Baltimore lawmakers are pushing for a series of bills in Annapolis to get tougher on landlords, sue lead paint companies, conduct better state investigations and fix lead-contaminated school drinking fountains.
A powerful General Assembly committee has voted to revise Gov. Larry Hogan’s more than $46 billion budget proposal to provide millions more in funding for Maryland’s public schools, while cutting some of the Republican governor’s prized initiatives.
A bill that would allow Johns Hopkins University to create a private police force in Baltimore has cleared another hurdle in the Maryland General Assembly. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 9-1 to advance the bill to the Senate for consideration.
Baltimore’s delegation to the Maryland House of Delegates has unanimously voted to endorse a bill that would give the city full control of its police department — a change City Council members have sought for years. The city police department was established in the 19th century as a state agency.
A majority of Baltimore's state senators have voted to endorse legislation to create an armed Johns Hopkins police force — clearing a major hurdle to the bill’s passage. By a vote of 3-2, delegation backed legislation authorizing the force. The amended bill would impose limits on patrol areas.
Maryland’s government now expects to receive hundreds of millions less in revenue than officials previously forecast, members of a state fiscal panel said. The Board of Revenue Estimates reports the state is expecting about $138 million less than anticipated for the fiscal year 2019 budget.
After traveling to Iowa and sparking further media speculation about whether he would challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 GOP primary, Gov. Larry Hogan returned to Maryland and said he was no closer to making a decision about his political future.
After years of bashing fellow Democratic leaders in Annapolis, the risk for State Comptroller Peter Franchot of losing his role regulating Maryland's alcohol and tobacco industries is serious and real. The legislature is advancing a bill that would give that work to an independent commission.
Key Baltimore senators have voted to endorse a series of legislative amendments designed to win the Maryland General Assembly’s approval for an armed police force at Johns Hopkins University's campuses in the city.
Baltimore’s elections are disproportionately influenced by campaign donors who are white, wealthy and not city residents, according to an analysis called “Big Money in Charm City” that was conducted by the public policy organization Demos.
Former University System of Maryland Chancellor William “Brit” Kirwan joined Democratic leaders in Annapolis to rally support for legislation that would provide more than $1 billion over the next two years to begin implementing his education commission’s recommendations.
Democratic leaders in Maryland’s General Assembly have introduced legislation to boost funding of the state's public schools by hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for ambitious education proposals. The so-called "Blueprint for Maryland's Future" would provide more than $1 billion.
The proposed commission would study myriad issues about the well-being of college athletes, including whether Maryland colleges and universities are providing enough academic support for athletes and if there are enough resources for those suffering from injuries.
Two members of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s redistricting commission have resigned after The Baltimore Sun asked questions about whether their participation in the body redrawing Maryland’s voting districts violated state rules.
Baltimore leaders plan to bus residents to Annapolis for a “big rally to keep the Preakness in Baltimore.” It comes as General Assembly lawmakers consider bills central to the future of horse racing in Maryland — and pivotal to the location of the Preakness Stakes, part of the Triple Crown.
The House of Delegates publicly censured Harford County Del. Mary Ann Lisanti for her use of a racial slur, which members said “brought dishonor to the entire General Assembly of Maryland.” After the vote, the Democrat said she would not resign,
The Maryland Senate has advanced a bill that would ban the use of the foam products by restaurants and grocery stores. The Senate will consider the bill again Monday before taking a final vote. A similar bill is pending in the House of Delegates.
Gov. Larry Hogan’s legislation to expand the number of schools participating in the state’s technology education program died in a Senate committee — sparking harsh criticism from the governor’s office.
The chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party and the state’s Legislative Black Caucus are calling on Harford County Del. Mary Ann Lisanti to resign after her use of a racial slur at an Annapolis bar last month.
LaToya Holley and fellow members of Anton Black’s family came to the State House in Annapolis on Tuesday to press for passage of the proposed law, which would require Maryland State Police to develop a uniform citizen complaint process
A day after 12 people were shot in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels told lawmakers in Annapolis that the city’s “unrelenting” violence shows the need for his institution to create its own police force. Opponents argue armed officers would do more harm than good.
Legislative analysts in the General Assembly are now recommending deep cuts to Maryland Gov. Hogan’s plans for fighting crime in Baltimore, arguing the governor’s proposals lack details, aren’t evidence-based and won’t necessarily drive down crime.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is considering a trip to New Hampshire after the end of the General Assembly session in April to speak to an event that bills itself as a “must stop” for presidential hopefuls.
An ongoing dispute over regulating the alcohol industry in Maryland bubbling up, with the state’s comptroller and lawmakers offering dueling views of a bill that would change how liquor laws are enforced. Maryland is one of three states that has an elected official overseeing alcohol enforcement.
State Del. Cheryl Glenn has reintroduced legislation to authorize Baltimore school police officers to carry guns inside schools — a move she calls necessary after a shooting at Frederick Douglass High School. Glenn had withdrawn the measure after the school board opposed it.
Arguing University of Maryland officials placed athletics over academics last year following the death of football player Jordan McNair, state lawmakers in Annapolis are now pushing legislation to overhaul the university system’s Board of Regents.
In a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan and legislative leaders, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said The Stronach Group would be happy to leave Pimlico Race Course as nothing more than a "fenced-in vacant lot." She blasted the track's owners after they urged construction of a "super track" at Laurel Park.
Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater and Goucher College pollster Mileah Kromer go in-depth on the Goucher Poll results on key issues before Maryland lawmakers, including whether to raise the minimum wage, legalize marijuana and ban tobacco for people younger than 21.
Maryland is faring particularly poorly under the sweeping changes to federal tax code that President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans enacted in 2017. The comptroller’s office reports the state’s average tax return so far has decreased by about 6.1 percent — to $983 — since last year.
Del. Brooke Lierman said Friday she is withdrawing her bill that would have allowed Baltimore to have several options for new ways to conduct elections, including moving to open primaries or a “ranked choice” voting system.
A nonprofit, called Beat The Streets Baltimore, aims to save Baltimore kids by resurrecting the sport of wrestling. The young league partners with Banneker Blake and about a dozen other city schools to give kids a place to play a sport, get academic help and develop character.