Almost 50 miles west of Baltimore lies one of the nation's gems of redevelopment. Once a depressing urban center, Frederick now receives accolades for its historic charm, vibrant night life and robust high-tech economy. What it doesn't have is a downtown hotel and conference center. For local movers and shakers, that's a critical gap they're seeking the state's help in filling. They're proposing a high-end $84 million Marriott hotel, to be financed with $31 million in public money.
One of the chief sponsors of a bill that would allow terminally ill Marylanders to end their lives has withdrawn the legislation amid stiff opposition, making it likely that the effort has again failed in the General Assembly.
State bills that call for significant Public Information Act reform, including a limit on fees charged for PIA requests and the creation of a compliance board have gathered the support of the Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association and various nonprofit organizations.
George picks former Frederick alderwoman as runDel. Ron George said Tuesday that he has selected former Frederick Alderwoman Shelley Aloi as his running mate in his longshot bid for the Republican nomination for governor.
Lawmakers and representatives of Maryland's county and municipal governments sparred Tuesday over a pair of bills in Annapolis that would raise the fines for sewage spills which annually dump millions of gallons of untreated waste into local waters and the Chesapeake Bay.
Attempting to break a years-long stalemate over transportation revenue, Senate President Thomas V. Miller intends to introduce his own legislation this year to provide new funding for roads ands transit using methods that break out of Maryland's traditional formulas.
Early voting in Maryland was meant to make the ballot box more accessible by giving voters additional chances to cast their ballots, but instead, the perceived shortcomings of the program have spawned a debate over costs, benefits and partisan bias.
Maryland legislators ended their special session on budget issues last week knowing there's a strong likelihood they may be summoned back to Annapolis in July to contend with the thorny issue of expanded gambling.
Last month, the county became the first in Maryland to declare English its official language, though supporters acknowledge the move was largely symbolic. Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's counties are considering similar laws as well.
State Planning Secretary Richard Hall defended the administration's effort to draft an executive order implementing Smart Growth rules against Senate Minority Leader E. J. Pipkin's demand that any such plan be submitted to the General Assembly for approval.
As the fate of the country's strictest anti-immigration laws in Alabama are challenged in court, the Frederick County Board of Commissioners is working to create similar laws to deter illegal immigrants.