| Mar 14, 2013
| 6:22 PM
The Washington County delegation’s efforts to secure a share of a wealth-based grant were rewarded Thursday when a key Senate committee voted to approve a measure that could bring about $1.55 million to the county’s general fund for fiscal...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 7:47 PM
A bill by the Washington County delegation that would expand the definition of amusement devices such as a videogame or a pool table to include those not activated by coins was heard by the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.
A similar bill...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 5:06 PM
Gov. Martin O’Malley testified Thursday at hearings in front of the House and Senate judicial committees in support of his bill to repeal the death penalty, but a majority of Washington County legislators still support the death penalty.
| Jan 29, 2013
| 6:58 PM
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals said in a 2011 judgment that a driver could not be charged for fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer if that officer was in an unmarked car with lights or sirens.
Del Neil Parrott, R-Washington, said Tuesday...
| Mar 3, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Maryland currently doesn’t have a requirement that high school students take an online class as a condition for graduation.
Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, said he thinks it’s time for such a requirement.
“Hearing from the...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 1:05 PM
Washington County lawmakers expressed cautious optimism after looking at Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s budget for fiscal year 2014, a spending plan that lists total aid to the county at about $199 million.
That figure is 4.6 percent more...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 8:02 PM
A bill that would enable Washington County to enter into agreements with technology-related businesses to let them make payments in lieu of personal property taxes was heard Tuesday at a Senate Budget and Taxation Committee hearing.
| Jan 8, 2013
| 5:09 PM
Delegates and senators hustled in and out of their offices near the Maryland State House. Maintenance workers scurried around. Television news crews set up their cameras.
Prepping was in full swing Tuesday for the Maryland General Assembly 90-day...
| 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...