Former Ravens linebacker O.J. Brigance plans to urge state lawmakers to vote against right-to-die legislation in Annapolis, lending a prominent voice to one of the most controversial issues facing the General Assembly this year.
Catonsville residents Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam and Del. Charles Sydnor are the primary sponsors of legislation that would create separate mental health units for the Baltimore County and Baltimore City police departments, in order to prevent the mentally ill from entering the criminal justice system, and improve safety for police officers and citizens
A House committee voted along party lines Friday to kill Gov. Larry Hogan's bill to repeal the so-called "rain tax.'' Dealing a blow to one of the Republican governor's top legislative priorities, the Democratic majority of the House Environmental Matters and Transportation Committee refused to roll back the controversial 2012 law that requires Baltimore city and the state's nine largest counties to levy storm-water remediation fees on property owners.
Maryland lawmakers are considering new legislation that would require every drunk driving offender to install an in-car Breathalyzer, known as an ignition interlock device, in his or her car. Putting more interlocks in more vehicles might seem like a sensible way to curb alcohol-related fatalities, but in reality, this counterproductive law could actually make Maryland roads less safe.
Neonics are the fastest growing and most heavily used class of insecticides, and they're killing the bees. That's why a coalition of many different groups of people all are in favor of a bi-partisan bill we sponsored, Senate Bill 163/House Bill 605 — the Pollinator Protection Act. It is not hyperbole to say that without bees, we will run out of food. Still, it seems that the concerns of the golfers are buzzing louder than the concerns of the beekeepers.
In a letter to the Howard County Times, County Councilman Jon Weinstein writes "The power of citizens to petition the government through referendum is a key to our democratic process. I firmly believe that it is our duty as elected representatives to make sure this process to forward new or address existing laws is clear and not unnecessarily burdensome."
Gov. Larry Hogan's campaign pledge to repeal Maryland's so-called "rain tax" got a Senate hearing Tuesday, where a Republican county executive, a parade of business owners, and even one Democratic senator called the mandatory pollution cleanup fees unfair, burdensome and unnecessary.
The premise that motorists are not allowed to drive fast enough on some of Maryland's highways is the apparent rationale behind a bill that passed 39-7 last week in the state Senate. The bill would raise the state's top speed limit from 65 to an unjustifiable 70 miles per hour.
WASHINGTON -- As the Department of Homeland Security braces for the possibility of a shutdown at the end of the week, Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin introduced legislation on Tuesday that would provide retroactive pay for any workers furloughed because of a lapse in funding.
President Obama on Monday proposed tougher regulations on investment brokers who handle retirement funds, saying it is time to curb hidden fees, "back-door" payments and conflicts of interest that eat into middle-class Americans' savings.
Bills introduced recently in the state Senate and House of Delegates would implement a tax increase in the form of a new levy on the service fees of online travel agents (OTAs), brick-and-mortar travel agents and other local travel service providers. The Maryland Senate's S.B. 190 and companion in the House of Delegates H.B. 1065 would add a new tax on travel services, ultimately making Maryland travel more expensive and less competitive.
On insular Tilghman Island, many folks are outraged that William Lednum is in a federal prison. Not because of his crime: poaching rockfish in violation of state and federal law. No, they're upset that this fourth-generation islander and chief of the volunteer fire department will be serving a year and a day behind bars for pursuing his livelihood.
Gov. Larry Hogan has sent legislation to curb income taxes on the pensions of retired military and first responders. But some Carroll County legislators support legislation that would provide blanket tax protection to those 65 years and older.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller warned Wednesday that Gov. Larry Hogan's legislation to expand charter schools in Maryland won't pass unless the governor restores cuts he's made in public school funding formulas.
If the Maryland General Assembly passes legislation to eliminate the requirement that the governor approve parole for any inmate serving a life sentence, the parole commission will speed the release of men and women who have committed the most odious crimes. We will be assured that they are too old, too sick or too changed to constitute any further danger.
Two lawmakers pressing for state legislation to crack down on police misconduct are calling on Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to inform the city spending board when officers repeatedly face brutality allegations in lawsuits.
A General Assembly bill that would guarantee paid sick leave for many Maryland workers has official support from half the members of Howard County's delegation to Annapolis, who say the legislation will benefit workers and businesses alike. Some local business owners, meanwhile, say they feel the proposal represents an unnecessary intrusion by the state.