Al Redmer, Jr. was confirmed on Monday by the Maryland Senate for another term as the state’s insurance commissioner, an independent state agency that regulates the state’s $28.5 billion insurance industry.
On the final, marathon day of the 90-day General Assembly session, state lawmakers hope to resolve several thorny issues. Up in the air are bills on reforming the University of Maryland Medical System board, the future of Pimlico Race Course and promoting renewable energy.
Michael E. Busch, a gregarious former coach and high school teacher who became the longest-serving House of Delegates speaker in Maryland history, has died after a short bout with pneumonia. He was 72.
For the past 16 years, Michael Busch laced up his sneakers and ascended a few steps to the front of the House of Delegates chamber in Annapolis, where he presided over the whirlwind final day of the General Assembly session.
Though the University of Maryland Medical System's board members are appointed by the governor and the institution receives millions of dollars in taxpayer funds each year, state law allows the health system to largely operate in secrecy, its board meetings and documents kept private.
Baltimore's members of the House of Delegates are objecting to a plan that would allow The Stronach Group to use state bonds to pay for upgrades at horse racing facilities in Laurel and Bowie, provided the company made progress on redeveloping Pimlico Race Course.
The acting CEO of the embattled University of Maryland Medical System says Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh approached the hospital network, seeking compensation for her self-published children’s books. He testified on the next-to-last working day of Maryland's 2019 General Assembly session.
Maryland is poised to embark on a pilot program that would bring addiction treatment with opioid replacement medications into state prisons, where their use has been barred for years. Support to alter the policy was buttressed by success the medications have had stemming overdose deaths elsewhere.
The Maryland Senate is advancing a plan that would allow The Stronach Group to use state bonds to pay for upgrades at horseracing facilities in Laurel and Bowie — provided the company makes progress on redeveloping Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course, with or without racing there.
Maryland’s House of Delegates has voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that would permanently bar oyster harvesting in five waterways targeted for restoration of the distressed species. The delegates voted 96-43 to support House Speaker Michael Busch’s legislation.
Maryland legislators have given their final approval to a two-year plan to increase state funding to public schools. The Senate signed off on tweaks the House of Delegates made to the “Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.” That sends the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan for his consideration.
The General Assembly has voted to abolish the Handgun Permit Review Board. The 87-47 vote of the House of Delegates follows the Senate’s passage of the legislation by a 30-16 vote. The bill would dissolve the board, sending handgun owners seeking an appeal to a state administrative judge instead.
The Maryland General Assembly has passed legislation requiring testing of most rape kits and adding transparency to the process. The legislation requires forensic testing of evidence collected from a person who says they were a victim of rape, unless the victim does not consent to the testing.
Baltimore senators Bill Ferguson, Cory V. McCray and Antonio Hayes are instead endorsing an informal work group to study the effects of a proposal to make the Baltimore Police Department fully a city agency — instead of a state agency.
School psychologists are an integral part of a public school system. However, the majority of Maryland counties do not adhere to the National Association of School Psychologists’ recommended ratio of no more than 500 to 700 students per school psychologist.
Baltimore boosters have sent letters to Maryland Senate leaders asking them to kill a bill that would change funding formulas for how the state subsidizes improvements to racetracks, legislation that would favor Laurel Park in Anne Arundel County over Pimlico Race Course.
The Maryland Senate has unanimously approved legislation outlawing self-dealing on the University of Maryland Medical System's board of directors, a day after the House of Delegates passed a similar measure. Lawmakers now must work out minor differences between the bills.
It has been two weeks since a serious allegation was made that Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby gave false testimony under oath. No elected official has stepped forward to suggest that the allegation should be investigated as possible perjury. Why not?
Maryland’s General Assembly has passed a measure to raise the age for buying tobacco and nicotine products from 18 to 21 — after carving out an exemption for members of the military. Proponents say the bill is aimed at protecting teens from the harmful health effects of smoking,
In the waning days of the Maryland General Assembly session, lawmakers are considering creating a new state office to mediate thousands of lawsuits from workers who have been sickened by asbestos exposure. There are more than 30,000 asbestos cases pending in Baltimore Circuit Court.
The General Assembly have given final approval to legislation that would ban the city of Baltimore from placing liens against homes, churches and other properties over unpaid water bills. The House of Delegates voted 138-0 to pass legislation by Sen. Mary Washington, a Baltimore Democrat.
Maryland senators have voted to approve a two-year plan to send more than $700 million in extra funding to the state’s public schools. The “Blueprint for Maryland’s Future” bill now moves to the House of Delegates, where it is expected to move swiftly in the final days of the legislature.
As questions mount regarding now nearly $700,000 paid to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh for her “Healthy Holly” line of books, The Baltimore Sun looked to the readers to try to answer some of the most pressing issues surrounding the scandal.
The auto insurance company created by the Maryland General Assembly for hard-to-insure drivers gave a $7,500 donation in 2012 to Health Holly LLC, the book company formed by Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and currently under scrutiny for its operations.