Md. transportation agency backs self-driving car measure
ANNAPOLIS — The state’s Motor Vehicle Administration is advocating legislation that would transfer regulatory power of self-driving cars to the agency and the state police, saying the change may improve safety on Maryland roads and reduce human error. Motor Vehicle Administration representative Christine Nizer testified before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Tuesday in favor of the ...
Md. proposal would include police in hate-crime law
A Senate committee heard testimony regarding a proposal to extend Maryland hate-crime protections to law enforcement officers. The bill, originally titled The Blue Lives Matter Act of 2017, adds language to the Police Protection Act defining a law enforcement officer and protections given to officers to the existing Maryland hate crimes law. Sen. Bryan Simonaire, ...
Hogan touts 'too good to be true' Maryland budget
ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan said his proposed fiscal 2018 budget will do what is seemingly impossible — provide record increases in spending for education and other programs, increases for police and targeted tax cuts while simultaneously spending less. Hogan made the announcement — without specific details or budget books for the press — during a ...
House Judiciary Committee begins session with fewer members
The House Judiciary Committee has entered the 2017 General Assembly session with a net reduction of three members.
Interim report on school construction stops short of recommendations
ANNAPOLIS — Lawmakers awaiting advice from a panel charged with reviewing how public school construction and renovation projects in the state are selected and funded may have to develop their own plans or wait another year. An interim report discussed by the 21st Century School Facilities Commission ultimately will not contain any recommendations when it ...
Nick Mosby recommended for Baltimore House of Delegates seat
Democratic Party officials are recommending sending a former Baltimore councilman to the House of Delegates after their previous pick was indicted on campaign violations days before his swearing-in ceremony. Media outlets report that the Democratic Central Committee for the 40th Legislative District, which includes parts of central, west and south Baltimore, picked former Councilman Nick ...
Influential state Senate panel gets 2 new faces
The chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee welcomed his new vice chair Thursday by alluding to the panel’s history of rejecting many of her legislative proposals.
Hogan announces 'Justice for victims' legislative package
ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan Thursday announced a package of legislation aimed at strengthening criminal laws cracking down on sex offenders and traffickers and drunk drivers. Included in the governor’s agenda are three bills that Hogan said strengthen victim’s rights and another that provides $5 million in transitional housing assistance for crime victims. Hogan said his “Justice ...
Dropping the Mike: William Donald Schaefer was a 'bully'
Relationships can be difficult things even in politics where interpersonal connections always loom large. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. knows this as well as anyone and said he has tried to be a bridge in one of the most difficult political relationships in the state between House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Gov. ...
Hogan's tired of 'stupid questions about the Trump administration'
Gov. Larry Hogan Thursday bristled at reporter's questions about whether or not he would urge the Trump administration to uphold a consent decree agreement signed earlier by the Department of Justice and Baltimore City.