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.
Legislation before the Maryland General Assembly to rewrite the Public Information Act — Senate Bill 695, cross-filed as House Bill 755 — would give the public (and this includes not just private citizens, but the media, businesses, nonprofits, advocacy groups, political campaigns and researchers, among others) a stronger hand when seeking records. We support the legislation.
This week, the Maryland legislature is expected to take up two controversial topics that have been tied up in committees: right-to-die legislation and Gov. Larry Hogan's bill to expand charter schools.
An unusual alliance of Republicans and urban liberals defeated a bill in the House Friday night that have raised filing fees for civil cases in order to help pay for a new computerized court records system now being installed.
Two bills that would restrict drilling for natural gas in Maryland advanced in both chambers of the General Assembly Friday, setting the stage for another round of debate on how far the state should go to allow a lucrative industry that concerns environmentalists.
Important legislation is now pending in the Maryland General Assembly that would establish new goals for renewable energy. The legislation would increase our Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), or the percentage of Maryland's energy that comes from renewable sources, from the current standard of 20 percent by 2022 to 25 percent by 2020, and would encourage further increases by 2025.
A bill that would effectively repeal the storm-water fee requirement that Gov. Larry Hogan campaigned against advanced in the Senate Thursday. And environmentalists, who've succeeded in killing other repeal efforts, are not opposing this one.
WASHINGTON -- Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday criticized a bipartisan bill intended to overhaul federal chemical regulations because it would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to preempt the oversight of some chemicals by states.
The sponsor of legislation that would have written into law the regulations developed under former Gov. Martin O'Malley to curb phosphorus runoff from farms said negotiations with Gov. Larry Hogan have come close enough to an agreement that he may withdraw his bill.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller on Tuesday urged fellow senators to make "a good faith effort" to pass some version of the governor's bill to expand charter schools - especially if they wanted more money for public schools.
Before a display of real and replica guns, pocket knives, brass knuckles, a torch and even a sock stuffed with a can of corn confiscated from students, the leader of the city school police union called on state lawmakers to reconsider a bill that would arm officers while they patrolled schools.
The American Civil Liberties Union announced a lawsuit against the National Security Agency on Tuesday, alleging what it calls "mass Internet spying" on Americans international emails, communications and other online activity.
The pace picks up in Annapolis this week, as House members begin debating substantial revisions to Gov. Larry Hogan's proposed budget and committees scramble to advance or kill legislation before a deadline to get them to the Senate.
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.
Bills that will ease the accessibility of public records and require all governing bodies that follow open meetings law to provide agendas are examples of legislation that have been introduced in the General Assembly to create transparency and openness in the political process.
It is more than 50 years since Emily Post, the guru of etiquette, passed away. Has civility passed away with her? When Speaker of the House John Boehner referred to the president's legislation as "crap," I began to wonder.
It's welcome news that Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is proposing legislation that will expand Maryland's False Claims Act (the current law addresses Medicaid fraud only) , but the proposed legislation falls short because it lacks a vital element to the success of the federal False Claims Act: a strong, private qui tam provision.