Category: Podcasts

Audio: Gaming expansion criticized and major changes to pit bull legislation

Duane Keenan filed this audio report on the two major issues moving to the House floor today, gambling expansion and liability for dog bites. Before the House Ways and Means Committee voted to lower the taxes for casinos in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City, he talked to Baltimore County Democratic Del. Emmett Burns and House Minority Leader Tony O’Donnell.

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Podcast: Slots pushed for National Harbor

Some want Maryland to expand slot machine gambling, and one possible site is National Harbor in Prince George’s County. The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on the proposal Friday. Here is a podcast with a proponent of the new site, and opposition from the developer from the casino at Arundel Mills.

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Podcasts: Miller, “I needed to get 24 votes” on the tax hike; Pipkin, “It will cost us jobs”

In this podcast, Senate President Mike Miller explains that progressive Democrats in his caucus demanded a higher tax on high earners. Minority Leader E.J. Pipkin says, “It will cost us jobs.”

“It’s class warfare,” said Sen. Bobby Zirkin in a second podcast. “It’s the worst instincts of the Democratic Party.”

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Bill would close loopholes in referendum law

With the state’s referendum laws in the spotlight for the first time in two decades, some legislators hope to close weaknesses in the referendum process that can open the door to fraud.

The House Ways and Means Committee heard testimony on a bill Wednesday that would adopt several measures implemented in other states to help ensure the validity of referendum petitions. We’ve got a story and a podcast.

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Podcast: Same-sex marriage petition drive starts

The petition drive to repeal Maryland’s same-sex marriage law — which will be signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley today — is underway. Duane Keenan filed this podcast talking to organizers of the petition drive, headed up by the Maryland Marriage Alliance and backed by Del. Neil Parrott’s group MDPetitions.com.

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