in slots licensing likely to pass; bill would raise penalties in some fatal driving charges; state retains AAA bond rating; and Howard Exec and MACo chief Ulman to appear on Rodricks to talk government issues.

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State Roundup, February 23, 2011

The Senate will take up debate on gay marriage beginning at 10 a.m. today — expect it to be a long session that could continue into tomorrow; six senators propose “Maryland First” budget of tax hikes to restore funds to schools, health care and roads; legislators working across party lines to legalize medical marijuana; bill would add cameras to catch drivers who pass school buses as well as hike fines and add points; Gladden testifies to change name of mountain; ICC opens to traffic; and rockfish net season reopened for short while.

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State Roundup, February 22, 2011

Ribbon cutting for the ICC, Ehrlich attends, but no cars till after today’s snows; another dime-a-drink bill introduced — this one wouldn’t direct funds to health care; resolution to rename mountains to get hearing; some see septic proposal as anti-rural; bill would force insurer to directly pay ambulance provider; Clagett named to bays panel; and Johnson’s own words aided FBI.

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State Roundup, February 21, 2011

Mooney issues “action alert” to sway undecideds against gay marriage; French firm in MARC bid target of two bills seeking disclosure over involvement in Holocaust; quarter of Marylanders who register to vote at MVA aren’t added to the rolls; Miller expects drink tax to pass; bill targets mega-poachers; Frederick fees rejected in Annapolis; O’Malley takes a swipe at GOP while at DGA; ICC set to open; State Farm, SHA team up to put more emergency vehicles on road; Glendening reconsiders position on life without parole; Jockey Club fails to submit financial reports; cow naming controversy on the Eastern Shore; and long-time supporters of ex-Prince George’s Exec Johnson bear burden of their backing.

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State Roundup, February 17, 2011

Young immigrants offer emotional appeals for in-state college tuition bill; O’Malley defends high-tech startup fund before House and Senate panels; House hearing on gay marriage set for next Friday; meanwhile Sen. Currie says he’ll vote against bill; Franchot blasts Ed Dept over cost estimates of his financial literacy curriculum; opposition mounts to septic system curbs; Harford Dems reject seat on GOP districting panel; and Prince George’s residents grow weary of county reputation.

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