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Robert A. Zirkin

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  • State delays vote on expansion of Carroll Co. juvenile treatment facility

    State delays vote on expansion of Carroll Co. juvenile treatment facility
    A plan by the Department of Juvenile Services to double capacity at a privately run residential facility for young offenders was put off Wednesday after state officials expressed concern about the system "backsliding" toward larger, harder-to-manage...
  • Assembly moved quickly to pass bevy of landmark bills

    Assembly moved quickly to pass bevy of landmark bills
    This time last year, the Maryland General Assembly was mired in anger and confusion. The House and Senate were feuding over taxes and casino gambling. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch were butting heads....
  • Advocates for legal marijuana take first steps

    Advocates for legal marijuana take first steps
    As the Maryland Senate voted Tuesday to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, advocates for legalizing the drug saw an opening move in a multiyear effort to make it completely legal. "I think the taboo has been lifted on talking about...
  • Transportation needs gas tax revenue, says Howard's Turner

    Transportation needs gas tax revenue, says Howard's Turner
    Del. Frank Turner said he doesn't like increasing the gas tax, but "to do nothing is irresponsible." Turner, a Columbia Democrat, served as Democratic floor leader for the heated gas tax debate, which was eventually passed by the House of Delegates, 76 to...
  • Pit bull bill compromise unravels

    Pit bull bill compromise unravels
    A compromise in the General Assembly over legislation to undo a court ruling that declared pit bulls inherently dangerous has unraveled, turning what had appeared to be a settled issue into a dogfight between two veteran legislators. The breakdown in the...
  • Zirkin pipeline effort runs into PSC ambivalence

    Zirkin pipeline effort runs into PSC ambivalence
    Sen. Robert A. Zirkin called on a Senate committee Tuesday to approve legislation expanding the state Public Service Commission's role in overseeing the state's interstate natural gas pipelines -- including one running alongside his Owing Mills home....
  • Pipeline regulation bill dies in House

    A House committee has killed a bill that would have imposed state safety regulations on interstate natural gas pipelines that run through Maryland after concerns were raised whether they would conflict with federal law. The Economic Matters Committee...
  • Balto. Co. panel votes against elected school board members

    A legislative task force considering ways to improve the selection of Baltimore County school board members abruptly decided Friday to rule out recommending the addition of any elected board members. State Sen. Bobby Zirkin, a Pikesville Democrat, said...
  • Keep a partially elected school board on track

    This is a tale of two counties, Baltimore and Howard, and their school boards. In Baltimore County, not a single board member is elected. Every member is appointed by the governor. It's the opposite in adjacent Howard County. Every member is elected....
  • Elected, hybrid models could rise again for school board task force

    The task force charged with examining the selection process for the Baltimore County Board of Education will meet to discuss a potential resolution on Thursday, Oct. 6, 4 p.m., at the Randallstown Community Center. One member of the task force, State...
  • Timonium community leaders seek unification in state legislative redistricting

    As Maryland embarks on its 10-year redistricting process for the State Senate and House of Delegates — to be addressed in a special session beginning Oct. 17 in Annapolis — some community leaders in the Timonium area are hoping the process...
  • Transgender advocates see McDonald's beating as a turning point

    Transgender advocates see McDonald's beating as a turning point
    School kids call Catherine Hyde's teenage daughter "freak" and "pervert," or "homo." She's forced to change for gym in a closet and use the teacher's restroom. Hyde knows her daughter, who was born male, has had it easy in a world where transgender...