Local government and university leaders are struggling to craft spending plans amid uncertainty over the state budget — and over how a package of threatened cuts might affect schools, roads and public safety.
House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, whose clashes over gambling helped bring about a chaotic ending to the 2012 General Assembly session, agreed Tuesday that a special session is needed to fix Maryland's budget.
Some community leaders want to increase the property surtax in Midtown Baltimore by more than a third to pay for more security cameras and safety patrols — a plan that has divided residents over whether a tax increase and public safety upgrades are needed.
The Anne Arundel County Police Department's second in command said Monday night that he has asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate alleged police misconduct related to a criminal indictment against County Executive John R. Leopold.
The ACLU of Maryland called on the state Public Safety secretary to launch an audit of a local police department's use of the state criminal history database in order to determine whether information on Leopold's alleged "enemies list" was accessed and disseminated.
A Baltimore County gun owner, whose federal lawsuit led a judge to this month declare a portion of Maryland's gun laws unconstitutional, has filed a court motion to protect the ruling, which would make it easier for state residents to carry firearms.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland renewed calls Thursday for the Anne Arundel County Council to investigate County Executive John R. Leopold after revelations that a police database containing criminal records may have been illegally accessed at his behest to research opponents.
Anne Arundel County police officers and firefighters have made themselves clear: they don't believe the county's leadership can help their departments' problems, which they say will imperil public safety.
If a good decision is to be made with regard to Harford County's water and sewer policy direction, issues like these need to be addressed and a lot more questions need to be answered. The passage of the bills before the council doesn't need to be held up to deal with the issue, but if another dozen or so water and sewer bills are given the pass-through treatment, over the span of a few years the county could end up with a de facto countywide water and sewer system that grew out of bureaucratic
Opponents of Maryland's strict gun laws have long complained that obtaining a permit to carry a handgun has been nearly impossible. Among the many rules, the state requires that applicants show a "good and substantial reason" to carry around a handgun.
To its credit, the legislature is not completely throwing out the concept of requiring additional legal representation in the early stages of criminal proceedings. Instead, it is pursuing what is unquestionably a more practical way of achieving it. Whether lawmakers' solution also serves the cause of justice remains to be seen.
Federal officials began implementing Secure Communities in Baltimore last week, despite objections from city leaders that it will hurt the relationship between police and the immigrant community. Many immigrants —documented or not — say the program makes them less likely to report crime.
By By John Fritze and Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun
Saying they are stretched too thin and face problems with a new dispatch and reporting system, Anne Arundel County police supervisor unions are blaming the administration for a situation they claim is taking a toll on them and public safety.
A controversial program that lets U.S. Immigration and Customs officials check the citizenship status of arrestees booked in jail will be expanded to include Baltimore despite objections from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and immigration advocates.
As builders near completion of the largest slots casino adjacent to Arundel Mills in Hanover, state legislators are considering a bill that would expand slot parlors – and table games —into Prince George's County.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake rejected her schools chief's proposal to borrow $1.2 billion to fix Baltimore's crumbling school buildings, touting her own more modest plan as realistic in her State of the City address Monday.