State Sen. Jamie Raskin, formally launching his campaign for Maryland's 8th Congressional District on Sunday, told supporters he wouldn't back away from the progressive stances that have defined his tenure in Annapolis.
Several Carroll County bills, including a gaming bill and a bond bill, as well as several bills which will reform the state's Public Information Act, successfully passed both chambers of the General Assembly before the end of session and will soon be signed into law.
The 2015 Maryland General Assembly, which ended Monday, unanimously approved legislation that creates a new public information compliance board and establishes the position of public information ombudsman to mediate complaints. The board will primarily handle complaints when government agencies charge photocopying fees above $350. The ombudsman will attempt to resolve disputes about redacted information, untimely responses, overly broad requests and denials.
Gov. Larry Hogan's choice to head the Maryland Higher Education Commission is not scheduled for a confirmation vote in the Senate Executive Nominations committee Monday night -- the last scheduled meeting of the panel during the current 90-day session.
Now that the Maryland General Assembly's crossover day, the deadline for one chamber to vote on bills so they can be sent to the other, has come and gone, the status of several bills that were in limbo earlier in the week are now known.
Gov. Larry Hogan's nomination of Jennie C. Hunter-Cevera to be Maryland's secretary of higher education has run into trouble, as a key Senate committee has twice postponed votes on her to review complaints about her leadership years ago of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute.
From gay marriage to marijuana decriminalization, Maryland has been a national leader on social issues in the new century. This year, state legislators and new governor Larry Hogan can further burnish the state's reputation by setting a national example on heroin intervention and death-with-dignity legislation.
State bills that call for significant Public Information Act reform, including a limit on fees charged for PIA requests and the creation of a compliance board have gathered the support of the Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association and various nonprofit organizations.
Van T. Mitchell, an Annapolis lobbyist who is Gov.-elect Larry Hogan's choice to serve as Maryland's health secretary, said Friday that he will recuse himself from considering matters that involve his former clients.
In a case that could have a profound impact on the rights of pregnant employees, the Supreme Court on Wednesday wrestled over whether a Maryland UPS driver faced discrimination when she was asked to leave her job because her pregnancy prevented her from lifting heavy packages.
Maryland's proposed licensing fees for growing and selling medical marijuana are among the highest in the nation, prompting some advocates to warn that the steep upfront costs could drive off applicants, potentially limiting access for tens of thousands of state residents. Others, though, say the fees are unlikely to scare off many entrepreneurs drawn by the chance to get in on the ground floor of a growing industry.
As state lawmakers try to get Maryland's medical marijuana program off the ground, the focus has turned to the practical matter of establishing an industry to provide the drug - and the details are proving daunting.
By By Timothy B. Wheeler and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun
The state legislature will consider this spring a handful of bills related to the mortgage crisis, but unlike in previous years, many are focused on what happens after the foreclosure process is complete.
Maryland legislators will consider a package of laws to curb electronic surveillance by police, requiring a search warrant to use drones, email, cell phone towers or license plate readers to track people.
Top Democrats will push to raise the minimum wage in Maryland when state lawmakers return to Annapolis on Wednesday to embark on their annual legislative session. State lawmakers expect a fight over whether to change a controversial stormwater fee that is designed to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay but is derided by critics as a "rain tax."