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Apr 10, 2013

Employers eager for new foreign worker program

WASHINGTON — As desperate as unemployed Americans are to find work, there are still some jobs that many would never consider applying for because they are seen as too dirty, too demanding or just plain unappealing. But employers that struggle to fill those jobs — washing dishes, cleaning hotels, caring for the elderly — could […]

Apr 9, 2013

O’Malley signs filing-fee surcharge bill

Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law a measure extending surcharges on filing fees in civil cases until June 30, 2018, securing a revenue source that provides about $6 million annually for legal services to low-income Marylanders.

Apr 4, 2013

C. Fraser Smith: Dissecting gun control’s victory in Annapolis

Maryland, says the people’s lobbyist Vincent DeMarco, is pulling back the curtain on a life-saving secret: licensing and fingerprinting of gun buyers may reduce gun death in America.

Apr 2, 2013

Still a few items for Senate, House to resolve on budget

With less than a week remaining in the General Assembly’s regular 90-day session, the House of Delegates and Senate have identified a few sticking points in ongoing budget negotiations that are expected to continue this week.

Mar 19, 2013

Bigger, stronger metro council proposed

Several Baltimore-area lawmakers want to increase the power and reach of a regional group that leads the metropolitan area’s transportation planning.

Mar 1, 2013

Death penalty: Battle for hearts and minds

The Senate on Friday began debate on legislation to repeal capital punishment in Maryland, with abolitionist legislators saying the death penalty does not deter heinous crimes and carries the risk that a wrongly convicted person could be executed.

Feb 8, 2013

Md. lawmakers propose meat antibiotics labeling

ANNAPOLIS — A group of Maryland lawmakers wants meat labels to list antibiotics given to animals while they were raised. Washington County Sen. Ronald Young told The Daily Times of Salisbury that many people don’t like to buy meat from animals treated with antibiotics. Young says the bill he is sponsoring along with five other […]

Jan 21, 2013

CSA asks lawmakers to add two judges

Two judges would be added to Maryland’s intermediate Court of Special Appeals under legislation pending before the General Assembly.

Jan 17, 2013

Sheriffs, state lawmakers push back on gun control

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — From Oregon to Mississippi, President Barack Obama’s proposed ban on new assault weapons and large-capacity magazines struck a nerve among rural lawmen and lawmakers, many of whom vowed to ignore any restrictions — and even try to stop federal officials from enforcing gun policy in their jurisdictions. “A lot of sheriffs […]

Jan 9, 2013

Baltimore lawmakers support speed camera decision

Members of the General Assembly’s Baltimore City delegation say they support a decision to replace the city’s speed cameras. Senator Catherine Pugh tells WBAL News that the city’s decision, inspired by ticketing problems and inconsistencies involving the several dozen cameras around Baltimore, is a “step in the right direction.” She says she’d like to see [&hell[...]

Oct 17, 2012

Lawmakers debate repeat audit offenders

ANNAPOLIS — Tired of auditors finding the same problems in state agencies over and over again, legislators on the Joint Audit Committee are kicking around proposals that would put some teeth in the law and force agencies fix the problems auditors found. “I have been on this committee for a long time,” Sen. John Astle, […]

Sep 16, 2012

Md. lawmakers don’t think farm bill will pass before Oct.

With the U.S. Farm Bill of 2008 about to expire Sept. 30, advocates from Maryland and across the nation are pressuring Congress to quickly pass the 2012 bill that would end the subsidies for big corporate farms before Congress breaks for the election. But Maryland lawmakers are not confident it will make that deadline. Both […]

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