Del. Michael D. Smigiel Sr.

Aug 14, 2012

Tax cut for casinos would shrink education fund revenue

A decision Tuesday by a House of Delegates committee to further cut taxes on two Maryland casino owners would leave the state with $32 million less by fiscal 2017 when compared to the bill that passed the Senate.

Jul 11, 2012

Attorney General: Pit bull law on hold

An opinion from the Office of the Maryland Attorney General could ease the mind of pit bull owners and their landlords, but an Upper Shore lawmaker cautioned that the opinion is not binding. The opinion, signed by Assistant Attorney General Kathryn M. Rowe, states that the Court of Appeals’ recent ruling making owners and their […]

Jun 26, 2012

Work on pit bulls slows

ANNAPOLIS — With plans to hold a special General Assembly session in July on life support, a task force studying a ruling by Maryland’s high court that imposes strict liability on pit bull owners and their landlords has slowed its deliberations. After meeting twice in two weeks while trying to draft legislation, members of the […]

Jan 3, 2012

Smigiel and Parrott offer bills to clarify petition signatures

ANNAPOLIS — A group of citizens last year, upset about a new law granting in-state tuition to some of the state’s illegal immigrants, was the first in 20 years to successfully petition a law to a statewide ballot. The referendum on the tuition law, which will take place in November, raised significant issues about the […]

May 15, 2011

Chief Judge Bell seeks veto of Md. subpoena-copying bill

Maryland’s top judge is urging Gov. Martin O’Malley to veto legislation that would allow attorneys to photocopy subpoena forms signed and sealed by circuit court clerks, saying the ability to produce an unlimited number of valid summonses without court oversight could cause “profound” damage and abuse of the judicial system. House Bill 22 would permit […]

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