Jan 12, 2007

As assembly starts, here's to relativism in the law

As the newly elected Maryland General Assembly convenes, its potential work product in 2007 becomes a topic of discussion amid almost any gathering of judges, lawyers, and business people, whether over coffee in their respective workplaces, post-holiday brunches, or even after work over a beer. The topics range from criminal justice to land use.

Jan 12, 2007

A Muslim in the House advances religious freedom

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., doesn

Jan 11, 2007

Statewide smoking ban's chance of approval may improve in the House

Legislation to ban smoking at bars and restaurants statewide will probably be assigned to a different House committee than in previous years, possibly giving it a greater chance of moving forward.

Jan 11, 2007

Dear Mr. CEO:

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Jan 10, 2007

Eminent domain returns as assembly opens

Legislation to ensure fair compensation to businesses dislocated during eminent domain proceedings has already been introduced in the Maryland Senate, bringing back one of last year

Jan 10, 2007

Dodd: U.S. needs to crack down on predatory lending practices

The government must reform lending practices that prevent the poor from saving money and owning a home, said Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., the incoming chairman of the Senate committee on banking, housing, and urban affairs.

Jan 10, 2007

States take Enron shareholders' side

Thirty states, including Maryland, have taken the side of Enron shareholders seeking damages from big investment banks in a federal case over the banks

Jan 9, 2007

O'Malley plans less glitzy inaugural than Ehrlich's

Maryland returns to Democratic rule next week, but incoming Gov. Martin O

Jan 8, 2007

Former Mass. House speaker pleads guilty to obstruction of justice

Former Massachusetts House Speaker Thomas Finneran, once considered the most powerful man in the Statehouse, pleaded guilty Friday to obstruction of justice in a deal that spares him prison time for misrepresenting his role in a redistricting plan that diluted the clout of minority voters.

Jan 8, 2007

Nancy Pelosi visits hometown after becoming Speaker of the House

Newly elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a victory lap Friday through Baltimore, the blue-collar city where she grew up and learned politics from her father, who was mayor in the 1940s and 50s.

Jan 8, 2007

Business groups to propose health insurance issues alternatives

After two years trying to fend off legislative efforts to require certain companies to offer health benefits, state business groups are taking a hands-on approach to the health insurance debate this year.

Dec 21, 2006

President signs U.S. Postal Service legislation into law

New postal reform legislation that passed Congress calls for the first major changes in decades on how the post office works. Few Americans are likely to notice the difference.

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