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.
A Harford County Council member earlier this week leveled a blast at a proposed amendment to the county building code that would exempt from some permitting requirements agricultural buildings of 1,500 square feet or less that are used for public assembly.
Advocates for the disabled are hopeful that legislation passed by the General Assembly will give Maryland regulators more tools to fix dangerous conditions at state-licensed facilities — like the one where a 10-year-old Baltimore boy died last year.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a Montgomery County Democrat who is running for the Senate, said Tuesday he will oppose legislation to give the president greater authority to negotiate international trade agreements -- an issue that has split Democrats on Capitol Hill.
With her proposed legislation headed to defeat in Annapolis to make it easier to discipline police officers, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she is still committed to getting more bad officers off the streets in Baltimore.
A Baltimore-based foundation analyzing the local workforce said on Thursday that apprenticeships are critical to decreasing youth unemployment and highlighted General Assembly legislation designed to establish a youth training program.
The latest effort to put an end to the furor over the "rain tax," stormwater remediation fee, as its supporters prefer to call it, comes from Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, who is sponsoring a bill to retool the fee. The bill deserves support
Our country has traditionally supported religious liberty and we have a Constitution that requires us to do so. But sometimes a broad notion of "religious liberty" leads to a clash with broadly applicable laws that we support as well. Balancing those values is difficult, but it is a task for Congress and state legislatures, not the courts.
The General Assembly gave final approval to legislation that would reward whistle-blowers who help the state recover money from those who have cheated it -- Attorney General Brian E. Frosh's top priority of the legislative session.
After a vigorous debate over the scope of the First Amendment and whether corporations should have the same rights as people, the Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a joint resolution calling for a national constitutional convention to deal with the issue of money in politics.
Legislation laying out ground rules for use of police body cameras failed in Annapolis, despite efforts to forge a compromise. Another bill that would exempt police from having to tell citizens they're being filmed has passed the House.
Legislation sought by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other city leaders to deal with police brutality complaints has taken a beating in Annapolis. One bill introduced at the mayor's behest has been killed, while the other might as well be. With just a little more than a week left in the annual 90-day legislative session, only a handful of relatively minor bills remain alive in the General Assembly that would seek to hold police more accountable for how they treat citizens.
Sen. Richard Madaleno called Tuesday for a ban on state-funded travel to Indiana in response to a controversial new law that critics say opens the door for businesses to discriminate on religious grounds, including against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller's bid to end the long-running political uproar over the so-called "rain tax" ran into some turbulence Wednesday, as witness after witness urged a House panel to retool the Democratic leader's bill.