State Digest


July 06, 2006

Court of Appeals gets voting case

The leaders of a Republican-supported petition drive to repeal by referendum Maryland's early-voting laws have taken their case to the state's highest court.

Marylanders for Fair Elections is appealing last week's ruling by an Anne Arundel County Circuit judge regarding a dispute between the volunteer group and the state Board of Elections.

The organization is trying to place a referendum on the November ballot to overturn two early-voting provisions enacted by the General Assembly.

Last week, an Anne Arundel County judge ruled that Marylanders for Fair Elections missed a critical deadline by which to request judicial review. The issue now goes to the Maryland Court of Appeals, which plans to hear the case July 25.

Kelly Brewington


Mayor O'Malley details opposition to LNG plant

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley has sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission opposing a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Baltimore County.

In the letter, dated June 28, O'Malley notes security and environmental concerns as his reasons for opposing the planned terminal at Sparrows Point, calling it "a potential bomb on the doorstep of Baltimore."

Virginia-based AES Corp. wants to build the LNG plant on a 60-acre plot near the Key Bridge. It would be accompanied by an 87-mile-long pipeline running into Pennsylvania.

Nicole Fuller

Montgomery Co.

Lake Needwood earthen dam stops leaking; draining goes on

Water has stopped leaking through the Lake Needwood Dam in Montgomery County, but state officials have declared the structure unsafe and are continuing to drain the lake.

The water level at the dam was 5 feet above normal yesterday, down from a high of 23 feet at the height of the recent storm, according to Mary Bradford, director of parks for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The lake is expected to drop to normal levels within two days, Bradford said.

Officials are continuing to monitor the dam, but said the public faces no imminent danger.

Nicole Fuller

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