| Sep 27, 2013
| 5:50 AM
The petitioners come from Ellicott City, Clarksville, Highland, Fulton and everywhere in between. They're Democrats and Republicans, farmers and suburban homeowners. But they're united by the feeling that a comprehensive zoning bill recently passed by the...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 6:48 PM
The right to referendum is the basic democratic right of the people to appeal a government legislative action through petition and the power of the vote. As a former citizen activist and a current elected official, I wholeheartedly support this right.
| Nov 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
A Howard County citizens’ petition to bring certain decisions in the county’s recently passed comprehensive zoning bill to referendum will not move on to the ballot next November, according to county Board of Elections Director Guy Mickley....
| Jun 23, 2013
| 6:22 AM
Howard County land-use attorney Susan Gray says there's just one option left in pressing her claim that the county has for years deprived citizens of their constitutional rights.
It's a long shot, she knows: the U.S. Supreme Court.
The case Gray,...
| Sep 23, 2012
| 5:00 AM
What type of majority is necessary to approve Maryland's Nov. 6 ballot referendum to expand gambling? Maryland's Constitution says: "a majority of the qualified voters in the State" (Article XIX).
Those who have studied this clause, an amendment...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 10:59 AM
So what was all this about a voter referendum or two?
Opponents of a pair of controversial measures backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley and approved this year by the Maryland General Assembly — a repeal of the death penalty and landmark gun control...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: PLEBISCITE
Last year in Maryland, petition drives...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 10:43 AM
I am distressed and saddened that the death penalty repeal is not being brought to referendum because not enough signatures were secured in the short amount of time provided to do so. As the relative of a murder victim I would have liked the...
| May 31, 2013
| 8:27 AM
Activists who worked to repeal the death penalty anxiously awaited news Friday that their efforts would not be overturned by a successful petition drive.
"It sounds like they're going to announce that they don't have the signatures," said Jane...
| May 31, 2013
| 5:24 PM
Maryland's death penalty will be wiped from the books in October now that efforts to reinstate capital punishment have fallen short.
The petition drive to halt repeal of the death penalty ended Friday afternoon, when organizers said they could not...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 8:09 AM
Twenty years after the last time Maryland voters weighed in on a law passed by the General Assembly, they got the chance to do it three times in 2012, with referendums on in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants, same-sex marriage and a...
| Feb 5, 2013
| 5:47 PM
Baltimore County elections officials on Tuesday rejected a referendum challenge to a planned Wegmans in Owings Mills and a mixed-use development in Middle River, saying petitions used in the ballot drive did not give voters enough information.