Following through on a campaign promise, Gov. Larry Hogan unveiled legislation Tuesday that would repeal Maryland's requirement that its largest counties impose a fee to pay for stormwater cleanup. Critics call it the "rain tax."
With about a third more constituents and a lot more territory to cover, Sate Sen. Wayne Norman finds himself with a significantly larger workload since the Maryland General Assembly's 2015 legislative session began last month, compared to his seven prior years as a state delegate.
In an effort to draw attention to the end of this year's enrollment period for health insurance, President Barack Obama met Tuesday with 10 people -- including a Maryland woman -- who wrote letters to thank the administration for signing the Affordable Care Act.
The Mount Airy Town Council approved a budget amendment to allocate $5,000 for the purposes of town staff to conduct a feasibility study to determine the best location and process for constructing a community center.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Monday she is seeking General Assembly legislation to crack down on police misconduct — including creating a new felony charge for officers accused of assaults that are now considered misdemeanors.
Federal workers would be entitled to six weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child under legislation introduced Monday by several House Democrats – a long shot effort that comes a week after President Barack Obama called for the benefit for millions of Americans.
If State Sen. Jim Brochin has his way this legislative session, people convicted of committing crimes with guns will lose the right to get credit for good behavior, and the Baltimore County superintendent of schools won't be able to arbitrarily turn magnet schools into neighborhood schools without approval by the county's House and Senate delegations.
The O'Malley administration's 11th-hour move to curb Eastern Shore farmers' use of chicken manure as fertilizer appears likely to go through, unless incoming Republican Gov. Larry Hogan acts quickly Wednesday afternoon to stop it.
It was a typical winter morning on the Twitter feed of Eastern Shore television station WBOC: a stream of messages about snowfall and a reminder to download the station's weather app for the latest updates.
It is wishful thinking to believe that the renewal of diplomatic relations with Cuba will lead to removal of the embargo. Only Congress can suspend the Helms-Burton Act — a law that requires a transition to democracy in Cuba, restitution of confiscated property of U.S. citizens and the absence from power of both Castro brothers.
Reforms under the Affordable Care Act are prompting hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and other providers across the country to look for ways to cut costs. Former Erickson Retirement Communities CEO Rick Grindrod launched a consulting firm in 2013 to help skilled nursing facilities and hospitals set up contracts to participate in a new federal Medicare reimbursement program designed to save the government money.
A federal statute criminalizes and enhances penalties for the distribution of illegal drugs that result in death; however, Maryland lacks such a law. A new law would help state prosecutors deter drug dealers from selling heroin in Maryland by holding them responsible for deaths caused by the heroin they distribute.
The Carroll County delegation of the state's General Assembly had a busy day Tuesday, braving the snow and poor road conditions to meet and greet with the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce over breakfast.
Covering issues from elder abuse and pharmacy regulations to the minimum wage and utility smart meters, the bills were pre-filed before the session's start, and for some represent an uncharacteristically high level of bill sponsorship.
Some consumers had health plans that didn't comply with the Affordable Care Act. After reprieve, they must purchase new plans on health exchanges this year. Many are finding higher premiums or less coverage.
The omnibus appropriations bill approved by Congress and signed last month by the president finally closed the book on federal budgeting for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, more than two months late and only after another threat of a government shutdown. Lost in most of the media coverage of this massive legislation is a very significant victory for millions of veterans that will prevent this very type of political gridlock from threatening veterans' benefits during any future budget battles or
While our $18 trillion gross federal debt is now larger than America's entire economy, at least as troubling is the nearly $12 trillion in debt that individuals and households have. The statistics are grim. While median assets have declined by a third since 2003 and are below those of 15 other countries, median household debt has nearly tripled during the past 20 years, and the typical American household's debt has exceeded its income since 2000.
The Senate was speeding toward final approval of a $1 trillion spending bill late Saturday after muscling past opposition from conservative Republicans — an effort that would end any possibility of a government shutdown until next fall.
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers narrowly averted a government shutdown late Thursday night and approved a $1 trillion spending package after a dramatic day on Capitol Hill in which House members in both parties raised objections to portions of the massive spending measure.