2017 Maryland General Assembly

Jul 26, 2017

Energy lobbyists spent big in Md., but failed to win on fracking

ANNAPOLIS — The oil and natural gas industry spent more than $1.4 million to influence Maryland lawmakers during this year’s General Assembly session. But lobbyists still lost their fight to allow fracking in Maryland. The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that the American Petroleum Institute paid almost three times as much as the next-biggest spender on lobbying. […]

Jun 6, 2017

Hogan asks businesses for assist in sustaining sick leave veto

"We can't do it by ourselves," Hogan tells group in a state of business in Maryland speech.

May 15, 2017

One more Md. bill signing; fate of sick leave undecided still

Gov. Larry Hogan has scheduled May 25 event to sign at least some of the approximately 375 pieces of legislation passed earlier this year by the Maryland General Assembly.

Apr 19, 2017

Special session for cannabis? Busch says we just finished one

Prospects of a special session on medical cannabis licenses continue to be dim as the leaders of the House and Senate have yet to agree to a bill or even sit down and talk.

Apr 18, 2017

Sexual assault, tax credit legislation top list at Md. bill signing

ANNAPOLIS —  Legislation expanding protections for victims of sexual assault and human trafficking and tax credits for first responders and businesses that hire veterans topped the list of measures signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Larry Hogan. First on the list of the 211 bills signed into law was the Protecting Victims of Sex Trafficking […]

Apr 17, 2017

2017 Md. legislative session impacted tech industry

The 2017 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly ended at midnight on April 10. You are probably asking yourself, “So, what impact does the 2017 legislative session have on me as a technology entrepreneur?” Glad you asked. Several of the bills introduced had the power to affect technology entrepreneurs and their companies. Whether these […]

Apr 13, 2017

Trumping the session: General Assembly’s work shaped by new president

The typical third year of a General Assembly session is politically contentious and about setting the table for the coming election a year down the road. But in 2017, the 90-day session was as much about the 2016 election of President Donald Trump and how it could be tied to Gov. Larry Hogan and his […]

Apr 13, 2017

Workmanlike, for better and worse

The Maryland General Assembly completed another of its 90-day sessions in workmanlike style — for the most part. Workmanlike, yes, but animated by potentially ruinous decrees from the new Donald Trump White House. And then there were various levels of misbehavior — possible self-dealing — that turned out to be a session-long cloud over the […]

Apr 13, 2017

Md. lawmakers tackled range of health issues in 2017 session

Under the shadow of federal efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the General Assembly this session passed several bills that look to insulate Marylanders from changes to the health insurance law and passed packages of bills designed to combat the opioid crisis and deal with mental health issues. The legislature passed the Maryland […]

Apr 12, 2017

Hogan re-appoints Peters, Schrader over objections of Senate Democrats

Lawmakers barely got out of Annapolis before Gov. Larry Hogan sent a message about how the Senate handled his appointments. Two of the most contentious appointments — Wendi Peters and Dennis Schrader — were re-appointed by Hogan Tuesday, less than a day after the 90-day legislative session ended. The appointments were not announced in any […]

Apr 10, 2017

Seder survives Md. legislature’s Sine Die

The sine die Seder went off without a hitch as legislators broke from their mad dash to midnight to celebrate the Israelites' escape from Egyptian bondage.

Apr 10, 2017

A look at bills clearing the Maryland General Assembly

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s 90-day legislative session is coming to an end. Lawmakers will be working on legislation to battle opioid addiction and to make changes to the state’s medical marijuana law. A measure to protect internet privacy also remains before lawmakers, who are scheduled to adjourn Monday at midnight. Here is a look at some […]

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