Maryland’s 90-day legislative session came to a conclusion Monday, with several major initiatives gaining approval. Here are some the key takeaways for Harford County residents from this year’s legislative session.
The Maryland Senate has refused to confirm Gov. Larry Hogan’s appointment of three members to a board that reviews decisions by state police on permits to carry concealed handguns, with several senators citing the board’s rate of granting appeals.
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 Glenn had withdrawn the measure after the school board opposed it.
Harford County leaders were glad to hear Gov. Larry Hogan strike a bipartisan message in his State of the State speech for 2019, but some have concerns about the economic impact of his calls for tax cuts.
Given the partisan tones of nearly everything exuding from Washington, D.C., these days, bipartisanship is welcome in our state capital as legislators return for the 90-day session, even if there is sure to be heated debates and occasional finger-pointing among our representatives.
Harford County's 11-member legislative delegation, with one new senator and two new delegates, expects to tackle a range of issues, from education funding to health care, even legal hemp cultivation, when they return to Annapolis Wednesday for the 2019 Maryland General Assembly session.
Tuesday’s election results mean that in 2019 Democrats will hold the top job in seven of Maryland’s eight largest jurisdictions. Meanwhile, Republicans — still riding high from Hogan’s historic win over Democrat Ben Jealous — looked around the state to see their bench had been decimated.
Gov. Larry Hogan has used Maryland’s suites at sports stadiums to entertain family, reward state employees and honor charities — especially those focused on fighting cancer. The Republican governor also has invited executives of his private real estate business.
Gov. Larry Hogan's business dealings have drawn criticism from Democrats, who have sought to tie Hogan to President Donald Trump, and renewed a debate about the lengths to which businessmen-turned-politicians should wall themselves off from their private enterprises.
Though Maryland has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, none of them could have prevented the massacre of five people in the Annapolis Capital newsroom Thursday. The weapon police say was used, a pump-action rifle, isn't regulated by state law.
State lawmakers have finalized a bipartisan measure to collect $380 million in taxes from health insurers next year, use the money to help hold down surging premiums for 150,000 Marylanders — and potentially prevent an Obamacare marketplace from altogether collapsing.
Determined to pass meaningful legislation in the wake of the Parkland and Great Mills high school shootings, Maryland lawmakers are considering a measure to put an armed school resource officer in every public school.
The Maryland Senate voted Thursday to overhaul the way the state approves funding for school construction projects, ending a legislative flurry that has provoked Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot to direct sharp accusations of cronyism at the legislature.
As the final hours approached for Tuesday night’s deadline to file for most county and state elected offices in the June 26 party primary election, there was the usual last minute flurry of filings for Harford County offices.
After nine past legislative failures, Maryland lawmakers seeking to let courts terminate the parental rights of rapists are advancing this year's bill quickly — but are still contending with potential complication that has doomed the measure before.
Gov. Larry Hogan is proposing term limits for new members of the General Assembly and live-streaming of all of the legislature's deliberations, reforms he said are needed to reduce partisanship, gerrymandering and corruption.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan proposed a new statewide investigator general to probe allegations of grade fixing, corruption and mismanagement in public schools across Maryland. Several Democrats and the state school board association rejected the idea.
Maryland's state lawmakers will convene in Annapolis next week with the daunting task of re-writing the state's tax code in an election year, stabilizing a health insurance market with skyrocketing premiums and reducing violent crime in Baltimore.
Funds to preserve the historic McComas School Museum in Joppa and to establish a new manufacturing sciences center partnership with the U.S. Army were secured by Harford County legislators during the recently concluded General Assembly session.
Harford County's legislators got a handful of local bills through the 90-day 2017 Maryland General Assembly session which ended late Monday, but legislation to give sheriff's deputies collective bargaining rights failed in the waning hours of the session.
General Assembly leaders have coalesced around a plan to issue an additional five medical marijuana growing licenses and increase the likelihood several of those lucrative deals went to minority-owned companies.
Two Harford legislators have filed legislation in the House and Senate to dedicate the Route 22 overpass across I-95 in Aberdeen in honor of Sgt. Alfred B. Hilton, Harford County's only native-born recipient of the Medal of Honor.