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Robert A. Zirkin

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  • 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...
  • Senate votes to repeal death penalty

    Senate votes to repeal death penalty
    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...
  • Senate panel approves death penalty repeal, altered gun bill

    Senate panel approves death penalty repeal, altered gun bill
    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...
  • 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...
  • State agency looks at larger juvenile facilities

    State agency looks at larger juvenile facilities
    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...
  • Budget strain colors Kamenetz's first year at helm of Balto. Co.

    Budget strain colors Kamenetz's first year at helm of Balto. Co.
    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...
  • Business group gives Senate GOP perfect score

    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...
  • Reisterstown's Almond set to head Balto. Co. Council in 2012

    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...