Tag: Joseph Getty

UPDATE: Expanded union rights for private state contractors passes Senate

As governors and legislatures in the Midwest battle over rolling back collective bargaining rights for government workers, Maryland lawmakers are on the verge of establishing more union rights for private home health aides paid by the state. The Senate gave final approval to the bill Friday afternoon in a 31 to 16 vote with several Democrats joining the dozen Republicans opposing the bill.

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Novelty lighter ban enflames one senator

Debate lit up the Senate Wednesday over an attempt to ban lighters shaped as cartoon characters or other objects that might appeal to youngsters. Sen. Allan Kittleman, Howard-Carroll, wound up debating two of his Republican colleagues in his usual attempt to keep the state from over-regulating the lives of its citizens and businesses.

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Senate committee approves medical marijuana use, ignition locking for drunk drivers and deadline for governor’s commutations

In a marathon voting session on almost 50 bills to meet a Tuesday deadline for action , the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Thursday approved:

? the use of medical marijuana overseen by a new commission;

? mandatory ignition locking devices for almost all people convicted of drunk driving;

? a new 180-day deadline for the governor to act on parole board recommendations commuting the sentences for prisoners who had served more than 25 years of their life terms.

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