| 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...
| Mar 3, 2013
| 5:00 AM
As an elected official, I've introduced legislation this session titled the Referendum Integrity Act, which seeks to address shortfalls in Maryland's referendum system while also making the process of gathering signatures in Maryland more transparent...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 9:44 AM
This was the year of the referendum in Maryland, and given how things went at the polls, we're not likely to see a repeat any time soon. The success of all the three laws that were petitioned to referendum exposes the fallacy of Maryland Republicans'...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 10:01 AM
As the gun control debate rages in Annapolis, many Harford County's legislators say they oppose tougher laws on ownership and registration, landing them in the minority among their colleagues in the Maryland General Assembly.
All three of Harford's...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 11:16 AM
Anne Arundel voters passed all 15 county charter amendments on Tuesday's ballot, most by a landslide.
Among the changes are new rules for removing elected officials from office and a slight shift in the balance of power between the county executive and...
| 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.
| Jan 23, 2013
| 7:35 PM
Green Spring Station — a collection of boutiques, restaurants and offices near the northern end of the Jones Falls Expressway — commands some of the highest rent in Baltimore County. Visitors can shop for French linens at Paris-based Yves...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 1:30 PM
When the General Assembly passed the Maryland Dream Act, lawmakers intended to allow certain students who are undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at the state's colleges and universities. It was a recognition that these young people...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 7:14 PM
Baltimore County's chief attorney is urging the local board of elections to reject petitions gathered last year in a controversial referendum drive that, if successful, could let voters overturn many of the County Council's zoning decisions.
| Jan 26, 2013
| 11:00 AM
In 1994, I worked closely with residents all over Howard County to gather the 10,000 signatures needed to put a charter amendment on the ballot that allowed county residents to take to referendum changes to the general plan, the zoning map and zoning...