Author: Cynthia Prairie

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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State Roundup, February 16, 2011

The Sun editorial board writes on gay marriage; legislation introduced banning the death penalty; O’Malley pushes septic system controls; Brochin bill would ban reading text messages while driving; O’Malley backs closing finance loophole that helped him raise funds; Cordish files $600 million defamation suit; fishermen divided over netting ban following 12 tons of poaching; and redistricting issue heats up in Harford and Baltimore City.

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State Roundup, February 15, 2011

On the gay marriage front: University of Maryland activists are targeting Sen. Jim Rosapepe from Prince George’s, where the delegation is almost evenly split for and against; Marc Steiner hosted a discussion on the issue; while two Baltimore County senators now say they will vote for it; and there’s coverage of the Valentine’s Day rally. President Obama mixed budget news and education priorities as he chatted with science and technology students at Parkville Middle; bill aims to close the loopholes on texting while driving; one delegate will vote for medical marijuana, on condition; transportation panel wants to lock down trust fund, create new revenue streams; former Prince George’s Exec Jack Johnson indicted, more charges are expected in bribery, corruption probe.

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State Roundup, February 14, 2011

Sending out lots of news this Valentine’s Day: Obama visits a Parkville school; a death row on hold puts crime survivors and convicts in limbo; same sex marriage rally expected today; Annapolis considers sharing of juvie, ed records; two O’Malley bills high on environmentally forward list; disabled folks rally for dime-a-drink tax; tons more poached fish found, ending netting season early; Baker had no honeymoon in Prince George’s; complaint against Ulman dismissed; and Howard government workers get union option.

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State Roundup, February 10, 2011

The state’s growing and changing demographics will be the talk of the town for a while as Maryland population grows larger and more diverse, although Baltimore city’s declines; gay marriage is still the hottest topic in Annapolis — Sen. Jim Brochin finds the anti-gay testimony “appalling,” and will likely change his stand; slots now proposed for BWI; under pressure, Del. Curt Anderson drops Tea Party affiliation; Pat McDonough says he’ll challenge Dutch in Congress; and Pepco chief to forgo bonus bucks.

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