Corruption in the Baltimore Police Department today may hog the headlines. But back in the 1970s it was suburban public corruption, primarily in Baltimore County, that spurred the creation of the Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor.
Legislative analysts in the General Assembly are now recommending deep cuts to Maryland Gov. Hogan’s plans for fighting crime in Baltimore, arguing the governor’s proposals lack details, aren’t evidence-based and won’t necessarily drive down crime.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is considering a trip to New Hampshire after the end of the General Assembly session in April to speak to an event that bills itself as a “must stop” for presidential hopefuls.
An ongoing dispute over regulating the alcohol industry in Maryland bubbling up, with the state’s comptroller and lawmakers offering dueling views of a bill that would change how liquor laws are enforced. Maryland is one of three states that has an elected official overseeing alcohol enforcement.
Sen. Bob Cassilly says the push to increase the minimum wage in Maryland to $15 an hour raises issues that are more complex than suggested by the advocates’ simple plea that everyone is entitled to an annual living wage of $31,000 from the moment they start their first job.
In 1991, the Maryland legislature passed the Forest Conservation Act (FCA) aimed at restoring forests to counteract the effect of larger-scale tree and forest demolition for housing developments and commercial or industrial projects. Trouble is, the FCA left loopholes . It's time to close them.
House bill 30, sponsored by Maryland Delegate Charles Sydnor, D-Baltimore County, seeks to prohibit searches of consumer genealogical databases for the purpose of identifying an offender in connection with a crime through their biological relative's DNA samples.
Arguing University of Maryland officials placed athletics over academics last year following the death of football player Jordan McNair, state lawmakers in Annapolis are now pushing legislation to overhaul the university system’s Board of Regents.
Maryland is poised to play a critical leadership role in the fight for smart and fair youth justice by introducing House Bill 694 and Senate Bill 823 to eliminate juvenile justice system fines and fees.
In a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan and legislative leaders, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said The Stronach Group would be happy to leave Pimlico Race Course as nothing more than a "fenced-in vacant lot." She blasted the track's owners after they urged construction of a "super track" at Laurel Park.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a federal court's decision that struck down a unique Maryland law to curb price gouging for generic prescription drugs. The General Assembly passed the law in 2017 at the urging of state Attorney General Brian Frosh and health care advocates.
Leaders of Maryland's General Assembly have named a work group to study legalizing recreational marijuana — a clear signal that no legislation will be passed this year. The bipartisan group will study issues with a deadline to report recommendations at the end of 2019.
Renowned musician and recording artist Benny Russell, who has served as an adjunct instructor of music at Harford Community College since 2005, is one of five Harford residents nominated for appointment to 63 different boards and commissions by Gov. Larry Hogan.
Nancy Kopp has been re-elected as Maryland's state treasurer. Kopp won the overwhelming number of votes that were cast during a joint session of the House of Delegates and the state Senate. The treasurer is responsible for the state’s finances, including investments and pension funds.
Local business owners and law enforcement spoke for and against a 2 a.m. closing time for restaurants, bars and taverns, but the proposed law won't likely be under consideration until the 2020 Maryland General assembly session.
A review of the bills introduced by Democratic legislators in Annapolis this Session suggests that their party is not out to spread love and affection, but are on a mission of revenge. It is evident that the Democrats are looking for retribution for not only losing the Presidential race in 2016 ..
Retired radio talk show host Diane Rehm testified in favor of a Maryland measure to allow terminally ill people to end their lives with the help of doctors, describing the misery her husband suffered during his final days. Opponents called the medically assisted suicide legislation dangerous.
Maryland is faring particularly poorly under the sweeping changes to federal tax code that President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans enacted in 2017. The comptroller’s office reports the state’s average tax return so far has decreased by about 6.1 percent — to $983 — since last year.
Del. Brooke Lierman said Friday she is withdrawing her bill that would have allowed Baltimore to have several options for new ways to conduct elections, including moving to open primaries or a “ranked choice” voting system.
The Maryland Farm Bureau, high school students interested in agriculture and state FFA Association officers crammed into the Maryland House Ways and Means Committee Thursday to support Del. Haven Shoemaker’s agriculture education bill.
Christopher Doyle, who recently sued Maryland to overturn its ban on gay conversion therapy is featured in a new documentary "The Sunday Sessions." Baltimore filmmaker Richard Yeagley was allowed into Doyle's sessions with Nathan Gniewek for the movie, which will be shown at the Creative Alliance.
The Maryland House of Delegates approved a bill Thursday that creates a fund to make payments to federal employees who are forced to work without pay, in the event of another federal government shutdown.
State lawmakers and health organizations are pushing a bill that would require Marylanders to have health insurance, and charge them a penalty if they don’t — although the money could be used to buy insurance instead.
A local delegate has introduced the Parishioner Protection Act of 2019, allowing parishioners to carry firearms in houses of worship to help protect their congregations from a mass shooting. The same bill did not make it past a committee hearing last year.