The Maryland Senate is advancing a plan that would allow The Stronach Group to use state bonds to pay for upgrades at horseracing facilities in Laurel and Bowie — provided the company makes progress on redeveloping Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course, with or without racing there.
Baltimore senators Bill Ferguson, Cory V. McCray and Antonio Hayes are instead endorsing an informal work group to study the effects of a proposal to make the Baltimore Police Department fully a city agency — instead of a state agency.
Maryland’s Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a $46.6 billion budget that contains less funding for the state’s public schools than its House of Delegates counterpart — and restores money for a program to send kids from poor families to private schools.
In this episode, Baltimore Sun State House reporters Luke Broadwater and Pamela Wood discuss about the intense scrutiny facing the University of Maryland Medical System, the flurry of legislation moving in the General Assembly on "crossover day," and sit down with Sen. Bill Ferguson.
Baltimore County’s delegates are lining up to support Baltimore City’s lawmakers in their efforts to prevent the owners of Pimlico Race Course from moving the Preakness Stakes and abandoning the track.
State Sen. Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat, on Monday called on Mayor Catherine Pugh to return hundreds of thousands of dollars she’s received from the University of Maryland Medical System while she sat on the hospital network’s board of directors.
A Maryland Senate panel wants to cut $1 million from the state university system’s top office in the contentious aftermath of a football player’s death and a separate case involving the system’s chancellor.
Md. senator: I recently introduced legislation in the Maryland General Assembly that commits our state to awarding its Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote, contingent on a state with a similar number of electoral votes that voted for Trump in 2016 doing the same.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced that she has chosen New Orleans police superintendent Michael Harrison to lead the city’s police department, a day after her previous pick for commissioner withdrew from consideration.
Incoming Sen. Cory McCray will represent Baltimore on the Senate's powerful budget committee. McCray, 36, will take the Budget and Taxation Committee seat held for 24 years by the man he defeated in June’s Democratic primary, Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden.
Members of a state commission created to look into the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force scandal convened their first meeting in Annapolis on Tuesday, with a state senator giving a sobering assessment of the state of the city to emphasize the importance of their work.
Starting Monday, state employees who become parents can take 60 paid days off. The General Assembly passed the bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Bill Ferguson of Baltimore, and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan signed it. The 60 days can be taken anytime in the six months after a birth or adoption.
We can all agree that the state of Baltimore schools is unacceptable for students, educators, families and communities. Let's also agree that current school and state officials deserve a clean slate that assumes the best of their abilities as they work to undo decades of disrepair and injustice.
Some lawmakers in Baltimore have begun voicing concerns about the federal tax charges against Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa, breaking with the mayor and joining the police union in saying De Sousa’s apology for his failings was not enough.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Monday that more investigation is needed to root out Baltimore police corruption, and stressed that other reforms being considered in the General Assembly are needed to fix a larger “mess” in the city’s criminal justice system.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said Wednesday she opposes a proposal for a state commission to investigate unanswered questions surrounding the Baltimore Police Department’s disgraced Gun Trace Task Force.
Baltimore's District 46 delegation: We don’t know if we’re coming back for another term; you, the voters will get to make that decision on June 26th and Nov. 7th. What we do know is that we’ll be fighting every day like it’s our last to achieve a more equitable city and state.
Setting up a potential constitutional clash, Gov. Larry Hogan reappointed two officials to his Cabinet Wednesday who failed to make it through the confirmation process during the General Assembly session that ended Monday.
We all have a right to expect that our government is working for our benefit, and we don't abandon this expectation when its separate branches are controlled by different parties. However, some of Baltimore City's elected Democrats feel they must perpetually ignore opportunities for economic development in order to sustain the myth that "Larry Hogan doesn't care about us."
Taking a year off between high school and college can benefit both the student and the community, which is why Sen. Bill Ferguson and I introduced legislation to create an innovative gap year program in Maryland. Maryland Corps (HB 1488/SB 909) would enable student participants to dedicate a year of service to a non-profit organization or government agency and receive both a stipend to offset their expenses and an educational scholarship. The legislation was passed in the General Assembly and is
State lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a bill that more closely aligns the University of Maryland's campuses in College Park and Baltimore, though it's unclear whether the governor will sign the measure into law.
Controversial bills are being approved quickly enough by the Maryland General Assembly that if Republican Gov. Larry Hogan issues a flurry of vetoes, lawmakers will have time to override them before the legislature adjourns on April 11.