Tag: Neil Parrott

State Roundup: House of Delegates passes Kirwan education bill

Fifth Maryland case of covid-19 announced, as local advocates push for more help for elderly and homeless; Gov. Hogan set to hold another presser on the illness this afternoon; ban against discrimination based on natural hair set to pass; Maryland’s child support system could look to Colorado reforms for blueprint to overhaul; verbal sparring by legislative committee, lobbyist for Hogan over governor’s toll plan; and lawmakers push for changes to disclosure rules on police discipline records.

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Pro-gun legislators challenge O’Malley’s gun control proposal

With the first hearing on Gov. Martin O’Malley’s gun control package set for a Senate hearing Wednesday, pro-gun legislators are loading up their arguments against the proposals.

The lawmakers said that O’Malley’s proposed gun-licensing fees in SB281 could exceed $400 per person, bringing the dawn of a new era when “only rich people could afford guns.”

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Commentary: Redistricting map is a stain on the political process

When Del. Neil Parrott was gathering petition signatures to put congressional redistricting on the ballot so voters could overturn it, he found that all he needed to do was show people the map itself and they were ready to sign on.

That’s the same appalled reaction I found last week when I made a presentation on Question 5 to students and staff at the University of Maryland Baltimore. All they had to do was look at the map, particularly the lines for the 3rd Congressional District, to realize there was something very wrong.

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Online petition drives have made referendums easier

Maryland voters in November may face as many as three questions on the ballot to overturn laws passed by the General Assembly. Opponents of the third measure — a gerrymandered congressional district plan — are nearly halfway to reaching the signatures needed with a week left to go.

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