| Mar 19, 2013
| 5:27 PM
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...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 8:45 AM
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...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 5:26 PM
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...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 3:41 PM
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....
| Mar 14, 2013
| 3:40 PM
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...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 3:23 PM
The Maryland Senate voted Wednesday to make Maryland the 18th state to abolish the death penalty, putting Gov. Martin O'Malley one step closer to a significant legislative victory.
The 27-20 vote sent the bill to the House of Delegates, where repeal...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 9:21 PM
The General Assembly took an important step toward repealing Maryland's death penalty Thursday night when a key committee, for the first time in decades, approved a bill to end capital punishment.
The Senate Judicial Proceedings committee voted 6-5 to...
| Apr 30, 2011
| 3:15 PM
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...
| May 23, 2012
| 5:13 PM
The state's juvenile services secretary says he is considering expanding the size of privately run residential facilities for young offenders as his agency grapples with a shortage of beds.
Sam Abed, who took the job in March, said youths in need of...
| Dec 9, 2011
| 3:41 PM
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz took office a year ago this week, promising to make Baltimore County "the ideas county of the region."
Since then, amid growing stress on the county's budget, his biggest accomplishment sounds less flashy: "paying our...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 8:57 AM
Every Republican is the Maryland Senate is now equally perfect in the eyes of a conservative business advocacy group that annually ranks the votes of state legislators.
In its annual Roll Call report, Maryland Business for Responsive Government, gives...
| Jan 2, 2012
| 1:48 PM
When Baltimore County Council members hold their first meeting of 2012 on Tuesday, they're scheduled to pick their leader for the year — and for the first time in nearly three decades, it's set to be a woman.
Council members say they plan to...