Author Archives: Capital News Service

Troubled Waxter center will remain open

ANNAPOLIS – The House Judiciary Committee has heard testimony on a bill that would close Laurel’s state-run Thomas J.S. Waxter Center for female juvenile offenders. But Delegate Kathleen Dumais, D-Montgomery, who sponsored the bill, says she did not expect it ...

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Md. renewable energy goals face obstacles

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland has an ambitious goal of producing 20 percent of its electricity with renewable resources by 2022. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as energy companies, agree that it’s important to bring the renewable energy ...

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Archbishop O’Brien lobbies for BOAST bill

ANNAPOLIS — Archbishop of Baltimore Edwin O’Brien personally asked the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday to support a controversial tax credit for donations to scholarships and enrichment programs for public and private schools. The Building Opportunities for All Students ...

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Poultry farmers resist ban on arsenic in feed

ANNAPOLIS — The state attorney general and some legislators in both houses are backing a ban on arsenic in chicken feed, a move they say will help poultry farmers and the environment. But industry representatives say the measure would disadvantage ...

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Reluctant lawmakers considering a bag tax

ANNAPOLIS — The General Assembly has been reluctant to raise taxes in an election year, but 39 legislators across both chambers are cosponsoring an act that would place a 5-cent tax on disposable carryout bags. The Chesapeake Bay Restoration Consumer ...

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Alcohol tax pits supporters against industry

ANNAPOLIS — Supporters of a dime-a-drink tax told a Senate committee Wednesday they need the fee in order to provide essential funds for mental health, disabilities and substance abuse programs to Marylanders. But opponents claimed the alcohol tax would deprive ...

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