When the new Baltimore City Council convenes Dec. 8, more than half will take their seats in the chamber for the first time. The newcomers are pledging to push a more liberal agenda than their predecessors, including increasing the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Former Mayor Sheila Dixon, who narrowly lost the Democratic primary to reclaim her old job, is expected to launch a write-in campaign for mayor Tuesday — a move expected to shake up what's been a relatively quiet general election race to date.
The Baltimore City Council is expected to pass a $660 million public financing package for Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank's massive Port Covington project — a deal supporters tout as a way to bring thousands of jobs to Baltimore but critics decry as corporate welfare.
The Baltimore City Council is expected to vote today in favor of a $660 million financing package for Under Armour CEO's massive Port Covington project — one of the most hotly debated issues the lawmakers have faced in years.
The Baltimore City Council began to undergo a monumental shift Tuesday as a number of younger, novice politicians were poised to win Democratic nominations that historically secure victories in November's general election.
Months after asking the U.S. Department of Justice to reform the Baltimore police force, Commissioner Anthony W. Batts went before a City Council committee to detail how much force officers used during arrests.
Baltimore officials say in newly disclosed documents they will take four years to fully implement a police body camera program — sparking criticism from City Council members who accuse the Rawlings-Blake administration of dragging its feet.
The City Council's budget committee signed off Friday on the Baltimore public school system's spending plan for next year after grilling CEO Gregory Thornton about 59 layoffs nobody wanted. Thornton said he had done all he could to keep the council informed and to minimize the number of layoffs. "This is not a slash-and-burn budget," he said.
Rejecting arguments by the Rawlings-Blake administration, key City Council members made clear Tuesday they plan to push ahead with legislation to equip police officers with body cameras to film their interactions with the public.
As officials prepare to announce details Monday on a federal probe of the city police department, some community leaders are raising questions about the relationship between the police commissioner and a key Department of Justice official.
Two influential City Councilmen introduced legislation Monday requiring every police officer in Baltimore to wear a body camera within a year — a move they argue would cut down on police brutality in the aftermath of several high-profile misconduct allegations.