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

Perforating tools, used to create fractures in the rock, are lowered into one of six wells during a roughly two-week hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. Proponents of hydraulic fracturing point to the economic benefits from vast amounts of formerly inaccessible hydrocarbons that now can be extracted with hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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 ...

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Special session for cannabis? Busch says we just finished one

House Speaker Michael Busch, left, and Senate President Miller sit side by side during the 2017 Annapolis Summit.  (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

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.

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

The Maryland State House. (File)

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 ...

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Md. lawmakers tackled range of health issues in 2017 session

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen (Adam Bednar/The Daily Record).

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 ...

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

Dennis Schrader and Wendi Peters

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 ...

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