| Jan 9, 2013
| 5:53 PM
The day is largely ceremonial.
Yet, sometimes, the opening day of the Maryland General Assembly sets the tone for the rest of the session.
And even though Gov. Martin O’Malley told the House of Delegates on Wednesday that this is “going to...
| Jan 12, 2013
I was in Hagerstown last month meeting with Sens. Christopher Shank and David Brinkley, Dels. LeRoy Myers and Neil Parrott, and business leaders in Washington County. The general consensus is that we are all disgusted with the utter and complete...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 5:19 PM
Surrounded by a phalanx of legislators and death penalty opponents, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley announced Tuesday that his office will make a firm push to repeal the death penalty in the state this legislative session.
“The death penalty...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 6:26 PM
Washington County’s Winebrenner Wastewater Treatment Plant will receive $9.1 million for miscellaneous improvements while Hagerstown Community College is slated to get $4.5 million dollars for an expansion of its student center as part of the 2014...
| Dec 29, 2012
| 1:47 PM
Editor’s note: As we usher out 2012 and welcome 2013, The Herald-Mail has prepared a package of year-end stories that provide short recaps of some of the top stories of the year past.
These stories will be published each day through New Year’...
| Jan 6, 2013
| 2:01 PM
The 2013 Maryland General Assembly session begins Wednesday in Annapolis.
Washington County legislators said this year’s session likely will be dominated by gun-related bills in the aftermath of a shooting last month at an elementary school in...
| May 17, 2013
| 4:00 AM
The Correctional Officers’ Bill of Rights, which was sponsored by a former Washington County senator and signed into law in 2010, is getting fresh scrutiny in the aftermath of a scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center, where 13 female...
| May 9, 2013
| 7:12 PM
Washington County state lawmakers gathered Thursday night at a public forum to discuss the recently concluded session of the Maryland General Assembly and answer questions from the public.
About 60 people showed up Thursday evening at the Hagerstown...
| Apr 28, 2013
| 2:55 PM
Some Washington County lawmakers are calling for another look at the state prison system and how the prisons are run after federal charges were filed against 13 female corrections officers, seven inmates and five others with alleged gang ties last week at...
| Apr 21, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Washington County’s state legislators said that the 2013 session of the Maryland General Assembly was a productive one for the county, with many delegation bills being approved.
The county also got a $1.55 million share of a wealth-based grant...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 4:12 PM
A move to repeal the death penalty in Maryland took another step forward with the state Senate voting 27-20 on Wednesday to abolish capital punishment.
Every legislator in the Washington County delegation is against the repeal except Sen. Ronald N....
| Apr 8, 2013
| 8:28 PM
Legislators in Annapolis spent a marathon day Monday in sessions spread throughout the day and the evening as they addressed business one last time before the Maryland General Assembly adjourned at midnight.
Republican lawmakers from Washington County...