Democrats’ earned-leave bill heads to Maryland House floor
ANNAPOLIS — A Democrat-backed earned-leave bill is headed to the House floor after being given a favorable report from the House Economic Matters Committee. The bill had failed last year, after dying in a Senate committee. Gov. Larry Hogan’s related measure, which would require paid leave for larger companies than the Democrats’ bill, is not ...
Women's Law Center pushes back on underage marriage ban
Legislation to prohibit marriage for anyone younger than 18 drew criticism from women’s rights advocates at a hearing in the Maryland House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. House Bill 799, introduced by Del. Vanessa Atterbeary, D-Howard, would do away with current provisions that allow a 16- or 17-year-old to get married with parental permission or proof ...
Trump puts moderate GOP governors in awkward spot
WASHINGTON (AP) — These should be heady times for the GOP as the nation’s governors prepare to gather for their winter meeting in Washington, D.C. Republicans hold 33 governorships, compared with just 16 for Democrats, and the GOP has full control of the legislatures in two-thirds of the states. But there is a sense of ...
A split over bill preserving judges' discretion to assess bail
Public defenders and bail bondsmen are divided over a bill to preserve judges' ability to assess bail on criminal defendants beyond their financial means.
Trump protesters interrupt BPW meeting, ask Hogan to respond
ANNAPOLIS — Activists opposed to President Donald Trump interrupted a public meeting Wednesday and called on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to take a stand against his policies. Three women interrupted the Board of Public Works meeting to ask why the Republican governor wasn’t speaking out against Trump. Samantha Easton of Easton, Maryland, rose from her ...
Zirkin denies judge's allegation of 'unethical' trial delay tactic
A Baltimore city judge called Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin “unethical” during a hearing last month for attempting to use his legislative privilege to delay a medical malpractice case by entering his appearance on behalf of the defendants less than two weeks before trial and seeking a postponement. But Zirkin said Wednesday the judge’s remarks ...
Frosh’s new authority to sue feds draws praise, scorn
If you were surprised to discover that Maryland’s attorney general lacks the independent authority to sue the federal government, you are not alone.
Md. deforestation, fracking bills spark rallies before hearing
ANNAPOLIS — Support for forest protection and opposition to hydraulic fracturing sparked two different rallies Wednesday, just before the House Environment and Transportation Committee heard testimony on three related bills. Two of the bills would ban and criminalize hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The other would require developers to replant an acre of trees for every ...
For Hogan, Md. transportation conversation starts with repeal
ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan’s chief lobbyist said the first-term Republican is willing to negotiate with the legislature over a controversial transportation scoring law — with one major caveat. Chris Shank, Hogan’s legislative officer, told the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee Wednesday that the governor is willing to work with lawmakers “but that conversation starts ...
After ACLU letter, Hogan aides unblock 6 from governor's Facebook page
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s aides have begun unblocking people from his Facebook page after facing criticism for barring critics and a threat of legal action from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. The ACLU wrote Hogan’s office Friday demanding a review of all 450 people barred from posting and the restoration of ...