Aumann bows out of Md. Senate race, re-election bid
A four-term Republican state delegate who was expected to be the favorite to succeed Democratic Sen. Jim Brochin in 2018 has announced she will instead leave the General Assembly. Del. Susan Aumann, R-Baltimore County, said Monday that she is stepping back to take care of her 90-year old mother, whose health has required an increased ...
Indicted lawmaker Oaks says he'll stay in office, fight charges
A Maryland state senator facing federal corruption charges says he plans to remain in office while he fights the allegations. The Baltimore Sun reports Sen. Nathaniel Oaks wants his trial rescheduled until after the 2018 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly. Oaks said he is still fulfilling his duties as a state senator and ...
Chesapeake Bay watershed states call for federal support
ANNAPOLIS — Leaders of states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed called Thursday for continued federal support of the nation’s largest estuary. The Chesapeake Executive Council signed a resolution urging federal support and also elected Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan as its new chairman. “As a lifelong Marylander who has always had a love for the Chesapeake ...
Maryland inks deal with Uber, Lyft for BWI Marshall rides
The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved contracts allowing travelers to use select ride-sharing services to travel to and from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Local news outlets report per a two-year deal approved Wednesday, the airport will establish dedicated zones for Uber and Lyft, which will pay $2.50 for each ride. While Uber ...
More than 2,000 died of drug overdoses in Maryland in 2016
More than 2,000 people died of drug and alcohol overdoses in Maryland last year, an increase of 66 percent over 2015. Calling the deaths a “grim tide,” Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Dennis Schrader said in a statement Thursday that the statistics represent the largest single-year increase ever recorded in Maryland. Health officials say the ...
Board of Public Works renews push to keep juvenile placements in state
ANNAPOLIS — Comptroller Peter Franchot Wednesday called on the state Department of Juvenile Services to find a way to transition more than three dozen juveniles in out-of-state facilities back to Maryland. The Board of Public Works Wednesday approved 39 contracts valued at more than $249.3 million for placement of youth in the custody of the ...
Baltimore judge orders DHMH to provide plan to treat incompetent, dangerous defendants
Officials from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have been ordered by a judge to present a plan later this month on admitting and treating criminal defendants who have been found incompetent to stand trial. Baltimore City District Judge George Lipman issued the order Monday related to 17 defendants who were found, between March 1 ...
Jilted Md. medical marijuana licensee seeks clarification of court order
A company that failed in its bid for a medical marijuana growing license is asking the state’s highest court to resolve an ambiguous order Friday that may have left the state’s medical cannabis program in limbo. A motion filed Friday afternoon by Alternative Medicine Maryland, LLC asked the Court of Appeals to clarify its order in which ...
Is the political war on rural Maryland dead?
ANNAPOLIS — In 2009, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley closed the visitor center at the Sideling Hill cut, the symbolic gateway to Western Maryland, as a cost-saving effort. Some saw the move as personal, or at least confirmation of how the former governor felt about the state’s rural counties. “We had only two visitor centers ...
Who will succeed Md. Speaker Busch?
The speaker's health problems have spurred discussions about who will replace him when the time comes. Two names have risen to the top.