Tag: Senate

O’Malley redistricting plan passes Senate, goes to House

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s congressional redistricting plan is whizzing toward enactment, as the Senate passed the map Tuesday 33-13 with one Democrat and all dozen Republicans in the body voting against it.The House Rules Committee quickly passed the measure with little discussion on a party-line 18-5 vote, with all Democrats voting for the bill. The House plans several hours of debate Wednesday.

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Blog: Bill to allow discrimination lawsuits faces strong opposition

A bill to grant the right for people discriminated against in places of public accommodation — like restaurants, theatres and hotels — is being smothered by Senate amendments seeking to water down the bill.

On Tuesday, Democratic Senate leaders and committee chairmen joined Republicans in passing an amendment by Sen. Allan Kittleman, R-Howard-Carroll, to study the measure. The amendment will be reconsidered Wednesday, but Senate President Mike Miller told proponents they might want to find some alternative to passing the bill, which has had prolonged debate on five different days.

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VIDEO: 2011 Senate session begins

Felicia Howard talked with new and old Senate leaders after the first General Assembly session opened on Wednesday. Speaking with President Pro Tem Nathaniel McFadden and freshman Sen. Ronald Young, Howard discussed historic relevance and plans for the 90-day session.

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Election produces little change in state legislature compared to rest of nation

Tuesday’s election did not alter the Maryland General Assembly in a major way, though Republicans did pick up six seats in the House of Delegates and they lost two in the Senate.

House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller, the Democratic presiding officers, said they expected little change in their chambers or their leadership teams, including committee chairs.

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Updated: Senate ditches local earmark bills

The Senate has decided to stop approving in future years the local bond bills that serve as the state’s version of legislative earmarks, as it passed this year’s capital budget over to the House on Wednesday.

As the senators took up the state’s capital spending Tuesday — the portion of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s budget that largely uses borrowed money to pay for projects like roads and schools — two amendments came up targeting the $15 million that lawmakers divvy up to send back to their districts.

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