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Aug 9, 2012

Maryland lawmakers start second special session

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers convened for the year’s second special session Thursday to consider a significant expansion of gambling in the state to raise more revenue and create jobs. The measure, which is tailored to make Maryland more competitive with neighboring states with a larger variety of gambling options, would allow table games like craps […]

Aug 8, 2012

Md. lawmakers reviewing bill on gambling

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers and casino owners are reviewing Gov. Martin O’Malley’s 55-page measure to expand gambling on the eve of a special session. O’Malley, for his part, said Wednesday the bill will increase state revenue and jobs. He also says he’s “so sick of this issue” and wants to settle it. The measure would […]

Jun 1, 2012

Cordish urges Md. to wait on additional casino

ANNAPOLIS — The owner of Maryland’s largest casino is urging state lawmakers to at least wait to see how casinos perform before adding a sixth. David Cordish spoke on Friday to a work group of lawmakers who are considering how to expand gambling in the state. He says he’s already put up more than $500 […]

May 16, 2012

O’Malley will call second session on gambling

ANNAPOLIS — Just hours after the General Assembly concluded work Wednesday on the budget in a special legislative session, Gov. Martin O’Malley confirmed he will call another special session to debate expanded gambling in the state. The governor said he agreed with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Calvert and Prince George’s, and House […]

May 9, 2012

O’Malley, lawmakers to discuss special session

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley and leading lawmakers are set to discuss Maryland’s upcoming special legislative session. The Democratic governor agreed to call the special session after the Democratic-led legislature failed to agree on a budget, triggering more than $500 million in cuts. The House and Senate are expected to use the session to push […]

May 2, 2012

Inching closer to a special session

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley and General Assembly leaders are getting closer to calling a special legislative session for the week of May 14. But they’re not ready yet. O’Malley and the presiding officers of the legislature signed 294 bills in the second bill-signing ceremony since the legislature adjourned with an unwanted “doomsday” budget in […]

Apr 30, 2012

Faith leaders ask lawmakers to reverse budget cuts

Faith leaders want the Maryland legislature to restore budget cuts that came with the so-called doomsday budget passed by the General Assembly earlier this month. Religious leaders are scheduled to release a letter Monday morning asking the lawmakers to do away with the more than $500 million in cuts and enact a tax increase on […]

Apr 27, 2012

Lawmakers optimistic about cyber bill prospects

WASHINGTON — House Republicans and Democrats expressed optimism Friday about sending a cybersecurity bill to President Barack Obama this year despite significant disagreements with the Senate and the White House. The House delivered a strong bipartisan vote Thursday for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act despite a White House veto threat. The bill would […]

Apr 24, 2012

O’Malley scheduled to meet with Busch, Miller

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley is scheduled to have breakfast with the General Assembly’s presiding officers to talk about holding a special session. O’Malley is set to meet at the governor’s residence with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller on Tuesday morning. The Maryland General Assembly ended up adjourning from […]

Apr 18, 2012

State employees unveil “Doomsday Clock” for cuts

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland state employees will be unveiling a “Doomsday Clock” to count down when a half a billion in budget cuts will take effect, unless a special session is called to change the budget. The Maryland State Education Association is planning to show the clock on Wednesday at its Annapolis office. MSEA says an […]

Apr 10, 2012

Scenes from Sine Die

A contentious General Assembly session came to a close Monday night in Annapolis. The traditional frantic last day lived up to its billing, with the "doomsday" budget being enacted after lawmakers failed to reach a compromise on the budget, which could lead to a special session.

Apr 7, 2012

Short on time, General Assembly has weekend session

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers are holding an unusual weekend session to catch up. Both the House of Delegates and Senate are scheduled to work on Saturday, two days before scheduled adjournment at midnight Monday. A panel of House and Senate negotiators has yet to move a package of budget measures back to the chambers for […]

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