Tag: Luiz Simmons

Gun control debate shows divide between two cultures

The debate and vote on a sweeping new gun control measure that establishes a stringent licensing regime for handguns reflected a sharp split between two different cultures in Maryland. One shuns guns as instruments of violence and the other embraces them as essential to freedom and safety.

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Public-Private Partnership Bill passes after hot debate over relaxed procurement rules

The House of Delegates hotly debated the Public-Private Partnership Bill before passing it 119-19 on Friday.

The administration bill, HB560, establishes guidelines for how the state can partner with private businesses to deliver infrastructure projects without following the usual procurement process. The legislation also sets up the process that the Board of Public Works will be required to follow in relation to public-private partnership (P3) proposals.

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Delegates betting on expanded gambling for more state revenues

With a bleak economy, no new revenues coming in, and a reluctance to raise taxes, legislators are wagering that new gambling bills will help the state find more money. The House Ways and Means Committee spent all Tuesday afternoon listening to nine proposals to expand or modify gambling in the state, including allowing table games at slots casinos and permitting slots in every bar, tavern and veterans hall.

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