Senate axes salary of acting Planning secretary
ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Senate has voted to prohibit salary payments for the acting state Department of Planning secretary who has continued in her position even after Gov. Larry Hogan withdrew her nomination. The Senate voted 33-14, along strict party lines, to restrict Wendi Peters from being paid in her capacity as interim secretary of ...
Senate passes bill undoing Judiciary's bail-reform rule
Senate passes bill to block Judiciary bail-reform rule by lifting its requirement that judges prefer non-financial conditions for defendant’s pre-trial release.
Committee moves fracking ban to full Md. Senate
ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland Senate committee voted Wednesday to allow a ban on fracking to go to the full Senate. The Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee voted 8-3 to send House Bill 1325 to the Senate floor less than a week after Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said he would sign such a measure. The ...
Senate gives preliminary approval to bill undoing Judiciary's bail reform
Senate gives preliminary approval to bill to block Judiciary rule requiring judges to prefer imposing non-bail conditions on a defendant’s pre-trial release.
Redistricting bill would have Md. get in line
ANNAPOLIS — Changes to how Maryland’s congressional districts are drawn may likely be dependent on what a group of other states also decide to do. The Maryland Senate is expected to hold a preliminary vote on a bill that would establish the framework for a compact with five other states — New Jersey, New York, ...
Maryland congressional redistricting reform bill voted down
ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland House panel has voted against Gov. Larry Hogan’s redistricting reform bill, but a Senate committee has passed a bill to create a mid-Atlantic compact for drawing congressional district lines. The Republican governor’s bill rejected Monday would have put redistricting in the hands of an independent commission. Leaders in the Democrat-controlled legislature ...
In child marriage debate, delegates get personal
Del. William G. Folden joined the military at age 17, leaving behind his high school sweetheart. Despite feeling “fearless,” at the time, he did not propose. More than 25 years later, he’s glad he did not tie the knot. “When you’re 17, young love is great,” the Frederick County Republican told his fellow delegates Friday. ...
Md. congressmen ask Hogan to voice opposition to AHCA
ANNAPOLIS — Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation rallied outside the governor’s mansion Monday, calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to lend his voice to an effort to oppose a proposed repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Opponents of the repeal estimate that as many as 400,000 people in Maryland could lose their insurance and ...
Maryland House passes unpaid water bill relief measure
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s House of Delegates has passed a bill that would give Marylanders who fall behind on their water bills a year’s reprieve from the threat of having their homes sold. Lawmakers in the House of Delegates passed the legislation Saturday on a 125 to 12 vote. The measure now goes to the state ...
Hogan backs fracking ban in Md.
ANNAPOLIS — Opponents of fracking in Maryland got a major boost Friday when Gov. Larry Hogan announced he will support a complete ban in the state. Hogan was flanked by Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles and Sen. Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin, D-Baltimore County and a sponsor of Senate legislation seeking to ban the ...