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Dr. Leana Wen: A citizen’s guide to good health (access required)

This spring, conversations across our city are focusing on the state of the economy, public safety, and education. These are all essential issues – but there is another critical topic that cuts across all of them: health. In Baltimore, we ...

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Seth M. Rotenberg: Your presence is (not necessarily) requested at foreclosure sales (access required)

In the recent case of Fisher v. Ward, et al., the Maryland Court of Special Appeals held that a foreclosure trustee need not be physically present at a foreclosure sale, and that the trustee’s “constructive” presence would suffice.  Additionally, the ...

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Del. Christopher R. West: ‘Earning’ back the right to vote (access required)

During the 2015 session of the Maryland General Assembly, legislators passed Senate Bill 340, which would allow a convicted felon to vote after he has been released from prison but while he is still on parole or probation. Governor Hogan ...

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Employees shouldn’t have to choose between job, health (access required)

Over 700,000 Marylanders continue to face impossible choices between their jobs and their health – between their family’s economic security and the well-being of their children – all while policymakers have failed to act. The Maryland General Assembly can do better in 2016.

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Sick leave mandate is bad for business (access required)

In a time where businesses, regardless of size, are slowly recovering while still trying to juggle the fluctuating stresses of the economy, additional mandates like paid sick leave will make it harder for businesses to grow and prosper in Maryland.

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Maryland Secure Retirement Plan – Right Diagnosis – Wrong Prescription (access required)

The proposed Maryland Secure Retirement legislation will require small employers to withhold amounts from their employee’s paycheck. These funds will be placed in an account managed by the state. The likelihood of another failed government program, in my opinion, is very strong.

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Help expand retirement savings options (access required)

One million Maryland working people have no retirement savings and no payroll deduction option to save for retirement. That's the fact, documented by a study group appointed last year by Governor Martin O'Malley and chaired by former Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

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Redistricting reform needed (access required)

In states where they hold a majority in the state legislature, Republicans have pulled the same trick, drawing oddly-shaped districts to isolate the Democrats and guarantee the election of Republican lawmakers.

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Maryland needs sensible marijuana reform (access required)

Two years ago the Legislature made a sweeping change to our marijuana laws. The possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana became a civil offense and not a crime. However, the Legislature failed to do anything about paraphernalia used to smoke marijuana. We were in the odd position of having less than 10 grams of marijuana as a civil violation but the pipe used to smoke it was a criminal violation.

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