Maryland lawmakers outline plans to fight opioid overdoses
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers outlined on Friday the proposals they brought together into two measures to help fight the epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse. American Medical Association chairwoman Patricia Harris praised what she called a “comprehensive, treatment-focused approach.” “Combined, these two pieces of legislation are among the most comprehensive bills in state legislatures, providing ...
Hogan vows veto of education bill
ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday vowed to veto an education bill he said could cost the state hundreds of millions in federal funding and all but eliminate the ability to hold low-performing schools accountable. The veto threat — the third such promise made by Hogan — comes as the Senate is expected to ...
O'Malley must testify in GOP redistricting challenge, judge says
Ex-Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley must testify in a challenge to a congressional district Republicans allege was unconstitutionally redrawn to favor Democrats.
Future uncertain for Md. salary history bill
A bill seeking to close the wage gap between men and women in Maryland must overcome an unfavorable report from a Senate committee if it has any chance of becoming law. Senate Bill 404 would require employers with 15 or more employees to include salary information in job announcements and prohibit certain employers from seeking ...
Addams Family actor lends voice to Md. fracking opposition
ANNAPOLIS — The actor who played the patriarch of the Addams Family says the gas drilling process known as fracking is no joke. John Astin, a Baltimore native and comedian who played Gomez Addams, is the voice of a radio ad that supporters of a ban are broadcasting Thursday morning. Astin says in the ad ...
Maryland GOP ridicules redistricting reform bill as 'a joke'
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Republicans are ridiculing a congressional redistricting reform bill supported by Democrats as an insincere “joke.” The Maryland Senate gave the measure initial approval Wednesday. Earlier this week, a House panel rejected Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s redistricting reform bill, which would have put the drawing of congressional districts in the hands of an ...
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.