Timothy B. Wheeler

Writer

Tim Wheeler reports on the environment and Chesapeake Bay. He's a former president of the Society of Environmental Journalists, and has won numerous awards for his coverage. In more than 25 years at the Sun, he's also covered growth and development, state and local government and higher education. Before joining the Sun, he worked for a regional news service in Washingon, D.C., and newspapers in Norfolk and Richmond, Va.

Recent Articles

  • Assembly session ends in acrimony over budget

    Assembly session ends in acrimony over budget

    A legislative session that began with pledges of bipartisanship ended Monday night with General Assembly Democrats and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan embroiled in acrimony over Maryland's budget. Lawmakers cut $200 million from the new governor's $40.5 billion budget proposal and implored him to spend...

  • Ride-sharing legislation clears Senate

    Ride-sharing legislation clears Senate

    A bill clearing the way for commercial ride-sharing in Maryland passed the Senate Monday, a move proponents say should allow Uber, Lyft and similar companies to operate legally in the state. SB868, approved 40-7, would set statewide rules for ride-sharing services, in which customers can arrange...

  • Infertility coverage for same-sex couples passes

    Infertility coverage for same-sex couples passes

    Same-sex couples in Maryland would get the same insurance coverage for infertility treatments as heterosexual couples do, under a bill passed by the General Assembly Thursday. The House voted 93 to 45 to approve the measure, which now goes to Gov. Larry Hogan for his signature.  The Senate earlier...

  • Online hotel booking tax legislation passes, goes to Hogan

    Online hotel booking tax legislation passes, goes to Hogan

    Lawmakers in Annapolis approved legislation Wednesday that would make online travel companies pay more tax on Maryland hotel bookings. Whether it becomes law remains to be seen. The measure, which pitted big hotel chains against online travel firms like Expedia, passed the House by a vote of 84-56....

  • Court faults state oversight of storm-water cleanup efforts

    Court faults state oversight of storm-water cleanup efforts

    Maryland's second highest court has faulted state oversight of local efforts to control polluted runoff, in a case that could have bearing on legislation in Annapolis repealing fees for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. The Court of Special Appeals upheld a lower court's finding that the storm-water...

  • Fracking moratorium passes Senate

    Fracking moratorium passes Senate

    The natural gas extraction method known as "fracking" would be banned in Maryland until October 2017 under legislation approved Monday night by the Maryland Senate. By a 45-2 vote, senators sent the measure to the House, which has passed a version of the bill that environmental advocates believe...

  • Shore wind project scrapped amid political roadblocks

    Shore wind project scrapped amid political roadblocks

    The developer of a wind energy project planned for Somerset County has abandoned the proposal, citing the continued opposition of Southern Maryland lawmakers concerned about protecting the work of the naval air station in their region. The decision to halt the project comes as the General Assembly...

  • Police body camera rules narrowly failed, while easing measure survives

    Police body camera rules narrowly failed, while easing measure survives

    Amid the batch of police accountability legislation that has foundered in Annapolis this year, civil-rights advocates say they're particularly frustrated over the failure of a bill that would have set rules for officers' use of body cameras. Only a handful of relatively minor bills dealing with...

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