The Week That Was

April 02, 2006

Takeover of city schools delayed

The General Assembly approved a one-year moratorium on the state's plan to take over 11 failing Baltimore middle and high schools because of low performance. The moratorium passed by a margin large enough to override an expected veto by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Assembly backs BGE veto bill

The General Assembly approved a bill that would give the legislature veto power over the proposed merger between the corporate parent of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and a Florida utility. It also voted to fire the five members of the state Public Service Commission and replace them with regulators predominantly selected by lawmakers.

Stem cell research approved

Maryland will become the fourth state in the nation to authorize tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research, under a bill passed by the General Assembly. The governor has said he will sign the bill.

Schools give to campaigns

Nearly 20 schools - including a handful of public schools - have made donations to political campaigns in Maryland in recent years, prompting criticism that the money should be spent on students, not candidates.

Drought forces burning ban

With no significant rainfall in the forecast for Maryland, the state Department of Natural Resources announced a ban on open-air burning in most of the state. In addition to charcoal grills, the ban restricts campfires and leaf and trash burning.

Dundalk complex to be sold

Baltimore County officials announced an agreement to purchase a blighted apartment complex in Dundalk's Yorkway corridor. Officials hope the plan to demolish the complex will help revitalize the neighborhood.

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