Former Anne Arundel executive jailed for misconduct files for Md. House seat
ANNAPOLIS — Former Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold, who resigned in 2013 after being convicted of misconduct in office, filed Friday to run for a seat in the House of Delegates in District 31B. Leopold, a 74-year-old Republican, spent 30 days in jail after a judge found him guilty of using members of his ...
Frosh urges justices to uphold Md. congressional district
With the Supreme Court poised to rule on political gerrymandering this year, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh urged the justices to uphold a congressional district Republican voters say the state’s Democratic-led General Assembly redrew unconstitutionally to replace a GOP House member with a Democratic one. In papers filed with the court Wednesday, Frosh said the Republicans ...
Kamenetz chooses Valerie Ervin as running mate in Md governor's race
PIKESVILLE — Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, a Democratic candidate for governor, has announced that former Montgomery County Council President Valerie Ervin will join his campaign as a candidate for lieutenant governor. Kamenetz said Thursday that Ervin — if elected — would become Maryland’s first female African-American lieutenant governor. Ervin served two terms on the ...
Md. Senate committee considers complicated health care changes
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers were still making changes to a bill designed to stabilize the individual health insurance market hours before a hearing Wednesday, demonstrating the complexity of finding a solution to federal health care changes. Late changes to a bill presented to the Senate Finance Committee allowed it to dovetail with several other bills ...
Hogan, Democrat introduce bills creating school watchdogs
ANNAPOLIS — Prompted by alleged grade-fixing in Prince George’s County Public Schools and perjury and theft allegations in the Baltimore area, a pair of bills in the General Assembly would establish investigative offices to oversee schools in Maryland. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and a Democratic lawmaker each are attempting to get their own education accountability ...
Maryland weighs reviving insurance for health insurers
To help steady Maryland's struggling health care exchange, Maryland is considering steps some other states have started taking to stabilize insurance markets.
Md. cyberbullying bill draws mother's praise, ACLU's scorn
ANNAPOLIS – Legislation to expand Maryland’s law against cyberbullying of youngsters drew praise Tuesday from the mother of a child driven to suicide but scorn from a First Amendment advocate who said the statutory expansion would violate free speech. Appearing before a Senate committee, Christine McComas said her 15-year-old daughter, Grace – who inspired the ...
Bill would ultimately let Md. voters decide whether to legalize pot
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland voters would have their say on the legalization of recreational marijuana if a group of lawmakers have their way. A proposal sponsored by Sen. William C. Smith Jr., D-Montgomery, calls for an amendment to Maryland’s constitution that would legalize recreational marijuana for commercial purposes, which would be taxed and regulated similar to alcohol. All ...
Md. Senate committee scrutinizes potential impact of salary history bill
The Senate Finance Committee heard testimony Tuesday on a bill that would prohibit employers from asking applicants about past wages as advocates this year make a second run at getting the bill. The House passed similar legislation last year but received an unfavorable report from the Senate Finance Committee last year and pushback from some ...
Baker chooses AG division head Embry as running mate in governor's race
ANNAPOLIS — Most of the Democrats running in the crowded Maryland primary for governor have announced their running mates and four out of five of them so far are women. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker announced Elizabeth Embry as his running mate Tuesday. Embry is a former Baltimore prosecutor and division chief in the ...