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.
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.
Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch on Tuesday named five recipients of the Speaker’s Medallion, the chamber’s highest honor: The victims of the Capital-Gazette shooting, Wendi Winters, Rebecca Smith, Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen and John McNamara.
The chairman of a Maryland House committee says lawmakers will take input from everyone who testifies about raising the state's hourly minimum wage to $15. Del. Dereck Davis says he doesn't know yet what the "sweet spot" for salary is, but the problem is real.
What to expect from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's State of the State: more specifics than his inaugural address, priorities for laws he wants passed and maybe details on "another major tax cut" he teased in remarks earlier this week.
Making Maryland "foam free" and curbing the cost of prescriptions are among the priorities Democrats in the General Assembly say they've agreed in principle to push for this session. Under their proposals, Maryland could become the first state to ban polytyrene packaging, better known as Styrofoam.
Republican leaders in Maryland’s House of Delegates released their legislative priorities for 2019, including an state income tax cut, a registry for violent repeat offenders, and single-member districts in the General Assembly. They also plan to push for greater school safety.
Maryland’s Board of Public Works has approved a contract to erect bronze statues of two abolitionist heroes — Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman — in the State House. The contractor will work with a sculptor who designed a statue of George Washington already in the State House.
Former Maryland congressman and basketball star Tom McMillen is urging Gov. Larry Hogan and legislative leaders “to take all necessary steps” to avoid a college athletics betting scandal if the state legalizes betting on football, basketball and other sports.
Advocates for increasing Maryland’s minimum wage will push legislation to gradually raise the hourly rate to $15 by 2023, a starting point for negotiations on what’s expected to be one of the hottest topics of this year’s General Assembly session.
Baltimore County state Sen. Kathy Klausmeier presided over the Maryland Senate for the first time Friday, substituting for President Thomas V. Mike Miller, who was absent due to cancer treatment. Klausmeier is the new president pro tem of the state Senate. She's been in the legislature since 1995.
Maryland prosecutors say they've charged the top aide of a state delegate with making illegal robocalls against fellow Republican Delegate Kathy Szeliga. State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt announced charges against Tyler Walch, who is chief of staff for Delegate Richard Impallaria.
As Maryland lawmakers got back to work, Gov. Larry Hogan expressed doubts about the wisdom of increasing the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. Hogan questioned whether raising it would put Maryland at a disadvantage for attracting businesses. He noted that Virginia’s minimum wage is $7.25.
Though the session opened at about noon, lawmakers representing Carroll County had been coming up with legislative agendas and crafting bills for months in preparation. Many have refined bills they introduced in the past that failed to make it and plan to reintroduce the legislation.
With spouses and children by their sides, Maryland's 188 lawmakers were sworn into office. While lawmakers are expected to hash out tricky issues over the next 90 days, the first day was largely reserved for celebration and optimism.
Harford County's 11-member legislative delegation, with one new senator and two new delegates, expects to tackle a range of issues, from education funding to health care, even legal hemp cultivation, when they return to Annapolis Wednesday for the 2019 Maryland General Assembly session.
A poll of Maryland voters found strong support for a referendum on whether to legalize sports betting in the state. Registered voters polled by Gonzales Research & Media Services supported the referendum, which is expected to be considered by the General Assembly, by 83 percent.
When the General Assembly reconvenes for the 90-day session on Wednesday, one of the matters it is expected to debate is sports gambling. Making sure Maryland’s casinos are keeping up with those in surrounding states ensures other gambling revenues for education don’t dry up.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a high-profile case in March alleging unconstitutional, partisan gerrymandering in Maryland’s redistricting process. State Attorney General Brian Frosh appealed the case to the high court in November after a panel of federal judges threw out the 6th District map.
The Kirwan Commission's inability to determine state education funding formulas may be frustrating Carroll officials who believe it may help address budget shortfalls. But it's possible a greater emphasis on income will have county government paying more in wealthier jurisdictions like Carroll.
Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday appointed six more members to a commission charged with redrawing Maryland’s congressional district map after a federal court ruled one of the state’s districts was unconstitutionally drawn to diminish Republican influence.
Although President Donald Trump has little to do with running local governments in Maryland, he played an outsize role in politics here in 2018. Trump’s actions prompted backlash among the electorate, which in November voted out several high-profile Republicans in the state.
A new Maryland law seeks to encourage organ donation by offering up to $7,500 in tax credits. Unfortunately, studies show such breaks don't boost donor numbers. For that, we should allow compensation. The National Organ Transplant Act must be overturned.
Opposition is mounting in the Democratic-controlled Maryland legislature to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s proposal for a new Washington Redskins stadium on parkland overlooking the Potomac River in Prince George’s County. House Speaker Michael Busch says the state has more pressing needs.
The Maryland General Assembly is bringing in former First Lady Michelle Obama's chief of staff to conduct sexual harassment prevention training for 188 lawmakers and their staffs. The training comes after a women’s caucus report that detailed accounts of harassment in Annapolis.
A Massachusetts company that trades on the Canadian stock exchange has offered $30 million to a Frederick firm to expand its presence beyond its current Baltimore County store in a deal that challenges a regulation prohibiting such consolidation.
The day after it was announced that University of Maryland President Wallace Loh would retire in the wake of a football scandal — but that the football coach would remain in College Park — state lawmakers called for a hearing to investigate the matter.
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has decided to appeal a case in which federal judges threw out the 6th congressional district map as unfair to Republican voters. His office says he wants a clear, national standard for drawing such maps and has a duty to defend state law.
A state commission investigating the Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force scandal will get secret records from the police department — but will have to sign an agreement to keep them from public view.
The day after becoming just the second Republican to be re-elected governor in Maryland history, Larry Hogan pledged to continue governing the blue state as a centrist as he laid out some of his second-term agenda.
A three-judge federal court panel has ruled Maryland drew the boundary lines for the 6th congressional district in an unconstitutional way to benefit Democrats. The court banned the state from using those boundaries in the future. Attorney General Brian Frosh is reviewing whether to appeal.
Brendan Iribe, the virtual reality pioneer whose name will grace a new $152 million computer science building opening at the University of Maryland College Park next year, has written Gov. Larry Hogan to express his dismay over the Board of Regents and support for UMD President Loh.
More candidates younger than 30 will appear on Maryland general election ballots this fall than in 2014. Political experts and leading scholars say that reflects national trends that show higher levels of engagement and optimism among young people. At least 26 candidates under 30 are running.